WHAT IS GALT?
The gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is a network of immune cells that are found in the gut and are involved in the immune system's response to invading microorganisms. The GALT is an important component of the immune system, as it helps to protect the body from infections and other harmful substances that may enter the body through the gut.
WHY BOOST YOUR GALT IN 2023?
The GALT is made up of a variety of immune cells, including T cells, B cells, and antibodies, which help to recognize and attack invading microorganisms. The GALT is also home to a number of immune cells known as dendritic cells, which help to educate the immune system about potential threats and stimulate an immune response.
With the giant shit show that Covid was, and the power of choice being stolen from the world, which has unequivocally now been proven to have had an even more detrimental effect on the health of the world’s collective inhabitants, as well as more talk from big pharma advocates like Bill Gates confirming there will be many more pandemics (or Plandemics), to come, it is more important than ever to get real about immunity, and discover what is REALLY going on inside that immune system of yours.
Because only YOU and your due diligence will give you the best chance of preventing or withstanding any future pathogens that may have devastating effects, and could be the difference between life or death.
Knowledge and the latest science is your superpower in 2023 and Edible Earth are known for pioneering and utilising new science and indigenous medicines, being the first to market ingestible Hyaluronic Acid in 2018, and the first Sustainable Collagen Company in WA, before collagen became cool. So, whilst we cant predict the lotto numbers, or magically make every husband remember every anniversary date, you can rest assured that we CAN help to prepare you for anything health related that may come your way.
NEW MICROBIOME & GALT POWER COUPLE:
The microbiome, the community of bacteria that live in the gut, plays a crucial role in the development and function of the GALT. A healthy microbiome has been linked to a healthy GALT, which may in turn support a healthy immune system. An unhealthy microbiome, on the other hand, has been linked to a range of immune-related issues, including increased inflammation and a decreased ability to fight off infections, various pathogens and rogue cells that may turn cancerous.
Healthy microbiome isn’t achievable when there is inflammation throughout the body, unfortunately most of our customers don’t know this is an issue before they come to us, but with our practical and free gut healing e-book (which you will have sent to you when you subscribe to our online email list) and our elixirs, chronic inflammation can be managed and treated, no magic pills or gimmicks, just healthy lifestyle changes and alternatives.
Inflammation is a normal immune response that helps to protect the body from infection and injury. However, chronic inflammation has been linked to a range of health issues, including autoimmune diseases and some types of cancer. By reducing inflammation in the gut, marine collagen may help to support the overall health of the immune system.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND MICROBIOME & GALT:
A number of scientific studies have demonstrated the importance of the GALT in immune health. For example, a review published in the journal Gut Microbes (Volume 3, Issue 4) discusses the role of the GALT in immune homeostasis and the maintenance of gut barrier function. The authors of the review discuss how the GALT is influenced by the microbiome, and how a healthy microbiome can support a healthy GALT and immune system.
Another study, published in the journal Nature Reviews Immunology (Volume 17, Issue 8), discusses the role of the microbiome in shaping immune responses. The authors of the study discuss how the microbiome can influence the development and function of the GALT, and how an unhealthy microbiome can lead to immune-related issues, including increased inflammation and a decreased ability to fight off infections.
Some more scientific literature to look into to support the importance of GALT for bulletproof immunity are as follows:
"The gut-associated lymphoid tissue: a key component of the mucosal immune system" published in the journal Mucosal Immunology (Volume 5, Issue 6)
"The gut-associated lymphoid tissue: an immune system at the interface between the animal and its environment" published in the journal Immunological Reviews (Volume 241, Issue 1)
"The gut microbiota and immune homeostasis" published in the journal Nature (Volume 535, Issue 7612)
"The gut microbiota in health and in disease" published in the journal Current Opinion in Gastroenterology (Volume 31, Issue 1)
"Gut microbiota and immune system: a close relationship" published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology (Volume 9)
MARINE COLLAGEN & GALT:
Marine collagen has gained popularity in recent years for its wide range of health benefits, particularly for skin, hair and joint health. However, research has also shown that marine collagen may have a role in gut health and the prevention of digestive diseases, like Australia’s best marine collagen GLOW Gut Elixir, which was formulated specifically with this in mind.
Edible Earth specialise in women’s and digestive health, as the complex relationships of the skin-gut, brain-gut and bowl-gut axis’ are intricately woven into our philosophy and all of our scientifically formulated elixirs.
One area of research that has garnered particular attention is the potential of hydrolysed marine collagen peptides, like GLOW Gut Elixir, to improve the health of the microbiome, the community of bacteria that live in the gut.
