If you are perpetually getting sick, you’re not alone. I was right there sneezing with you.
And while grabbing for the box of tissues and prescription medication seems to put a temporary band aid over the situation, these resources fail to address the actual problem – a compromised immune system.
Perhaps you’re someone who thinks “this is just how life is” and sure, if you accept that slogan, it will stay your life motto.
But you don’t have to.
See, I worked in a preschool for the summers in college (when my digestive health was a train wreck) and would always get the latest “funk” that was being passed around. Somehow my sister, who also worked there, was NEVER sick.
I was confused, exhausted, frustrated, and sick of being sick.
(Does any of that resonate with you?)
If it does, let me tell you – it does NOT have to be this way.
By getting to the root of the problem, you focus on treating the real issue, as opposed to diluting the symptoms.
So here it is – your immune system and gut health go hand in hand.
- Over 70% of the body’s immune system is found in the gut (the part of your digestive system containing the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine.)
And by healing your gut, you skyrocket your immunity – along with everything else your gut controls in the body (which is a lot, and there are major benefits to be had).
Let’s jump to it!
What Is Gut Health and Why Do We Care?
Our gut – the part of the digestive system that consists of the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – regulates SO many of body’s processes, including, but not limited to:
- Chronic Illness
- Healthy Digestion
- Bloating and Inflammation
- Weight management (and weight loss)
- Skin Health
- Nutrient Absorption
- Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
- Brain Clarity and Mental Health
- Hunger and Appetite
So while we want to improve our immunity, by healing our gut health, we are able to reap benefits from each of the bulleted categories (because the gut controls ALL of them!).
You can see how this one simple thing is by far THE one thing you want on your side.
But when it’s not, you experience undesired side effects (a poor functioning immune system and gut health).
Your Gut Health Is Your Greatest Life Hack
Essentially, your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine are all assigned jobs.
Think of it as their 9 to 5, just crazier work hours because they must work overtime for whenever else we decide to eat.
- The stomach works to digest the foods.
- The small intestine absorbs the nutrients for energy (which does not happen when your gut is unhealthy, hence the low energy levels you may be experiencing).
- And your large intestine absorbs water and vitamins/minerals, while also pushing everything along to have healthy bowel movements.
They can do these processes thanks to healthy gut microbes (good bacteria) that exist throughout the digestive tract.
But our bodies don’t just come with healthy bacteria ready to go, we must establish and maintain these so our bodies can thrive. (Let me tell you though, it feels amazing when you do!)
After all, the gut is known as the body’s “second brain” because of how much control it has over our bodies, but too few people know this great secret.
Well now – you do.
I even lost 15 pounds without trying by establishing a healthy gut, my stomach remains flat throughout all hours of the day, my skin is glowing, and my energy and metabolism are through the roof.
Not to mention – I never get sick and I’m a teacher. I mean the germs are EVERYWHERE.
These are just all the things that were incredible benefits when I took control over my gut health, and you are 100 percent capable of also experiencing.
How Do the Immune System and Gut Health Intertwine?
When I was 14, my mom put me in ballroom dancing lessons as “a way to meet new people” in our new town.
I vividly remember my instructor coming over to me and saying, “you’re terrible at this, you must let the man lead.”
She was a rather bitter woman, and I remember being terribly frustrated.
When I was just about to hang up my dancing shoes, my partner looked at me and said, “Let’s show her.”
Together we coordinated a dance that held equal dominance in power, with one leading the other at various times.
And damn, it sure was a showstopper. I’m not saying she loved it, but we certainly did.
I tell you this story because this is a great example of how your immune system and gut health work together.
The immune system and gut health influence one another in a way that reveals their exchange in power.
Let me break it down to make it easy, peezy, lemon – detoxing squeezy.
A Happy Home
Since 70 percent of your immune system is housed in the gut, we must make this a happy home.
Essentially, if we have a healthy, nurturing atmosphere for our immune cells, they will develop properly and be incredibly efficient at fighting off pathogens that invade our bodies.
However, if our gut health is poor (which most people’s are due to the modern western diet – more on that later), these immune system cells develop rather inefficiently, making them unable to present a strong, fighting front to those health-jeopardizing microbes attacking your body.
The Exchange In Power
Likewise, if you have a compromised immune system, then your gut is unhealthy.
This means that your immune system is generating “bad bacteria” which craves company.
Since the gut is made up of bacteria – it really is a battle of good versus evil.
- Good bacteria want other good bacteria to exist and helps your body to operate efficiently
- Bad bacteria want other bad bacteria to exist and prevents your body from being able to operate efficiently
So now you’ve probably concluded, since it comes back to the health of our gut bacteria, how do we ensure that we are getting the good type of gut bacteria?
Great question – let’s explore that topic.
How to Heal Your Gut to Improve Your Immunity
To make this simple, I created a three step breakdown.
1. Consume anti-inflammatory, real ingredients
Instead of putting a band-aid over it, we want to put a stich in it.
Meaning, we want to address the problem so that it heals properly, efficiently, and sustainably.
The most important step to doing this is to fill your diet with anti-inflammatory foods.
These are foods made from real ingredients that are easy on your body to digest.
This doesn’t mean you have to be snacking on grass all day long, either.
You essentially want to focus on reducing your intake of processed, packaged goods while increasing your intake of simple, wholesome ingredients.
And while we’re talking about the food industry, THIS is what is causing so many people to experience digestive issues, such as leaky gut.
You are NOT to blame.
Our food has become industrialized because of the food INDUSTRY. Farm to table has now become farm to factory to table.
And during the interception, these industries add in chemicals, processing, and inflammatory ingredients that prove harmful to our gut health.
So the goal is to consume anti-inflammatory foods made from these wholesome, real ingredients.
Keep it simple and know what’s in your foods. If you can’t pronounce it on the food label, it probably should not be going in your body.
In my 21 Day Gut Health Challenge, I not only teach you a breakdown of each and every one of these foods, but also include a recipe book that has over 100+ recipes.
If you’re interested in simplifying your life and getting all the answers in one place, check out the Challenge HERE!
2. Maximize Nutrient Absorption
This step is a game changer.
As mentioned above, the small intestine works to absorb the nutrients from our food.
But if our gut is unhealthy, our bodies are unable to do this.
And since food = energy, this is a problem for us.
So, you could be eating healthy, but unable to reap the benefits of those nourishing foods.
A great life hack is incorporating the proper supplement for this.
Now, I don’t recommend supplements often because I believe simplicity is the key.
Focusing on incorporating wholesome foods made from real ingredients allow our bodies to thrive.
However, our bodies do need a little help when it comes to this area, and it makes all the difference.
So what I recommend is incorporating superfood powders into your daily routine.
The key is in the powder, itself.
Superfoods are real ingredients that are proven to be incredibly beneficial for our bodies, but since these foods are ground into a powder, your body immediately absorbs them through into your bloodstream.
So your leaky small intestine doesn’t even have a chance to ruin all the benefits.
I personally recommend Your Super because it’s the most bang for your buck.
They have certain mixes that incorporate five or six superfoods into one, where I’ve found most other companies only offer one superfood.
And I’m just the type that has been burned on too many useless supplements to not maximize my results, but Your Super has been a game changer.
I’d recommend Super Green because it’s the best mix to enhance and heal your immune cells.
3. Rebalance Your Microbiome for Sustainable Results
Since your gut health is controlled by the bacteria (good or bad) in your digestive tract, you want to fill your system with healthy, beneficial gut microbes.
While focusing on changing your diet and maximizing nutrient absorption are crucial steps, there are also other techniques that will enhance our healing process as well.
- Consume healthy, wholesome, real ingredients
- Stay hydrated
- Maximize nutrient absorption
- Choose the right probiotic for you
- Reduce stress levels
- Get enough rest
- Perform gentle exercises
I make all of this easy, peezy, lemon-detoxing squeezy in my 21 Day Gut Health Challenge, where I’ll walk you through exactly how to design a sustainable, craveable lifestyle that not only you, but your gut bacteria, will love.
If you’re interested, be sure to check out the challenge HERE!