Our Microbiome and Immune Function

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Our microbiome is key to our immune function. It improves our ability to absorb nourishment, and this provides the building blocks for all our biological processes. 

A healthy microbiome in our gut leads to optimized immune function. Our gut relies on the microbiome to keep the system healthy and to fully digest what we eat and drink. When the microbiome is struggling, the immune system has to step in to deal with anything that is not fully digested. This pulls resources away from protection against other immune issues, like infections. 

The right nourishment builds a healthy microbiome. Each body is different in how we are able to digest food, absorb nutrients, and use energy, and so there is no one size fits all nutrition plan. Instead, we can cultivate awareness and pay attention to the foods that help us feel nourished in the long term. 

A variety of plant-based foods is key. Eating different kinds of plant-based foods is what builds the diversity and resilience of our microbiome. Noticing which plant-based foods do best for your body will help you nourish yourself. A Nutritionist can help you with that process if you would like support. 

Fermented foods also help. Sauerkraut, yogurt, and kombucha are some probiotic goods that support the health of the microbiome. High plant fiber foods also feed the microbiome specifically and keep it thriving. 

Our microbiome is a cornerstone of our immune system and health. It is a way to have a conversation between our inner and outer worlds that leaves us nourished and whole.


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