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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
Keeping your gut healthy during the holiday season is key to making sure that your holidays are a success. We know that we’re often exposed to many different foods that we may not usually eat and maybe it’s prepared by people we don’t know. It’s important that we make sure we’re doing everything in our power to keep our gut nice and healthy during the holidays.†
How common are foodborne illnesses?
When it comes to foodborne illnesses during the holidays, that’s when we see an exponential shift in terms of how many Americans actually get ill because of different foods. We know that, throughout the entire year, foodborne illnesses affect about 50 million people, so it’s a very common issue that arises. When we look at the holidays, we can see that this really spikes.†
We have to think about the different reasons as to why this happens. We have to look at who is making the food. Are they handling the food hygienically? Were they storing them properly? Were they reheating them properly? This is important because bacteria thrives in these types of environments, so we want to make sure that our gut is ready just in case we’re exposed to something that is not exactly friendly.†
Maintaining the integrity of your gut
When it comes to making sure that our gut is prepared in the event we are exposed to things such as salmonella or staph infections, there is a triple nutrient defense that I always recommend. This would include laying down good, healthy bacteria with Probiotic HxⓇ. This is a multi-strain probiotic that also contains prebiotic, which primes the gut for the introduction of the good, healthy bacteria.†
Then we look at the Nucleotide Complex, which offers nucleic acids that make up our DNA and RNA. When we think about our GI tract or gut cells, those have a rapid rate of division and turnover, so we want to make sure that we’re having healthy turnover and not have unfriendly cells continuously replicating. Having the Nucleotide Complex is certainly an immune-boosting nutrient to have on board during the holidays, not only in the event that we are exposed to a foodborne pathogen, but also for our immune defenses in general.†
We also want to include Grape Seed Extract. Grape Seed Extract has been shown to have these really powerful antibacterial properties to it. Research has shown that it has this ability to help fend off some of the gross things that we may be exposed to during the holiday season.†
All of these things matter to your health because you want to be able to make it through the holidays. You want to be able to have an enjoyable time and get together with friends, family and coworkers, but you also want to make sure that you can do this in a way that isn’t opening your system up for a potential gastritis or other gut issue.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses gut health and foodborne illnesses. She explains different ways that food can become contaminated and provides suggestions for nutrients that can help you keep your gut safe this holiday season.†
- The steps to take to help prevent foodborne illness
- How nucleotides and probiotic bacteria help fight bugs
- Research on Grape Seed Extract
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It’s never too early to start making sure your immune system is working to its best ability. Learn about the nutrients you need to help defend your body this winter in Part 2 of this podcast from Jerry Hickey, Ph.
You’ve probably heard of the microbiome and good bacteria before, but do you know what role they play in your body? Learn about how your microbiome impacts digestion, immunity, skin health and so much more from Amanda Williams, MPH.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
Our immune system has many jobs. Right at the peak of all of those jobs is protecting you from the outside world. The immune system is designed so it can find and kill foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. When it’s working well, your immune system is strong enough to prevent you from getting sick when you’re exposed to germs. But there are many factors that impact your body’s immunity.†
The relationship between the microbiome and immunity
About 70% of your immune cells come in contact with your digestive tract, so the shape of your microbiome can impact the way your body defends itself. The microbiome refers to all of the organisms that live with us and use us as their home. Most of this is bacteria, but there is also yeast and viruses. These visitors outnumber us manyfold.†
The organisms in our microbiome certainly impact our health. For instance, when there’s an imbalance in bacteria on the scalp, you experience dandruff. You have to take care of the multitude of organisms that live in your intestines because they are the easiest to shape. This, in turn, will impact the bacteria on your skin, in your lungs, in your bloodstream and elsewhere.†
There are good strains of bacteria as well as bad strains. When there is an excess of bad strains, this can cause inflammation or infections. On the other hand, studies have found that good strains of probiotic bacteria can help promote good immune system function to help fight off viruses and colds, even in very elderly people. These good bacteria help contain the bad ones and calm the immune system, helping to fend off allergies, bacteria, viruses and other harmful cells. You can promote the health of your microbiome by following a good, nutrient-rich diet like the Mediterranean diet, eating some fermented foods and taking a probiotic supplement.†
How sleep impacts the immune system
Your sleep cycle is very important. You have an internal clock called the circadian rhythm. It is controlled by the hypothalamus, which is found in the back of the brain. Your sleep cycle can be thrown off if you go to bed at all different times, drinking alcohol and exercising too late at night.†
Sleep is important because it gives your immune system a chance to recharge. Then, in the morning, when you’re waking up, your immune system needs to be more active because you are often in public and around more people and possible contaminants. When your sleep cycle is inappropriate, the immune system gets muddled and it may become active at the wrong time, making it easier to catch bacteria or viruses.†
Nutrients from food for immunity
There are nutrients found in food that can help promote our body’s ability to defend itself. Curry, for instance, has turmeric, which is rich in alkylamines. Alkylamines look like the outside of the virus, so this helps to wake up and activate the immune system. Green tea is also beneficial because it contains polyphenols called catechins. These catechins are also alkylamines. Green tea can also help to weaken viruses and mobilize certain immune cells. Mushrooms are also beneficial as they contain ergothioneine, which is arguably the most powerful natural antioxidant known to science. They also have Vitamin D and beta 1,3 glucan that help adjust the immune system.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. explains multiple factors that impact the body’s ability to defend itself from invading bacteria, viruses and more. He details the importance of taking care of your digestive tract, getting good quality sleep and eating the right foods. Tune in tomorrow for part 2 of this podcast!†
- The function of the immune system in the body
- What is the microbiome?
- The difference between good and bad bacteria
- What happens during REM sleep?
- How viruses and immune cells work
- Why cortisol is important for immunity
Thank you for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Invite Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the Invite Health Podcast.