When it comes to controlling the spread of Covid-19, many countries have proven there is a chance to make things better before things get much, much worse. However, others appear to be squandering the opportunity. As nations around the world grapple with the pandemic, nothing could be more comforting than knowing you have every opportunity to improve your health and wellness.
Given the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for Covid-19, attacks your immune system, you should take every opportunity to fortify your health and ensure no resource goes underutilized –– especially when it comes to gut health.
A healthy gut is a strong defense
The Covid-19 virus attacks like no other ‘respiratory’ infection, wielding such a diversity of outcomes on so many different organs. Its ability to wreak havoc from head to toe came as a surprise to the medical community. Patients with severe Covid-19 “suffer a runaway inflammatory response and, often, clot formation,” while some patients, “had to have their gut removed,” according to Stat News.
New and overwhelming evidence confirms “the virus also attacks platelet-producing cells, which produce extensive clotting in the veins and other small blood vessels of patients’ hearts, kidneys, liver, and lungs.” The extreme inflammatory response results in” patients with severe Covid-19 illustrating a high incidence of cardiac arrests and arrhythmias,” scientists at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found.
It’s estimated that 80% of our immune cells exist in the gut. “The link between gut microbiota and human health is well-recognized and described,” in numerous studies over the years that “explain the mutual dependence between humans and their gut bacteria.”
Notably, “the coronavirus infects cells that line the inside of the large and small intestine, called gut enterocytes. That likely accounts for the diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal pain that about one-third of Covid-19 patients experience, said MD Anderson’s Maitra: “The GI symptoms reflect physiological [dysfunction] of cells of the lower GI tract.”
These findings can be added to numerous global reports that reveal a multitude of surprising injuries in COVID-19 patients.
A growing body of research confirms the importance of the gut microbiome, which plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and its overall benefit to the immune system.
As a result, innovation and progress abound to provide therapeutic solutions for many of the health issues that affect us today. One important area of focus is the use of probiotics to aid in nutrition as an adjunct therapy.
Probiotics, live microorganisms that restore gut flora, offer a good form of therapy to keep our gut microorganisms in check. They also aid digestion by aiding in nutrient absorption. The biggest takeaway, however, is that probiotics overwhelmingly contribute to immune function.
When considering how to optimize wellness, personalized probiotics can improve immune responses to ultimately mitigate the frequency and severity of inflammation. Functionally targeted probiotics are designed to counter chronic illnesses that affect approximately 45%, or 133 million Americans (even before the global spread of COVID-19).
Creating optimal health and wellness
Probiotics are considered “good” bacteria and is found naturally in foods and some supplements. If you prefer a natural means to functionally target the root cause of chronic ailments, they can help you feel your best.
Bacteria were once thought to be unwelcome invaders, yet, not all bacteria are harmful. “In fact, our bodies are home to an estimated 100 trillion good bacteria, many of which reside in our gut. Not only do we live in harmony with these beneficial bacteria, but they are actually essential to our survival.” Scientific research continues to show a symbiotic relationship between our bodies and microbes living within us.
Before adding probiotic supplements to your wellness routine, it’s good to know if and how they are beneficial to your body. Start with a proper analysis of your gut bacteria. Next, seek out a probiotic brand that offers microbiome analysis in an ISO certified laboratory. And verify the authenticity of the brand.
The goal is to optimize your wellness with functionally targeted probiotics, which means you should take a personalized approach. For instance, your demographic and psychographic information can be used to arrive at a personalized probiotic solution designed for your specific health and wellness needs.
Meanwhile, ensure your privacy is taken into account, including data confidentiality and results. Your service provider must be able to separate your personally identifiable information (PII) from protected health information (PHI). The use of multiple layers of encryption and access protection is a necessity.
Trust your gut
Every individual has a unique set of gut microbes, and data is vital if you want to effectively optimize your wellness. The microbial composition of your body revolves around factors that are individual to you: such as diet, age, lifestyle, ethnicity, and overall health, among other determinants.
A great deal of research has been performed on probiotics, but much remains to be learned to reap the full and inherent benefits. However, there is ample in-market proof that functionally targeted probiotics can help many people on their path to optimal wellness.
Hazel Hargreaves is a content writer on a mission to help entrepreneurs and small business owners build a strong online presence with high quality and shareable content.
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