The gut has about 100 trillion microorganisms (hard to imagine) and these microorganisms help play a vital role in our health and immunity (it’s where 80% of our immunity lies!). Your gut is responsible for protection from disease and infection, regulating your metabolism, detoxification, Here are 6 simple tips to help get it on the right track Fluids We recommend drinking at least 10 glasses of purified water each day. Fluids are extremely important, especially for maintaining regular movement in the digestive tract (being dehydrated can actually cause constipation). Drinking water also helps remove toxins (tip number 4). Treat your body for pathogens This may be hard to believe but it is estimated 1 in 2 people carry parasites. You can pick these critters up from anything – raw fish, pork, water, travelling and you are especially susceptible if you have a weak immune system. You can try a parasite cleanse (your local health food store should have this) or here are a few simple ingredients to incorporate into your diet thyme garlic black walnut wormwood oregano oil Probiotics We recommend you take at least 1 billion good quality probiotics per day to help build up your good gut bacteria. All Welo Probiotic products contain 2 billion and these probiotics have around an 80% survivability rate. Rest Stress plays a huge component on our health and immunity. It causes inflammation and deregulates your immune system. We can’t control our external environment but we can control how it affects us. Try and get at least 8 hours of sleep a day and perhaps supplement with an adaptogen (a couple personal favorites are ashwaganda and astralagus) Remove toxins Toxins are all around us. They’re in our air, in our food, in our water. It’s hard to remove ALL toxins, especially if you live in a city atmosphere but here are a few simple tips: Aluminum: This is often found in antiperspirant and deodorant. Make sure you buy an Aluminum free deodorant, check with your local health food store on a few good alternatives Chemicals: these are often found in household cleaners, go green! It does cause marginally more but makes such a difference. BPA (Bisphenol A): make sure you are always buying BPA free plastic Mercury: limit your intake of fish to no more than once a week and if you do eat fish try and buy it fresh (not from a can) as cans also give our bodies unwanted metals Bone broth An authentic bone broth contains vital amino acids and is rich in minerals (collagen, glutamine, glycine, proline). The amino acids in collagen actually helps reduce inflammation and build the gut lining. Bone broths can be quite expensive in store but they are so simple and inexpensive to make in a crock pot.