As the fall and winter mark increased circulation of respiratory viruses, many are looking for effective and holistic ways to protect themselves and their family all season long.
One of the key areas to consider is nurturing your gut-immune axis—the collection of intricate pathways connecting your immune system to your gut.
With your gut microbiome housing the largest number of immune cells in the body, your gut plays a pivotal role in the functioning of your immune system. Through extensive cross-communication with your immune receptors and cells, your gut microbes modulate your immune system—helping it recognize pathogens while maintaining proper immune responses within the body.
Cultivating a healthy gut microbiome can have positive effects on your immune and whole-body health, so here are five ways you can protect yourself now: