Gut Health

7 Ways an Unbalanced Gut Disables Immunity

Keeping you healthy. 

That’s the number one job of your immune system. And you need your immune system performing at its best every day… especially when you’re surrounded by health threats (as most of us are).

The last thing you need is an ineffective response that increases your risk of catching whatever’s going around. You need to make sure your immune system knows when and how to act to properly address any and all threats.

And that’s why you need to protect your immune system against its most dangerous foe… an enemy that can take down your immune system before you even realize it… 

An unbalanced gut microbiome.


Your Immune System: Balanced, Strong, or Both?

Your immune system does a lot more than fight off colds and viruses. It’s also responsible for:

  • Preventing infections
  • Healing wounds
  • Stopping disease
  • Neutralizing toxins

It takes a lot of effort to keep you healthy, and your immune system is on the job every minute of every day that you’re alive. That’s why supporting your immune system is so crucial!

When your immune response is sluggish, you’re more likely to contract all sorts of infectious viruses and bacteria… and take longer to recover. 

At the same time, an immune system that doesn’t function right may overreact, increasing your risk of chronic conditions, autoimmune diseases, and dangerously excessive immune system responses. 

So what makes your body’s number one protector stop working the way it should? The answer lies in your gut.

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Your Gut Holds the Key to Robust Immunity

Trillions of bacteria – both helpful and harmful – live in your gut microbiome. When the good bacteria (probiotics) outnumber the bad bacteria (pathogens), your well-balanced gut microbiome helps keep you healthy and heal you quickly if an infection does take hold.

That’s because about 70-80% of your immune system is found in your gut. And because the beneficial bacteria in your gut microbiome help your immune system develop and function properly. 

They teach your immune system how to balance its responses, so it doesn’t overreact or underreact – either of which can negatively impact your health.

But when your gut microbiome falls out of balance – a  condition called dysbiosis – pathogens outnumber probiotic bacteria. And, unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to trigger dysbiosis. In fact, all it takes is:

When your gut gets plagued by dysbiosis, your entire immune system suffers. And that can leave you vulnerable to all sorts of infections and disease states.


7 Ways Dysbiosis Disables Your Immune System

When your gut microbiome is in a state of dysbiosis, it has a doubly negative effect on your immune system. First, pathogenic bacteria interfere with your healthy and balanced response. And, second, reduced populations of beneficial bacteria equate to an unsupported and vulnerable immune system. 

Add that up, and dysbiosis really does a number on your immunity. Here are the 7 main ways dysbiosis – fueled by pathogen overgrowth – disables your immune system:

  1. Pathogens produce toxins called lipopolysaccharides – or LPS toxins – that can overload your immune system.
  2. Pathogenic bacteria crowd out beneficial bacteria, which effectively:
  3.  Pathogens activate proteins called TLRs (toll-like receptors) that set off abnormal immune system responses.
  4. Pathogen overgrowth can suppress proper immune system responses
  5. Pathogens and the compounds they create attack the protective lining of the intestines – the gut barrier – that normally prevents them from escaping the gut and entering the bloodstream.
  6. Escaped pathogens circulate and infect organs outside the gut.
  7. Pathogens send confusing signals to the immune system which both weakens appropriate responses and causes severe overreactions.

You can see the alarming effect an unbalanced gut microbiome can have on your immune system, leaving it all but unable to protect you.

Fortunately, you can optimize your immunity by getting your gut back into healthy balance… and letting a robust, diverse population of beneficial bacteria drive proper immune system responses.

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Rebalance Your Gut For a Healthy Immune Response

Just like your gut microbiome, your immune system is all about balance. Under ideal conditions, it reacts quickly and effectively to true threats, then stands down once those threats have been dealt with. It knows the difference between friend and foe, so it attacks only invaders and doesn’t mistakenly attack your body’s own cells and organs. 

But your immune system can only present a balanced response when it’s getting the right messages from the beneficial bacteria in a well-balanced gut microbiome.

That’s why it’s critically important to keep your gut microbiome in healthy balance – especially in times of high stress or when your immune system faces novel threats.

The best way to do that is to supply your gut with high quality, spore probiotics every day. Spore probiotics can survive through extreme environments, like 3 weeks on a delivery truck in the dead of winter or the burning acid of your digestive system. They arrive in your gut 100% alive, and . quickly get to work crowding out harmful bacteria to make space for a new, diverse population of other probiotic bacteria to grow and flourish.


Support Balance in Your Gut and Immune System with Just Thrive

The key to a healthy immune response is a well-balanced gut microbiome. And Just Thrive Probiotic contains four clinically-proven spore probiotic strains that help keep your gut microbiome in healthy balance.

Bacillus subtilis HU58™ which has been proven to be a hyper-potent fighter of harmful bacteria that seek to negatively impact the gut.

Bacillus indicus HU36™ which transforms your gut lining in your intestines into a antioxidant factory. 

Bacillus coagulans which is proven to soothe occasional diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, and unusual stool frequency.  

Bacillus clausii which is the only strain of probiotic known to resist damage from a variety of common antibiotic.

Support your gut and your immune system with Just Thrive Probiotic every day.