Healthy Gut for a healthy immune system
So this week the Olive Press spoke to our Digestive Health Expert Lisa Manley Cahill about the topic on everyone’s mind at the moment – your immune system and staying healthy! Here are Lisa’s brief thoughts on the topic.
Everyone is talking about their immune system at the moment! It’s the number one topic on everyone’s mind.
We spoke to Lisa Manley Cahill, Nurse, Naturopathic Nutritionist and Colonic Hydrotherapist at Bodyworks Health Clinic to find out what we can do to strengthen our immune system and keep us healthy throughout this stressful health scare.
“Right now what you want to focus on is keeping your body as strong and well as you can” Lisa says.
“If you want to strengthen and support your immune system then your gut is the place to start – your gut wall houses 70% of the cells that make up your immune system and has a direct impact on the quality of your blood and your autoimmune responses. If you want to fix your health, start with your gut. Gut health literally affects your entire body. Certain cells in the lining of the gut spend their lives putting massive quantities of antibodies into the gut.”
Lisa recommends this 4 step strategy to help strengthen your immune system through your gut:
- Eat more fibre – your large intestine can extract a whole bunch of great vitamins from fibrous foods and it acts like a cleaning crew through your large intestine and colon.
- Avoid antibiotics unless you REALLY need them – and then take with some probiotics AND make sure to eat prebiotic foods as well. You really need the good gut bacteria to be strengthened.
- Skip the sugar and alcohol – but a small glass of red wine and a piece of good, dark chocolate are fine – these are actually prebiotics!
- Take action – if you have persistent symptoms or are concerned, a food intolerance test or a colonic hydrotherapy treatment can help.
Lisa’s final thoughts on the situation, “Our gut is able to alter brain chemistry – in fact its connection is faster than normal nerves. So a strong healthy gut will not only make your immune system better but it will also help you better manage the stress that the situation is causing. Which also makes your immune system stronger! It’s a triple win!”
For more information on a healthy gut and immune system you can contact Lisa directly and arrange a 15 minute telephone consultation or else you can book a consultation with her online or via email or WhatsApp.