Anyone who wants to have a stronger and healthier immune system can take several important steps. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and high quality protein choices is a very smart place to start. Eating cooked mushrooms is another way to boost one’s immune system. Foods such as garlic have been shown to be powerful immune boosters across the spectrum, boosting the body’s anti-bacterial, anti-virus, anti-inflammation and anti-fungal capabilities.
Yet, as important as all of these steps are at boosting the strength of your immune system, there is another that may even be more important.
Having strong and robust gut health is absolutely essential for a strong immune system and good long term health. In short, the research is fascinating and compelling.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that, to put it simply, are your friends. For humans, the microorganisms that comprise probiotics are the “good guys,” and you want them in your system. Why? They work to fight off potentially bad and harmful intruders. This is how they boost your immune system; however, this is only part of what probiotics may do to improve your overall health.
Probiotics have been shown to be helpful for doing more than boosting immunity. It is believed that probiotics can help with issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammation. Inflammation is actually far more serious than most people realize. This is due to the unfortunate fact that inflammation is a key component in many diseases and conditions, including cancer. Some experts even claim that probiotics can be of use in helping the body get rid of toxic compounds. In short, these little microorganisms are true wonders of the natural world and very helpful for human health.
So where do you find probiotics? You can work probiotics into your diet in surprisingly easy ways. It is not necessary to be a “health nut” to take advantage of what probiotics can do. In fact, you may already be using probiotics and not even know it.
Yogurt is rich in probiotics and another good source is kefir. Kefir is like yogurt only it is higher in many vitamins and minerals than yogurt. Both are excellent sources of probiotics, calcium and are high in low-calorie protein. Also, include fermented foods. Research shows that fermented foods are also natural sources of probiotics.
Another way to get probiotics into your diet is the “pill route.” Probiotic pills have a great deal to offer as they have several different types of probiotics in them. Since they are in pill form they couldn’t be easier to take. But for your safety, seek medical advice before using them.
In addition to the fact that probiotics provide healthy intestinal microflora and digestion, to achieve healthy metabolism, should be eliminated the use of:
- antibiotics prescribed
- antibiotics in meats
- antibiotics in non-filtered water
- artificial sweeteners (especially in cola’s)
- chemical cleaners
- glyphosate (active chemical ingredient in herbicide)
Those substances are the killers of our healthy bacteria.
Research is ongoing for additional ways probiotics can help the human body. For example, Mayo Clinic researchers believe that they can prevent the likelihood of issues like kidney stones. A team at Tufts-New England Medical Center is looking at probiotics as a way to treat bacteria that causes infections among people with weakened immune systems.
Given the array of ways that probiotics can help improve the state of your immune system, it is worth integrating probiotics into your diet. Start slowly and see how your body responds. If you stick with it, you’ll not only feel better, but also get less colds and flus!
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