How your Gut Affects your Immune System: A Symbiotic Relationship

Not long ago, we held the belief that bacteria had little to do with our well-being and considered it a separate entity that just assisted the digestion of certain foods.

More recently, it has become a fact that humans possess as many bacterial cells as human cells – with over 10 000 species and trillions of microorganisms present in our gut! [1]

Thanks to medical advances and the lowered costs of genetic sequencing, knowledge about bacteria are continually growing. In fact, scientists believe the bacteria contribute greatly to our level of well-being and health, specifically the bacteria found in our gut.

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The Gut Microbiome: Effect on Immunity in Infants & Children

The human gut has many essential roles. The most commonly known function is to transport, digest and absorb nutrients from the foods we eat.

Today, emerging evidence suggests the gut may also have an equally important role in the development and function of our immune system via both intestinal immune cells and gut bacteria.

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