“Unfortunately, the gut is not like Las Vegas – what happens in the gut doesn’t necessarily stay in the gut.”
My husband loves to give an example of the risk of eating junk food which our overly abused pancreas can’t always produce enough enzymes. The risk is our fatigued pancreas robs our immune system for the proteins to produce digestive enzymes. One of our body’s greatest need is digestion. Below are some simple facts:
- 80 percent of our immune system resides in our gut.
- The immune system is our security detail. It is hardwired to differentiate between what belongs in your body and what doesn’t. When it spies harmful food, virus, bacterium, or parasite, it shoots to kill.
- The immune system takes aim at itself.
- Unfortunately, the immune system is not perfect. Sometimes it targets healthy tissues, a situation that, if it persists under certain circumstances, can lead to an autoimmune disease or autoimmune disorders.
Approximately 50 million Americans, 20 percent of the population or one in five people, suffer from autoimmune diseases. Women are more likely than men to be affected; some estimates say that 75 percent of those affected–some 30 million people–are women.