One of the most important battles in fighting the disease-causing ‘invaders’ (bacteria, fungi, viruses) goes into a surprising battlefield, within our digestive tract. Here we find almost 70% of the immune system, and problems at this level can quickly influence our health, giving rise to a wide range of diseases such as allergies, metabolic and autoimmune diseases. Here are three steps to preventing digestive upset forever.
The human intestines hosts over 400 different types of bacteria that live in symbiosis and provide digestion of food, protect us from diseases, and help regulate metabolism.
Excessive use of antibiotics, inappropriate nutrition or various infections can cause significant imbalances in the bacterial population, imbalances that allow other species that are dangerous to develop and colonize the digestive system. These bacteria or fungi (Candida, for example) cause inflammation, digestive upset, and low absorption of nutrients.
Once the imbalance is produced, it can usually be corrected over time with probiotics, combinations of beneficial bacteria present either in pills or in yogurt or other preparations.
Some foods, such as pickles, sauerkraut, or certain dairy products (kefir) are also sources of useful bacteria.
Antioxidants are compounds that have the ability to reduce the process of cellular oxidation, preventing their destruction and helping to regenerate them.
Antioxidants that protect the digestive tract and reduce inflammation include Quercetin or NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine).
Vitamins C and E also offer similar benefits, besides other positive effects on the immune system.
Changing nutrition is necessary to begin the process of normalization of a digestive tract that is inflamed and unbalanced and which causes digestive upset.
Specialists recommend significant reductions in processed food, sugar, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates.
It is important to gradually remove certain products from the diet and see how you react to change – there are people who tolerate dairy well, while in others dairy causes problems.
Increase levels of Omega 3-rich foods such as fish or nuts and antioxidant vegetables.
Fibers can also be added into the diet to stimulate detoxification, prevent constipation, and maintain healthy digestive tract.
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