The health of our immune system is closely linked to the health of our gut microbiome, and specific probiotic strains are proving a useful tool to help enhance our immune system function and promote better wellbeing during the winter season.
The microbiome meets our immune system in the gut
We call this ecosystem the gut microbiome, and it is made up of a dense and diverse community of microorganisms living on the external surface of our intestinal cells.
When kept in balance, the microorganisms in our gut assist us with the digestion of our food and contribute to many aspects of our health - including our immunity
Just underneath the cells of our intestinal wall lies the largest number of immune cells in the human body.
These immune cells are stationed there to protect the body against the entry of harmful microorganisms with the potential to cause infection.
It is here, on either side of our intestinal cells, that our gut microbiome meets our immune system.
The microorganisms living in our gut interact with immune cells through a network of different signals that pass through the intestinal wall, including specific substances they excrete.
Through this communication, the gut microbiome teaches our immune system how to create effective immune responses and protect against infection.
This process begins at birth and continues to play an important role throughout the rest of our lives.
Therefore, when the health of our gut microbiome is compromised, the effectiveness of our immune system can suffer as a result.
When faced with prolonged and frequent immune challenges, specific probiotic strains can support this function of the gut microbiome and help to enhance immune system function.
The findings of many clinical trials have demonstrated that specific probiotic strains can help to reduce the duration and frequency of common colds.
Children have been found to benefit from
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG
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Adults have been found to benefit from
Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL9
Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2
supplementation in combination
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To help enhance immune system function and reduce the occurrence and duration of common colds
To help enhance immune system function and promote healthy digestion
To help restore the balance of beneficial gut bacteria after antibiotic use