Gut Health

Everything You Need to Know About Your Body’s Best Defenders

Whether you realize it or not, your body gets attacked by infectious bacteria every day.

And if your body’s self-defense systems weren’t there to protect you, you’d be sick all the time… especially if you spend a lot of time with children (a.k.a. “germ magnets”) or sick people (if you work in a hospital, for example).

That’s why it’s so important to keep your immune system in good fighting shape. And to make sure you have a big enough army of good bacteria in your gut to defeat whatever germs are trying to infect you.


Your Front Line Defenders: IgG

So, let’s take a few steps back and explain the process…When you come into contact with infectious substances (called antigens), they trigger your immune system into motion. It then tries to get rid of bad bacteria and viruses before they can start causing symptoms, which can be anything from headaches and fevers to diarrhea and bloating.

Every time it senses an attack, your immune system responds by sending out immunoglobulins to fight on the front lines. Immunoglobulins – which are also called antibodies - are the “soldiers” your body uses to fight off infections. In fact, your body’s most important soldiers are a special group of antibodies called IgG (Immunoglobulin G) (learn more about that here). IgG is the largest group of antibodies, accounting for almost 80% of the germ-fighting population in your body. And get this…they’re also the only antibodies present in every type of body fluid (like blood, saliva, and tears). (additional info here)


More About IgG

IgG antibodies are constantly on patrol, searching your body for antigens (like viruses) so they can catch any germs before you get sick. They go into “attack mode” whenever they come across any troublemakers, which may include: 

  • Viruses
  • Infectious bacteria
  • Fungi and yeasts
  • Environmental toxins
  • Allergens

    When IgG antibodies catch up with one of those invaders, they latch on so it can’t get away. Once the antigen is captive, IgG neutralizes it so it can’t cause any damage. Then the IgG removes that germ from your body – case closed - so it can’t cause:

    • Infection
    • Inflammation
    • Intestinal distress

      In fact, IgG offers special protection to your gut, where some of the worst invaders try to attack.

      Another fun fact about IgG? IgG antibodies protect your baby during pregnancy – they’re the only antibodies small enough to cross through the placenta.


      IgG and Your Gut Barrier

      You may not think too much (or at all) about your gut barrier, but it’s one of the most important parts of your body. In fact, that barrier (also sometimes called the intestinal wall) offers one of your strongest protections against disease.

      Your gut barrier is made up of a layer of cells that form a wall between your gut and your bloodstream. It’s very careful about what can get through: The barrier selectively allows nutrients and other healing compounds into your bloodstream, but blocks anything that can cause harm – like antigens and toxins.

      Unfortunately, your gut barrier can be weakened by viruses, bad bacteria, and toxins (like weed killer residue on fruits and vegetables) that try to escape into your body from the intestines…a condition known as toxic streaming If the toxins do make it out, they can cause a lot of health problems.

      So your immune system, powered by IgG, works extra hard to keep that barrier safe – it’s why around 70% of your immune system is in your gut. When your gut barrier is at full strength, harmful substances can’t escape into your bloodstream, and you stay healthy and strong.


      Enough IgG to Get the Job Done

      Sometimes – and this is an important part to read - your body doesn’t create enough IgG to keep you healthy. And when you’re running low, you’re more likely to get sick and stay sick longer.

      Signs of too few IgG antibodies include: 

      • Getting sick frequently
      • A lot of sinus and lung infections
      • Repeat infections
      • Strange infections (not just what’s going around)
      • Chronic diarrhea

      With plenty of IgG in circulation, your body will be able to fight off germs…and more.

      IgG also lets your immune system know when not to attack. It helps prevent overreactions that can lead your body to attack itself. In doing that, having just the right amount of IgG helps minimize autoimmune and allergic responses.

      When your body’s own IgG supplies seem to be running low, you can replenish them with special immunoglobulin supplements


      Keep Your IgG Army Strong

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