The gut mucosa connects with the largest population of immune cells in the body! Is it any wonder that in functional medicine we assess your gut function as one of the initial steps in cases of allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease, eczema, crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, celiac disease, arthritis and more?
It’s often the first point of exposure to pathogens. Many
microbes use it as a entry point into the rest of the body. The gut immune system therefore needs to be ready to respond to pathogens but at the
same time it is constantly exposed to harmless environmental antigens,
food particles and commensal microflora which need to be tolerated.
Misdirected immune responses to harmless antigens are the underlying
cause of food allergies and debilitating conditions such as inflammatory
bowel disease. This animation introduces the key cells and molecular
players involved in gut immune connection and disease.
By checking your gut's microbial environment and taking a functional medicine approach to health and wellness, we can actually modulate some of the underlying immune dysregulation and eliminate your symptoms!
Nature Immunology homepage: http://www.nature.com/ni/index.html