If there’s one area of our health that’s had most of our attention this year, it’s definitely our immune system. From supplements to essential oils, we’ve each sought out different ways to protect and strengthen our immune health, all in an effort to protect ourselves against the COVID-19 virus.
That said, we all know that gut health is associated with better health, and that includes the state of your immune system. In fact, a recent study has highlighted the link between a healthy gut and a stronger immune system.
The Link Between Gut Health and Your Immune System
Previous research has revealed that around 70% of your immune system is housed in your gut and new research has emphasized the important link between your gut and immune system.
The study, published in the journal Nature, found that a concentration of various types of immune cells in the blood changed based on the different bacterial strains in the gut. For the study, researchers gathered data from cancer patients who had undergone allogeneic stem cell and bone marrow transplants (BMTs), which is a common procedure for patients after they’ve undergone chemotherapy and radiation.
After assessing the gut health of the patients, the researchers noted that a higher microbiota diversity in the gut was linked with a lower risk of death after a BMT.
“This gives us a good start toward understanding the forces that the microbiota exerts on the rebuilding of the immune system,” explains Jonas Schluter, Ph.D., a member of the research team and an assistant professor at NYU Langone Health, in a statement. He also notes that they also plan to apply their data to study the immune system in patients receiving other cancer treatments.
How To Improve Your Gut Health
In addition to improving your immune health, gut health can help to influence your health in a number of other ways (including reducing your risk for hair loss), so with that said, here are 3 easy ways to improve your gut health.
1. Eat a diet rich in plant-based foods
Believe it or not, eating 30 different plant-based foods a week is easier than it sounds as it just requires you to adopt a plant-based diet. This would then mean increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, as well as nuts, and seeds. It also means reducing your intake of processed foods and sugar, as a diet high in sugar and processed foods has been found to disrupt gut bacteria.
2. Enjoy fermented foods
Fermented foods are a natural source of probiotics and this can help to improve gut health, by helping to prevent gut inflammation and other potential intestinal problems.
Delicious fermented foods that you can enjoy include:
- fermented vegetables
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