For every one human cell, there are 10 bacteria. Many of these bacteria live inside the intestines — mostly the large intestine. They are especially fond of the gel-like mucus that your intestinal cells secrete.
The proteins in gluten are pro-inflammatory. They destroy the gut lining and make it “leaky.”
White blood cells are members of your defense team. Besides bacteria and yeast, you will find specialized white blood cells in the mucosal lining of your digestive tract. Even more of your immune system lies just beneath the intestinal wall, in a mass of lymph tissue.
At any one time:
This is your inner ecosystem. The yeast and bacteria that help create your inner ecosystem evolve with you. In fact, they are so important to your health, the balance of your immune system, and your survival that scientists have coined your inner ecosystem the “forgotten organ." (1)
Like any organ in the human body, your inner ecosystem is susceptible to injury and disease.
And unfortunately, stress from the environment or even diet can easily damage this “organ.” Signs to look out for include the common hallmarks of poor digestion:
The reality is that poor digestion can be silent. In other words, you may think that your digestive tract is healthy — meanwhile, you have unexplained migraines, anxiety, depression, joint pain, eczema, allergies, or acne.
One of the best ways to take care of your inner ecosystem is to know which favorite foods (or drinks) can stir up the most trouble.
TOP 5 FOODS TO AVOID
To prevent damages to your inner ecosystem, support healthy digestion, and improve your overall health, watch what you eat and avoid the foods mentioned above. You can find this article and learn more about digestive health on Body Ecology.
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