Poor Gut Health Can Cause Autoimmune Disease
Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system lives in your gut?1
Additionally, your gut is packed with trillions of microbes that work for and against your immune system. In fact, there are 150 times more genes contained in those microbes than in your genome.
This group of microbes is what’s known as your gut microbiome – a little ecosystem that influences your overall health significantly.
Because of these key facts, gut health and autoimmune conditions are closely associated.
It’s not surprising that these microbes and your gut health play a role in autoimmune conditions.
Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system mistakes parts of your body for an invader and attacks healthy tissue.
So, it makes sense that the home of your immune system needs to be healthy for you to avoid autoimmune disease.
One of the biggest concerns surrounding autoimmune disease is that it’s on the rise.
Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, and lupus are only becoming more common. On top of this, women are 78 percent more likely to get an autoimmune disease than men.2
These facts make it more pressing than ever to figure out how to stop autoimmune disease and research is indicating we need to examine our gut health.
The Importance of Building a Strong Gut Microbiome
If you’ve ever wondered how all those bacteria get in your gut in the first place, the answer begins before you’re even born.