Digestive Health & Immunity – Brenda Watson, CNC

Digestive Health & Immunity – Brenda Watson, CNC


80 percent of your immune system is located
in your digestive system. Understanding the association between food and the gut for increased
immunity has become an important topic for overall health. We spoke with Brenda Watson,
Author of “Heart of Perfect Health” we ask her about digestive balance and immunity. We have ten trillion cells in the human body.
We have a hundred trillion bacteria cells in the digestive tract and they’re controlled,
the bacteria is called friendly good bacteria and we call it probiotics. What they do is
they control immunity, they make vitamins B & K, they help you digest your foods; they
also regulate inflammation so that silent inflammation doesn’t develop in the body-
so we need 80 percent of the bacteria in our digestive tract to be the friendly good guys
and then if 20 percent is neutral or negative, we still stay healthy. How do gut bacteria
help with immunity? It helps with your immunity on 3 levels. On level 1, let’s say a pathogenic
organism like a virus or bacteria entered your digestive tract, your friendly bacteria
are sort of like soldiers and they talk amongst themselves and they would send a soldier out
to grab this negative bacteria or virus and neutralize it before it had a chance to enter
your blood stream. On level 2, let’s say this pathogenic organism bypassed that soldier
and started to go near the digestive lining because underneath the digestive lining is
the blood stream, what would happen is those friendly bacteria would line up on that lining
of the blood stream and neutralize that pathogenic organism before it had a chance to enter your
blood stream. So on level 3, let’s say that organism has gotten past level 1, it’s gotten
past level 2, so that organism has now entered your blood stream. Your friendly bacteria
will produce a substance that will enter your blood stream and neutralize that pathogenic
organism before it has time to circulate through your body and create sickness. Bacteria also
help you make vitamins B & K they help you digest your foods, they help keep you from
developing silent inflammation and another thing they do is they keep your regular. The
4 things that you need to know before you by a probiotic is you need to look for potency,
culture count, in anywhere from a fifteen to a fifty-billion count. Number 2, we are
all born with a different footprint in our gut. So each of us need different stains,
meaning different what I call L’s and B’s, many different Lactobacillus strains and different
Bifido strains. Lactobacillus is the main friendly bacteria in the small intestine and
Bifido bacteria is the main friendly bacteria in the colon, so we need a formula that has
lots of I call L’s and B’s on the label, at least 10. And then the third thing we need
to look for is a delivery system. One of the things that can kill the friendly bacteria
before it gets in your small intestine is stomach acid. So if you get a probiotic that
has a delayed release capsule then you can take it anytime and you wont have to worry
about taking it at a specific time. And then the fourth thing to look for is look on your
label and make sure your manufacturer guarantees potency until expiration of product. That
is very important, because these bacteria can die off over time so you want to make
sure you have potency.

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