If you're a germ-o-phobe, listen up: All those showers and that incessant use of Purell are killing off your main line of defense. The bacteria that live in and on you are an integral part of your immune system. They protect you from invaders, turning on and off your immune system at just the right time. If you are prone to colds, flu, and other infectious diseases, it could be due either to not having enough bacteria or having the wrong kinds of bacteria living in your gut. And in extreme cases, poor gut health may contribute to immune-related diseases such as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease, to name just a few.
If you suffer from a weakened immune system, you may want to consider a gut restoration regimen. As a nutritionist, here are five steps I recommend: