3 Ways to Manage Your Gut Health to Boost Immune System
Taking steps to ensure your digestive system is functioning properly is an essential part of maintaining your overall health. When food is broken down during digestion, your gut works to absorb nutrients that are used to support a variety of bodily functions and eliminate waste from your body.
Healthy bacteria found in your gut is also used to stimulate the development of T‑cells, which are responsible for distinguishing your body’s cells and tissue from potentially harmful things in your body. When there is an imbalance in your gut, such as an overgrowth of “bad” bacteria, it can confuse your immune system causing it to start attacking your own cells. If your immune system is busy reacting to healthy cells, not only is it easier for you to get sick, it’s also harder for your body to recover. This is why maintaining the balance and health of your digestive system is important to protect your immune system.
Eat Real Health food
Avoid processed foods. They contain additives such as artificial sweeteners, salt and saturated fats that can lead to digestive issues. Foods that contain probiotics can also give your digestive health a boost. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that work to break down fiber in your body, reducing indigestion symptoms including gas and bloating. Probiotics are found in fermented food.
Gastroenterologist, Dr. Jing recommends the following foods to boost your immunity:
Plant foods such as grains, vegetables, beans, and fruits;
Fermented foods such as Natto, yogurt, and kimchi;
Foods rich in dietary fiber, oligosaccharides, and sugar alcohols.
Dr. Jing mentioned, in addition to being responsible for absorbing the nutrients in food, the intestinal tract is also an important contributor to the excretion of substances that are not needed by the human body into feces in order to prevent infection by bacteria or viruses. So regular bowel movements every day are especially important.
Find ways to relax and stay active
Physical activity helps to move food through your digestive system. Taking a walk after meals or engaging in 30 minutes of physical activity a few days a week, can promote regular bowel movements and reduce inflammation in your body.
For more information on digestive issues and your health, please schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist.
Jing Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Address：136-68 Roosevelt Ave 3FL flushing, NY, 11354