How gut and immune system are connected

Understand how it's all connected

As a rule, if our gut is not healthy, neither are we. Let’s recap: around 70% of our immunocompetent cells are located in the gastrointestinal tract. These cells effect strict ‘border controls’, determining what is absorbed into the body via the intestinal mucosa and flora. Part of the immune system, the gut-associated lymphoid tissue, differentiates between pathogens (which are fought by killer cells), the body’s own cells, and vital nutrients. In addition, it is immunologically linked to other mucous membranes in the body, such as the nasal, oral and bronchial mucosa, and supplies them with antibodies.

Astounding coherences

Do not be surprised if a Mayr physician, when faced with a wide range of diagnoses, draws conclusions relating to a pathologically altered intestinal flora or leaky gut syndrome. Today we know that migraines and impaired intestinal flora are closely related; that ninety percent of all fructose-intolerant patients also suffer from depression; that hay fever and allergies can result from chronic bowel inflammation; and that general exhaustion, susceptibility to infection and immunodeficiency indicate that the intestines are overloaded.

General exhaustion, susceptibility to infections and immune deficiency indicate that the intestine is overloaded. This list could be continued almost indefinitely, and it makes it clear: a sick intestine can lead to numerous complaints. A healthy gut, on the other hand, is the prerequisite for a strong immune system and mental strength.

Did you know that...

... the gut has a surface area of 400 to 500sqm, and is therefore our largest interface with the outside world – much larger than skin, which measures approximately 1.9sqm for men and 1.6sqm for women.

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About the author

Dr. med. Peter R. Gartner

After studying medicine in Innsbruck and training as a general practitioner, Dr Gartner specialised in holistic medicine, nutritional medicine, acupuncture and hypnotherapy and has been practising diagnostics and therapy according to Dr F. X. Mayr with great success ever since. He is also a sought-after speaker at specialist conferences and has been sharing his knowledge on the Park Igls blog for many years.