What do probiotics have to do with your immune system?......

What do probiotics have to do with your immune system?......

The answer: Everything! 

Did you know? Probiotics are living microorganisms, and you already have some of them in your body. Others come from food, specifically fermented foods such as yogurt, for instance. 

Probiotics are also known as good bacteria, as they can help your body digest food and even fight cells that cause disease. Probiotics also help ease diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis, and periodontal disease. However, one area of particular interest is how probiotics positively impact immunity.

Don’t just take our word for it… try it for yourself! 

Perfectly Healthy's Florish Spore Based Probiotics provide optimal gut health to health digestive issues and improves the immune system, because up to 70% of the immune system’s strength is regulated through the gut. 

Unlike normal probiotics, spore based probiotics do not die in the stomach before they reach the small & large intestine, once there they begin to provide massive benefits outlined below. Spore based probiotics also form better colonies than normal probiotics hence the name spore based.

How can Spore Based Probiotics help?

- All spore based probiotics reach the small & large intestine alive (Unlike regular probiotics)
- Heals leaky gut (60% is healed within 1st month, 100% is reached within month 3)
- Soothes IBS
- Creates a gut condition that allows other beneficial bacteria to thrive
- Improves digestion
- Natural gut antibiotic
- Provides B vitamins & vitamin K2 through bacterial production
- Supports immune system
- Contains Bacillus Indicus for potent immune stimulation and is the most effective antioxidant probiotic.

Try it alongside II-Immunity, our classic remedy for chronic infections, depressed immune system, low energy and fatigue associated with illness, and overall wellbeing. This product is excellent at treating immune-compromising illnesses, and acts as a natural alternative to antibiotics.  

II-Immunity stimulates the body’s most important detox pathways - the liver and the kidneys - while at the same time introducing herbs renowned for their immune boosting properties such as the famous ‘Echinacea’ & ‘Propolis’. This is one of our best sellers, and customers have seen benefits ranging from disease-free winters, overcoming chronic fatigue, increased strength and stamina and improved digestion (Liver & Kidneys). 

How can II-Immunity help?

- Assists with optimal immune functioning to fight against illness, colds and 'flu'
- Acts as a natural antibiotic alternative
- Assists with recovery and convalescence after illness
- Boosts energy when feeling run-down and listless
- Assists in the treatment of immune compromised illnesses

So what do we know about probiotics and the immune system?

It makes sense that probiotics have proved effective in treatment of digestive diseases. More than half the cells that create antibodies for fighting sickness are in the intestines and other organs in the gut, according to InformedHealth.org. If you have healthy gut flora ⁠— the balance of helpful bacteria and other organisms in your intestines ⁠— you may be less likely to get sick.

Which Probiotics Are Best for Your Immune System?

You might already be getting probiotics without realizing it. Most of the research on the benefits of probiotics have focused on these common strains of bacteria:

Acidophilus, which is found in yogurt, milk, and tempeh (a plant-based protein source), can support the immune system.

Bifidobacterium is in yogurt, buttermilk, miso, tempeh, pickles, kimchi, cured meats, some wines and vinegars, sauerkraut, and sourdough bread. It may reduce inflammation.

All yogurt with live and active probiotics contains Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus (or L. bulgaricus) and S. thermophilus, and these have both been associated with supporting the immune system.

Probiotics and COVID

For over two years, our immune systems face the constant threat of having to fight off the coronavirus, with it circulating in waves at record levels around the world. But if probiotics positively affect our immune system, and their effects are not limited to the gut, could they offer an affordable and accessible way of helping our bodies fight off COVID?

A recent study showed that people with the coronavirus who took a specific combination of four probiotic bacterial strains recovered quicker compared to those who took a placebo. Those given probiotics also had increased antibody responses to the virus that peaked earlier than the placebo group’s.

Importantly, those taking the probiotics had lesser symptoms and lower amounts of the virus in their bodies 15 days after their initial infection compared to people taking the placebo. These encouraging results are some of the first to show that probiotics could help our immune system fight off COVID. The study suggests that probiotic supplementation could help people recover quicker, and could reduce the self-isolation periods currently imposed on infected people in numerous countries throughout the world.

Remember to reach out to us if you have any questions! 

As always, many, many blessings from Perfectly Healthy! 

“To be your true self is to be true to yourself.”― Shiva Negi

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