The microbiome plays a crucial role in digestion, immune function, and overall health, and an imbalance or dysfunction of the microbiome has been linked to a range of digestive diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
One study found that supplementing with marine collagen improved the diversity and stability of the microbiome in mice, leading to a reduction in inflammation and an improvement in gut barrier function. Another study in humans found that supplementing with marine collagen improved symptoms of IBS, including bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.
Marine collagen may also have a role in the prevention of other digestive diseases. For example, research has suggested that collagen may help to strengthen the lining of the gut, which may be beneficial for individuals with leaky gut syndrome, a condition in which the gut lining becomes damaged, allowing bacteria and toxins to leak into the bloodstream.
This gut lining, which is known as the mucosal barrier, acts as a physical barrier between the inside of the gut and the rest of the body, protecting against the entry of harmful substances such as bacteria and toxins.
MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS & GALT:
It is believed that medicinal mushrooms, such as reishi, chaga, lion's mane, and cordyceps, found in our certified organic, beta-glucan rich CALM Adaptogen Elixir blend, may support immune function and reduce inflammation through a variety of mechanisms. They provide the high test natural source of antioxidants and melatonin on the planet, and there’s basically nothing they can’t do!
Here are some ways in which these magical mushrooms may impact the immune system and inflammatory markers:
Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) is thought to have immune-modulating effects, meaning it may help to regulate and balance the immune system. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce inflammation in the body. Some research suggests that reishi may help to reduce levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-alpha and IL-6.
Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus) is high in antioxidants, which may help to protect cells from oxidative stress and support immune function. It is also believed to have immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects, and may help to reduce levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-6.
Lion's mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is thought to have immune-boosting properties and may also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Some research suggests that lion's mane may help to reduce levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-6.
Cordyceps mushroom (Cordyceps sinensis) is believed to have immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects, and may also have antiviral properties. Some research suggests that cordyceps may help to reduce levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-6.
WHAT ARE CYTOKINES?
Cytokines are small proteins that play a key role in the immune system by helping to regulate immune responses and inflammation. Some cytokines, such as TNF-alpha and IL-6, are classified as pro-inflammatory cytokines, meaning they promote inflammation in the body.
Chronic or excessive levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines have been linked to a number of health problems, including autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammation, and an increased risk of infections.
IL-6, or interleukin-6, is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that is produced by a variety of cells in the body, including immune cells. High levels of IL-6 have been associated with chronic inflammation and an increased risk of certain diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
Some research suggests that pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-6 also change GALT and compromise immunity.
SO, HOW CAN WE REPAIR MICROBIOME FOR HEALTHY GALT?
There are many ways to support and diversify the gut microbiome through nutrition and lifestyle changes. Here are ten potential strategies:
Eat a varied diet: Consume a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and legumes to provide a diverse array of nutrients and plant compounds that can support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Avoid pro-inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten and dairy.
Eat fermented foods: Fermented foods such as coconut yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and sauerkraut contain live cultures of beneficial bacteria that can colonize the gut and promote a healthy microbiome. Having 4 serves a day for 2 months has been proven to boost and diversify the strains of bacteria in your gut! Results from this long term study were only released at the end of 2022!
Eat prebiotic-rich foods: Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Some examples of prebiotic-rich foods include onions, garlic, leeks, artichokes, and bananas.
Avoid antibiotics: Antibiotics can kill off both harmful and beneficial bacteria in the gut, leading to a less diverse microbiome. Use antibiotics only when necessary and consider taking a probiotic supplement to help restore the balance of bacteria in the gut after a course of antibiotics.
Manage stress: Chronic stress can negatively impact the gut microbiome, so it's important to find ways to manage stress through activities such as exercise, meditation, time in nature, or whatever it is that resonates with your sense of peace.
Get enough sleep: Adequate sleep is important for maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Exercise regularly: Exercise has been shown to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. It also boosts your feel good hormones and is proven to be a stronger anti-depressant than any pharmaceutical anti-depressant.
Avoid smoking: Smoking can harm the gut microbiome and should be avoided.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption: another long term study that released results in 2022, proved that there is no such thing as drinking in moderation, even one glass was shown to kill brain cells, cause inflammation and damage throughout the body and brain - sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Gulp!
Consider taking a probiotic supplement: Probiotics are live microorganisms that can help to restore the balance of bacteria in the gut. Try a certified organic natural source like Life Elixir Immunity - it is also the only plant source of Vitamin B12, contains more protein than red meat and is proven to boost the immune system.
So there you have it ladies, a simple, practical go-to guide to guarantee you’ll be fighting fit and feisty and feeling oh so confident in your skin, so you can live your best life in 2023 and reach for the stars, without your health getting in the way.