What does your immune system do, exactly? Think of your immune system as your natural defense against infection. That is a very simplistic definition, since the way your body fights sickness and disease is incredibly detailed and interconnected.
But, for a short definition which gets to the point, that is right on the money. Each person’s natural defense system is composed of the following “lines of defense”:
The 1st Line of Defense – Mechanical & Physical Barriers
This is the first layer of your immune system, the very first thing that infection and disease encounter. This includes the cornea of your eyes, your skin, and membranes which line your reproductive, digestive, urinary and respiratory systems. When this 1st line of defense is healthy, it is difficult (but not impossible) for infection to occur. Continue reading
Do you suffer from gastrointestinal challenges? We’re talking about gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and sometimes even nausea. Maybe you’ve even wondered if you have an inflammatory bowel disease or a digestive disorder.
Stomach problems are common. They’re so common that consumers spend billions of dollars every year on digestion remedies. These remedies often cause more problems than they resolve and the relief is only temporary. The good news is that there are things you can do today to improve your digestion.
1 – Eat Yogurt
Yogurt contains probiotics. These are microorganisms, bacteria, which are helpful for digestion. Your stomach is full of billions of these healthy bacteria. Unfortunately, stress, the environment, and a not-so-healthy diet can kill these good bacteria and make room for the bad guys. This causes stomach upset and digestive issues. Continue reading
Your digestive system is a complicated system. It may seem simple. You eat, you absorb, you eliminate. However, there are many steps taken to complete this process and many chemicals are necessary for things to go smoothly.
You use enzymes, minerals, and even bacteria to digest foods. And when one of these elements is out of balance, or not working optimally, the whole system goes off the rails. One of the effects of an imbalance in your system can be a food sensitivity.
Food sensitivities can cause headaches, skin problems including acne, and of course digestive problems including gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. So how do you know if you have a food sensitivity and what the offending food might be? There are actually a few methods you can use. Continue reading