You’ve probably heard by now that your gut is responsible for 70% of your immune system. This is generally true but there’s more involved. You’ve also probably heard or have been personally affected by the rise of auto immune diseases. The rates of Type I Diabetes and Celiac disease increased by >20% in the last 10 years. 50 million Americans suffer from an auto immune disease. Common autoimmune diseases are: Hashimotos, Thyroiditis, Celiac, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis and more. There are over 150 autoimmune diseases.
Your diet and gut can stave off, prevent and assist in your immune response, giving us hope in healing. Your guts microbiota (microbial community/bacteria) has evolved over millennia and plays a key role in eliminating pathogens (bad bacteria, yeast, parasites and viruses) and keeping your immune system balanced. Certain foods and lifestyles can impact your gut immunity in both a negative and positive way.