Food can make you not only healthier but also happier!

Everybody knows how food can make you feel better. You are going through your first breakup, dealing with inner sadness, and the only thing that can brighten up your day may be a pint of ice cream. The fact that food can influence your health is nothing new. We have dealt with healthy eating pyramids since elementary school, and our parents clearly let us know that fruits and vegetables are good for us.

But why exactly does food make us healthy, and is it only possible to be healthy, if we eat large amounts of broccoli, lentils, or raw paprika?

Our gut is the heart of our immune system. 70%, almost ¾ of all cells responsible for immune defense against various diseases are in our intestinal wall! It should be no surprise then, that if it is damaged, our immune system weakens. A key player for the health of our gut is our microbiome, meaning our microbial gut inhabitants. They add up to 10-100 billion bacteria! Their role is to metabolize our food intake and produce a huge number of metabolic products (postbiotics).

Depending on the food consumed, these metabolic products can promote or disrupt the 'communication' between our intestinal wall and the immune cells located there. Disturbed communication can lead to an increase in disease-causing bacteria and also increase the susceptibility to infections. If our microbiome is imbalanced due to improper nutrition, this weakens the natural barrier function of our intestinal wall and evilbacteria and other pathogens can penetrate more easily. The body reacts to this with a defense reaction, which in turn can trigger an inflammatory reaction. In other words, you get sick. Conclusion: In order to optimally promote the defense mechanisms of our body, a healthy microbiome is essential. And right now, shortly before the start of the annual fluseason, the immune defense should be boosted once more. In the meantime, there are even studies that show a connection between diet and the likelihood of a severe course of a Covid-19 infection. The studies come to the conclusion that a vegetarian or even vegan diet offers a 73 percent lower probability of getting moderately to severely ill with Covid-19 - compared to the study in whichparticipants did not eat a plant-based diet. Even pescetarians were 59 percent less likely than those who eat meat.

In addition to high meat consumption, according to a Korean study, a diet with highly processed foods also has a rather unfavorable effect on the balance of our microbiome. In other words, the well-known food pyramid with its high proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables is once again justified! But I also wantsay to all meat and fast food lovers– you are not lost!

You too can do your microbiome good and thus strengthen your immune system. For example with different types of fiber. Because the “good” strains of bacteria in our microbiome, the so-called probiotics, prefer to feed on water-soluble fiber (prebiotics) and metabolize them into metabolic products (postbiotics) that are essential for our immune system. These water-soluble fibers are a feast for the good bacteria living in the colon. They break these down into short-chain fatty acids, among other things. They are the real heroes - because they are said to have a lasting positive influence on our microbiome, and they can compensate for an imbalance among our intestinal bacteria. They are particularly essentialfor the bacterial strains that have a special protective function by preventing inflammation in the body.Researchers at Ruhr University Bochum and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen have already shown that short-chain fatty acids stimulate the production of so-called regulatory T cells, which in turn regulate inflammation in the body (4)

Before it gets too medical –in general, short-chain fatty acids have a demonstrably important influence on our health and well-being and alsoon inflammation and autoimmune diseases in particular. And our microbiome can only produce these acids if we provide it with the right food. For example, in the form ofwater-soluble fiber.

Water-soluble fiber can be found mainly in fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, oats and barley products, flaxseed and much more.

So we know that the basis for a stable immune system is a healthy microbiome, which in turn can be positively influenced by the right diet. In addition to the much-cited balanced diet, the microbiome can also be positively influenced by taking food supplements with added probiotics. The probiotics support the reproduction of valuable intestinal bacteria that are necessary for the immune defense and thus ensure the important balance and functioning communication between the intestinal wall and the immune cells on it.

This is exactly what our within® Inner Strength capsules do.

Conclusion: Eating makes you happy and the right food also makes you healthy. And if you want to be on the safe side and you want to give yourself and your immune system an additional boost before autumn begins, you should pay attention to a balanced, high-fiber diet. Our little probiotic helpers are a valuable and helpful support here and help you regain your balance.