The immune system is the main link between our gut bacteria and their influence on our health and disease. And we now know that this education begins even before we are born.
Did you know that around 70% of your immune system lives in your gut?
And one of the key immune functions our gut performs is to regulate the particles that pass through our intestinal lining into our bloodstream and body.
A healthy digestive tract will allow minuscule particles of digested food and nutrients to pass through the gut wall and will keep out larger food particles and pathogens.
If the gut wall is damaged, these large food particles and pathogens can enter the blood, where they are treated as foreign invaders by the body, which produces an immune reaction that causes inflammation and pain.