Autoimmunity Linked to the Gut

by | Aug 22, 2015 | Probiotic Blog

Autoimmunity - Healthy Food - SaladResearch is showing more and more that there can be a direct correlation to the health of a person’s gut and autoimmunity. A person’s gut can be considered the most important component of the digestive system because it takes the food you consume and transfers the components throughout your body. Maintaining the health of the digestive system is key to overall health and immunity. This is accomplished through feeding your body the proper nutrients and refusing to consume foods with harmful chemicals and ingredients.

The Many Factors Affecting of Autoimmunity

Autoimmune disease is plaguing our world today. The National Institute of Health reports that over 27 million people in the United State suffer from some sort of autoimmune disorder like type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma and others. Several factors lead autoimmune disorders including environment, genetic predisposition and the bacteria composition of the gut. 

There are certain types of harmful environmental factors that can contribute to an autoimmune disease. Chemicals, bacteria, viruses, smoking, stress and drugs can all lead to these diseases. In many cases, autoimmune disorders caused by these factors can cause a snowball effect, leading to a person having several different disorders.

Over the past 70 years, diet has changed dramatically for western world. With this change, autoimmune disease is on the rise. Genetically modified food, mass production and harmful packaging play a roll in the decreased health of the population. The human body was not made to consume these harmful chemicals and byproducts. Your digestive system will not work at its optimal level when these chemicals and bad bacteria are present. Because of this, it is extremely important to take care of this regulating system. The digestive tract effects the entire body as it processes food and sends out nutrients. Digestive health effects your mental health and physical health. The best way to keep it happy is to feed it the right kinds of food and make sure you have an abundance of good bacteria.

Having a healthy gut gives you a better chance at combating all the pathogens consuming our world today. Clean eating and supplementation with vitamins and probiotics strengths your digestive system and allows your immune system to fight off illness and disease.

About the Author

Dr. Shawn Benzinger, D.C., DABCO, FIAMA

Co-Founder, CEO | Dr. Benzinger is a certified Chiropractic Orthopedist, Acupuncturist, and Nutritionist with a passion to help people live healthier, self-sufficient lives. He has served as a national spokesperson and talk show host on areas relating to nutrition, chronic pain, and alternative health care for over 20 years. Dr. Benzinger regularly consults on musculo-skeletal and nutritional management for elite athletes across the country, and he has been working to help educate the Indianapolis community on nutrition and chronic pain for the last 36 years.