Why Bugs (and not drugs) are the way to Boost your Immune System!
By Katherine Brooke-MacKenzie, Nov 25 2019 02:26PM
Beautiful though it is, the Autumn season can often bring some unwanted gifts in the form of coughs, colds and feelings of generally being under the weather.
I wonder if there are actually more diseases flying around, or is it just that we have become more susceptible to them with compromised immune systems. There is much you can do to help boost your immunity, but there really is nothing better than paying attention to the health of your gut.
It is now known that approximately 70-80% of your immune function is dependent upon a balanced and healthy gut microbiome. Your microbiome is essentially the bacterial environment that lives in and on your body. These bacteria influence your health in more ways than you can imagine, not least your immune system, so when your gut bacteria are out of balance, you will be more susceptible to illness and disease. This could be in the form of the common cold or, when left unchecked, this imbalance (called dysbiosis) can result in autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles do little to support and nourish the positive bacteria that inhabit our tummies and so it is that we find ourselves falling into disease states more readily, and this is why we need to give ourselves a little bit of extra support in this area.
A colonic treatment at this time of year is an excellent idea as it helps to create a more healthy environment within your gut which allows your natural positive bacteria to proliferate. It is also a really good time to release your waste just as nature does. Nature knows when to let go of all that’s no longer required and ideally, we should do the same. Trees do not hold on to their leaves and plants no longer yield produce. Everything has a season, and Autumn is the time for letting go, and if there's one thing that The Healthy Gut Clinic's therapists are really good at, it's helping people get rid of their waste!
The Purify Programme
Back in the day, Hippocrates (circa 640 BC) said that all disease begins in the gut and now modern science is confirming it. Today there are countless studies being carried out on the human microbiome and there is much evidence to suggest that our neglect of this fundamental aspect of our existence makes a significant contribution to many of our 21st Century disease states.
You may recall in our last newsletter that I mentioned I will be offering something new from the clinic. It is a 21 day gut microbiome reset programme called Purify. Essentially, this is an opportunity to cleanse and heal your gut through the use of specific and targeted supplements, and eating only foods during the 21 days that are supportive of gut healing and microbiome purification.
I followed the programme in mid August and have been enjoying the benefits ever since. For me, the biggest bonus has been the loss of my sugar cravings, which has in turn helped me to lose many inches off my waist and hips and consequently, I have more energy and vitality.
It may surprise you to know that the bacteria in your gut actually dictate your food preferences, and if you’re getting cravings for sweetness as I was, it’s because those bad guys want you to feed them. Unfortunately, the bad bacteria give off their own toxins in your system so if you keep on feeding them, it’s a double whammy for your body and not in a good way.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this life enhancing programme, I’ve documented my experience on our Healthy Gut Clinic Facebook page in a series of videos, so please pop over and have a look. You’ll also see the feedback I’ve recently posted from clients who’ve completed the programme and have enjoyed some fabulous results including an increase in energy, improved bowel function, and quite a bit of weight loss too. There are additional testimonials from other users of The Purify Programme here.