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Immune system:

The gut microbiome's influence on it

Did you know that your gut is more than just a digestive organ? In fact, it plays a crucial role in your overall health, especially your immune system. Here at myBioma, we want to help you understand this connection and take your health to a whole new level with our gut microbiome analysis.

In a nutshell: The gut microbiome & your immune system

The human intestine is over 8 meters long. It is densely colonized with over 39 trillion microorganisms. These include bacteria, viruses and fungi. These form the intestinal microbiome, also known as intestinal flora. A healthy gut microbiome is the basis for our well-being. Our gut is not only a habitat for a large number of bacteria, but is also home to numerous immune cells, which together influence the functionality of our immune system. A balanced microbiome therefore forms a solid foundation for a robust immune system. On the other hand, a disturbed microbiome can weaken the immune system and promote the occurrence of allergies, autoimmune diseases and other illnesses.

The connection between the gut and the immune system

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The gut and immune system are closely linked. In fact, the microorganisms in your gut make up a significant part of your immune system. They help fight off pathogens, control inflammation and even regulate your mood. An imbalance in your gut microbiome can therefore lead to various health problems, including allergic reactions, autoimmune diseases, digestive disorders and much more.

Does building up the intestinal flora really strengthen the immune system?

It is now known that a disturbed intestinal flora can affect not only the immune system but also other bodily functions. For this reason, promoting healthy gut flora is seen as an effective way of supporting the immune system. Many people think of using probiotics, which contain living probiotic bacteria and are designed to support our gut. However, it has been shown that taking such products alone brings little long-term benefit if the diet is not adapted in a gut-friendly way at the same time. As intestinal bacteria live off our food, it is crucial which foods we consume.

A balanced diet plays a crucial role in strengthening a weakened gut and maintaining long-term health. Regular consumption of probiotic foods, which naturally provide beneficial gut bacteria, is particularly beneficial. These support the maintenance of a healthy balance in the gut and can increase the diversity of your microbiome composition. Probiotic foods include natural yoghurt, kefir, fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut or tempeh, kombucha and unpasteurized, naturally cloudy apple cider vinegar (which is best consumed diluted with water).

In addition to probiotic foods, prebiotic foods are also important as they serve as food for the intestinal bacteria that promote good health. Prebiotic foods contain special dietary fibers such as inulin, oligosaccharides or resistant starch. Typical prebiotic foods include grains such as oats and rye, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes and artichokes. In general, our beneficial intestinal inhabitants prefer foods that are rich in plant fibers (dietary fiber). It is therefore beneficial to regularly include fruit, vegetables and pulses such as beans or lentils as well as wholegrain products in your diet. You can find lots of gut-friendly recipes on our blog.

Because nutrition plays such an important role, with the myBioma gut microbiome analysis we not only provide insights into the microbial composition of your gut, but also offer personalized nutritional recommendations based on the individual needs of your gut bacteria. This allows you to take targeted measures to optimize your gut microbiome and strengthen your immune system at the same time.

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Blog articles on the topic of the gut microbiome & immune system

If you would like to find out more about the gut microbiome and the immune system, we can recommend our blog where you will find lots of interesting articles on the subject.

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