A Healthy Immune System Begins in the Gut
Before the onset of the Covid-19 virus, the topic of the immune system may have only come to mind when you had a runny nose, a cough, fever, aching joints with a cold or the flu or spring allergy. But the immune system is a complex set of roaming messengers that is active at all times, it relays information between cells and inputs from the outside world.
The gut houses 70 % of the immune system and its performance is shaped by our diet, interaction with the environment, and diversity of the microbiota living in the gut. This living layer of microbiota, also known as the gut microbiome, determines nutrient absorption and moderates inflammation and oxidative reactions that have far-reaching effects throughout the body.
Our modern urban lifestyle imposes a unique set of stressors on our health. Nutrient poor food choices, pollution, sleep issues, and inactivity lead to a less diverse microbiome (dysbiosis) and weaken our immune system. Rates for allergies, inflammatory and auto-immune diseases, acne, and irritable bowel syndrome have risen with urbanization. These conditions are less prevalent when consuming foods in their natural state and living in close contact with the natural environment. It is therefore important that we take extra measures to meet the demands of our new environment by addressing gut dysbiosis with better food choices and lifestyle habits.
One way to do this is to adopt a Mediterranean style diet, which is balanced in fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Combine this with eating on a regular schedule and eating more warm and fermented foods to further strengthen digestive and immune health. Centuries ago, traditional Chinese Medicine observed the close relationship between digestion and immunity and defined its imbalances as one, Spleen Damp and Spleen Qi deficiency. This observation parallels western research on gut dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome, where sugar, processed foods and lack of prebiotic fiber damages our ability to extract essential nutrients from our food. Another way to address gut health is by incorporating an intermittent fasting regimen, a measure we will cover in our blog series on how to support your gut microbiome, immune health, and longevity.
At KAIBAE we believe we can learn from nature to be more resilient and thrive in our increasingly urban environment. We look to the wild where communities such as hunter-gatherer societies don't have cancer, diabetes, or heart disease to the extent we see in the westernized world and learn from their lifestyles and their environment.
Baobab fruit powder is a wild-harvested fruit that grows across the African Savanna and is rich in prebiotic fiber and antioxidants including vitamin C that increase gut microbiome diversity and improve immune function. Baobab powder, derived from the fruit of the African Tree of Life, includes all these powerful ingredients and we believe that wild plants and especially Baobab hold the answer to thrive in the modern world. Baobab powder, with its arsenal of potent nutrients, is an excellent immune booster; Its prebiotic fiber helps balance the gut microbiome while its high levels of vitamin C ensure your immune system can do its job. It is an immune-boosting powerhouse! Baobab fruit powder is a tasty super nutrient addition to add to your smoothie, water, yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, sauces, juices, and more.
Good health begins in the gut and taking care of your gut is extremely important for maintaining a healthy immune system. As we approach the colder months where colds, flu, and viruses are more prevalent and we spend more time indoors, its a great time to give your gut microbiome the attention it deserves!