“Sweat”… It’s the New Vitamin C
Do you wonder why some people are rarely sick, and you get every cold that passes by? What happens when a group of people is exposed to the same virus, and a few don’t get sick?
Your immune system is the answer. The immune system is the body’s defense to protect it from bacteria and viruses. A strong immune system fights off threats of illness, but a compromised or weak immune system opens the door for illness to move in.
Scientists know that, to a large degree, our immune systems depend on the condition of our digestive systems. Let’s look at how the digestive system works to protect us from colds, flu, and other illnesses.
Microbes – the Line of Defense
The microscopic sized organisms called microbes that live in our digestive system are very important to our ability to fight off bacterial and viral diseases. These microbes are literally good bacteria. The relationship between microbes and humans is both complex and fragile.
When a virus or bacteria enters our body and threatens us with illness, the microbes (good bacteria) go into attack mode to protect us. Unfortunately, if we don’t have a good supply of these good microbes in our digestive system, we are more likely to get sick with colds, flu, and other illnesses.
Medical researchers now know that without enough digestive system microbes in our bodies, we not only get more colds, flu, and those so-called 24-hour bugs—but we are at higher risk for developing chronic autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, Crohn’s.
Most of us usually have a good supply of bacterial and viral fighting microbes living in our digestive systems, however when we take antibiotics, the health inducing microbes can be destroyed along with the bacteria in our digestive system, which is the reason some people get a yeast infection when they take antibiotics. There are also environmental factors that lower healthy microbes, such as chlorinated water.
Without an adequate number of microbes in our digestive systems, the door is opened for unhealthy microbes to invade our bodies—fungi, bacteria, candida—compromising our immune systems.
Get On Top of Your Game
One important and easy way to give your body a chance against illness is to build an internal shield by ingesting probiotics. Probiotics are the microbes that our bodies need to protect us from bad bacteria that have already taken up residence in our digestive tracts or will try to move in when we are exposed to a bacterial or viral attack.
An easy and delicious way to add probiotics to our bodies and strengthen the good microbes in our digestive tracts is to eat yogurt, but not just any yogurt. The yogurt must contain active cultures (good microbes) to be effective. That information is listed on the label. Probiotic capsules are also available.
Give yourself a fighting chance against the cold and flu this season. Fight illness through a healthy gut.