Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Healthy Gut – Stronger Immune System

Each of us has the ability to create a healthy gut and stronger immune system by improving the health of our digestive system and shaping our microbiome.

A healthy gut rewards us with a strong immune system. It begins with our microbiome which is a community of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses that make up our gut microbiota. Combine the microbiota, the products it makes, and the entire environment it lives within and we have a microbiome. Some researchers have said that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome.
The foods we eat, our sleeping patterns, the amount of bacteria we are exposed to every day, and our stress levels all help to establish the state of the gut microbiota.

The good news is that you really are in control of your microbiome through diet, physical exercise, sleep, and stress management. Knowing this can start you on the path to improving your gut health.

Poor gut health can contribute to many diseases and disorders like leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune disease, arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and cancer. The quality of your health relies on the balance of organisms and bacteria living within your gut. When you are exhausted from working overtime at the office, your body is working overtime too. When your immune system is constantly overloaded, it can cause it to weaken. When that happens, your body cannot respond to germs as quickly or as efficiently.
Your immune system can be affected by these germs that can lead to respiratory infections, sinus infections and lung infections. These germs can cause problems with your GI tract and with your kidneys. You can also experience skin infections and skin rashes. If you are experiencing headaches, muscle aches, food allergies or sensitivities, gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, frequent colds or sinus infections or feeling tired to the point of exhaustion, your body is calling out to you for help.

Any of these symptoms could be caused by germs or toxins… and point to the need for changes in your diet to cleanse and detoxify your body.

Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle choices that are creating toxicity in the body. People tend not to exercise as much as they should, they allow themselves to become overweight, and they eat unhealthy foods that lead to things like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

We all need to be diligent in improving our health, and it’s more important today than ever before. We live in a toxic world, and it’s important to boost your immune system by eating healthy foods that cleanse toxins out of your body and improve your gut health.

In order to keep you healthy, your immune system works hard to eliminate toxins. It fights off viral junk, bacterial infections, fungus and more. But because there are so many toxins, it can be easy for your immune system to get bogged down. More than ever, people are being diagnosed with autoimmune conditions, food and other allergies.

When it comes to autoimmune diseases, there are some that are linked to environmental toxins that can cause your body to turn on itself and attacking certain organs because the immune system registers the organ itself as a foreign invader rather than the toxins.

When you make healthier choices in the food you eat, you give your digestive system a healthy cleanse. This takes the pressure off your immune system to help it work the way that it should, while increasing the healthy bacteria in your gut and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Eating probiotic-rich foods and taking a daily probiotic supplement also help to increase the good bacteria. Probiotic-rich foods include live-cultured yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented vegetables, miso soup, apple cider vinegar and dark chocolate. In addition, fruits and vegetables contain fibers and sugars that can boost the health of gut bacteria.

When you start adding these probiotic-rich foods to your diet, while removing sugar, you will be moving in the right direction to a healthy gut and a stronger immune system.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

You’ve Probably Heard About The Many Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar!

Apple cider vinegar, often referred to as ACV, is one of those miracle foods. When used properly, it can be highly beneficial to your health. The problem is there is so much information about health that sometimes we miss the simplest of things we can do to make a substantial difference in our health.

Inflammation and Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people suffer from inflammation today… and the research has shown that chronic inflammation can cause serious health problems. After three automobile accidents and spinal surgery, my pain and inflammation was challenging to manage. One of the most important things I learned was to keep a close watch on my diet to manage my pain and inflammation.

Apple cider vinegar helps with my inflammation. I regret that I didn’t pay as much attention to all the benefits until a few years ago.  Prior to that, I would get on the bandwagon and drink it occasionally, but I was inconsistent. Now I’m totally hooked on the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, and I have it every day!

I’m a faithful, consistent consumer of Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar!
It cannot be found at all grocery stores, however, it is much easier to find now than a few years ago.
If your local store doesn’t carry it, you can always order directly from Bragg’s or Amazon. 

How Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help You? 

I encourage you to discover some of the amazing health benefits of apple cider vinegar. In the past, it was used as a primary ingredient for many health tonics and home remedies.
Apple cider vinegar is often used for natural home cleaning products. It is also beneficial for your health when added to drinks and to the food you consume.  It would be impossible to cover all the health benefits in one blog post, but I do want to mention a few benefits now about ACV.

ACV Can Help Control Candida Yeast

An overabundance of candida yeast is one of the most common problems among people who suffer from symptoms like bad breath and difficulty digesting food.  Many people don’t realize they have a problem with candida and eliminating all sugar is critical as sugar feeds candida.
Diluting apple cider vinegar with water is one simple step you can take that may help your body to promote a more well-balanced population of gut flora. This may also reduce bowel inflammation.
My favorite is to mix one tablespoon of ACV in a quart of water with the juice of one lemon. Sometimes I use two tablespoons of ACV and two lemons, but I would start slow and increase gradually.  I personally would not recommend anything stronger!

ACV Can Helps with Weight Loss

Instead of having a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, try a cup of warm water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.  By doing this, you will create a healthier environment in your body for weight loss. When insulin spikes, it can trigger fat storage signals which will result in immediate weight gain.
ACV can help to keep your insulin from spiking.  It can increase a hormone called glucagon that sends messages to the body that it should release fat to be burned for energy. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, drinking a small amount of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water everyday will help to keep your system operating more efficiently.

Using Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar Is Great for Your Skin

The acids in apple cider vinegar promote circulation and dissolve residues found on the surface of the skin. If you never tried this, simply dilute a small amount of apple cider vinegar with water and dip a cotton ball into it.  Apply it onto your face to help promote healing action and beautiful skin.  ACV is also highly anti-inflammatory, so you can use it to treat bug bites and bruises as well.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and more will be coming about the benefits of apple cider vinegar!

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