Two years into the covid pandemic, the virus is still causing problems around the world:
On March 28th, China instituted its largest lockdown in 2 years, locking down Shanghai, a city of 26 million people. The country has a zero-covid policy and is attempting to stop the transmission of the virus:
Residents will be required to stay home, and deliveries will be left at checkpoints to ensure there is no contact with the outside world. Offices and all businesses not considered essential will be closed and public transport suspended.Read the full article HERE.
Breakthrough cases appear to be on the rise as well:
An ABC News analysis of data collected by the CDC found that the share of breakthrough COVID-19 cases has reached its highest point since the vaccines were introduced, with more cases occurring among the vaccinated in March and April 2022, than among the unvaccinated, partially because of the significant number of people who are now vaccinated.Read the story HERE.
Does Gut Health Play a Role?
Studies indicate covid severity might be linked to gut health.
Hippocrates once said “all disease starts in the gut.”
The gut plays a key role in our overall health. For example, the gut microbiome (healthy bacteria in the gut) play a role in controlling blood sugar and help produce the neurotransmitters in the brain. These neurotransmitters include dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and glutamate. In other words, feelings of happiness, sadness and other emotions are linked to your gut.
The gut microbiota has three main functions:
- Keep inflammation at bay;
- break down and digest food;
- Communicate with your immune system.
The gut is home to billions of good bacteria. If the gut is overrun with bad bacteria, the probability of having health problems dramatically increases.
Here are 5 diseases that start in the gut and are linked to bad bacteria:
- Auto Immune Diseases
Unfortunately, many people don’t associate these health issues with the gut. As a result, they take medication that doesn’t get to the cause of their issue, which is excessive amounts of unhealthy bacteria in the gut.
Many studies have been conducted on gut health:
“Imbalance of the normal gut microbiota have been linked with gastrointestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and wider systemic manifestations of disease such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and atopy.”Read the study HERE.
“Pre-clinical and clinical studies have shown that the zonulin family, a group of proteins modulating gut permeability, is implicated in a variety of chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs), including autoimmune, infective, metabolic, and tumoral diseases.”Read the study HERE.
The problem with all this is the way we treat our illnesses is to focus on the SYMPTOMS. We rarely go to the SOURCE of our ailment, which in many instances starts in the gut. These symptoms manifest in other areas of the body. Few people make the correlation.
Covid and Gut Health
Studies on covid have indicated a potential link between the covid 19 and gut health:
Diet, environmental factors and genetics play an important role in shaping gut microbiota which can influence immunity. Gut microbiota diversity is decreased in old age and Covid-19 has been mainly fatal in elderly patients which again points to the role the gut microbiota may play in this disease.Read the study HERE.
Another study found a potential link between a healthy gut and how severe covid affects the lungs:
Healthy gut microbiota can control the lung infection caused by SARS- CoV-2 by producing large number of immune cells as compared to a smaller number of immune cells by dysbiosis of gut microbiota.Read the study HERE.
The Keys to a Healthy Gut: Prebiotics and Probiotics
A possible way to help keep the body and immune system strong is to focus on gut health. A lot of the processed foods and drinks we consume can increase the amount of bad bacteria in the gut and increase our risk of illness.
The key to gut health is to consume prebiotics and probiotics:
- Prebiotics. A nondigestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines.
- Probiotics. Live organisms that populate your gut with healthy bacteria.
Here are some top prebiotics and probiotics, and a few foods that harm the gut:
|Top Prebiotics||Top Probiotics||Worst Foods For Gut Health|
|Onions||Apple cider vinegar||Processed foods|
|Artichokes||Fermented veggies||Artificial sweeteners|
|Flax seeds||Kimchi||Potato chips|
In addition to foods and supplements, the following spices are excellent for gut health:
- Bay leaves
Call To Action
The first line of defense against illness is a healthy immune system. We must make an effort to strengthen our immune system, and one of the best ways is to strengthen our gut. If a person chooses to get the vaccine, by all means go for it. But at the same time, do NOT rely on a vaccine or a pill to keep you healthy. Your immune system is the key.
Don’t wait until you’re sick to start taking better care of yourself. Be proactive and strengthen your immune system by eating healthy foods and living an active lifestyle.
Get more tips in my books and online courses:
- The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips For Hard Working Professionals
- The Three Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness.
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