To fully understand your health, one of the essential places to know and understand is your intuition and what is happening inside you. The phrase "instinct" is expressed when we talk about our intuition and emotions, but this saying could be more true than we imagine. Because all systems within your body work together to maintain optimal health, when a system is not balanced, it can cause a domino effect; causing problems in other areas of your body and creating a cascade of chronic health complications.
This is particularly true with respect to the gut and its impact on immune health. Your intestinal health and immune system are inextricably linked. Did you know that approximately seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is inside your digestive system? The intestine is usually the first entry point for exposure to pathogens (harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause disease); Therefore, your immune system must be healthy and prosperous to avoid disease.
The digestive system is made up of cells, proteins, tissues and organs that work together in a complex way to defend the body against harmful bacteria, infectious diseases and toxins. In fact, the intestinal mucosa connects with the largest population of immune cells in the body. These are also known as gastrointestinal immune cells; that come from the lymphoid branch of the immune system. Its goal is to secrete lymphocyte cells that attack harmful invaders. These lymph cells also form beams known as "Peyer's patches," which work together to protect the mucous membranes of the small intestine from infection. They do this by releasing specific white blood cells known as T cells and B cells to defend the interior of the digestive tract from infection, as well as the damage they cause to the intestinal walls.
In addition to containing specialized immune cells, particular strains of the friendly intestinal flora that reside in your intestines are also critical for overall immunity. These types act as powerful warriors for the immune system and are reliable allies for immune cells; Helping them to improve their effectiveness as a "natural killer" and increasing their general defense of intestinal walls to prevent pathogens and infections from being absorbed. This is a fundamental reason why it is so important to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in the intestine. Without them, your immune system can not do its job effectively, and in essence it is defenseless.
A variety of diseases can occur when these protective functions of the intestine are compromised. The intestinal permeability causes the immune system to start in excess; mounting an unnecessary response against things like gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food that has gone through these permeable holes in the intestinal lining. One of the first indications of leaky gut is the increase of food intolerances. If it is not cured, this can lead to immune abnormalities and eventually autoimmune diseases and other health problems. Some of these include inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, migraines, muscle pain and fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, type 1 diabetes, Graves disease, colitis, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, scleroderma, Crohn's disease and disease of Addison. Illness to name a few.
It is only in recent years that scientists are beginning to discover the vital importance of the link between diet, intestinal bacteria and the immune system. Scientific evidence now shows that the types of foods you eat will directly determine the levels of certain bacteria in your intestine.
Changing your diet will change the type of bacteria you have; that will support the strengthening of your immune system or exhaust your defensive capabilities. The conclusions drawn from the current research reveal that a healthy immune system is the result of a diet that supports intestinal intestinal function: one that emphasizes unprocessed whole foods and one that helps repopulate the gut with good bacteria.
Super Green Soup (Recipe)
Here is a delicious recipe for Super Green Soup from my new e-book "Heal Your Gut" which is a four-week intestinal healing protocol and the culmination of my personal quest to cure myself of an autoimmune disease. It has more than 50 recipes that love the intestine and we have Five to give!
1 tablespoon EV Olive oil 1 chopped onion 1 chopped leek 3 cloves of garlic 2 chopped celery sticks 2 bunches of chopped broccoli 1 bunch of kale 2 cups of vegetable stock 1 can of coconut milk (without additives) Pinch of sea salt Celtic freshly ground pepper to taste 2 tbsp. and nutritional yeast flakes to serve
Heat the olive oil in a thick base pan and the onions, leek and garlic and add the celery. Add the broccoli and kale and sauté for 5 minutes. Pour in coconut milk and stock. Let boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Transfer to blender and mix until smooth. Return to the pan to heat. Season to taste. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon and sprinkle the nutritional yeast flakes to serve.
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In celebration of Lee releasing his new e-book, "Heal Your Gut," we have 5 to give as a gift. Leave your story in the comments below and the 5 lucky winners will be chosen and contacted with their eBook before Monday, July 28!
Lee Holmes is a certified holistic health coach (Institute of holistic nutrition), Hatha yoga teacher and chef of Whole Foods. She is also the author of the three best-selling books Supercharged Food, Eat Yourself Beautiful and Supercharged Food for Kids Lee on Lee's website. www.superchargedfood.com promotes the food of S.O.L.E; Sustainable, ecological, local and ethical. Presents delicious anti-inflammatory recipes, information, news, reviews and menu planning ideas to make it easier for people to enjoy a satisfying, healthy and nutritious diet. She created a petition to improve food in Australian hospitals and, as a result, the Minister of Health has introduced a healthier menu. In addition to passionately creating a change at the governmental and political level, in 2013 Lee won the title of Influencer of Health's Blog of the Year. Lee's favorite anti-inflammatory recipe is crushed sardines and avocado in chia bread and flaxseed. You can read more about his recipe books here.
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