The gut, melatonin, insomnia and the immune system

Melatonin is a hormone that governs our sleep wake cycle while also having a major positive influence on our immune systems.   It’s another string in our bow to mortality wound and neutralize the coronavirus.   The major manufacturing site for this vital hormone is not in fact the pineal gland which is located in our brains more or less behind the middle of our forehead but in fact our gut.  There are a number of ways we can ensure that our brain makes adequate amounts of melatonin but what is equally if not more important is a healthy balance of germs in our gut.  An imbalance of bowel flora which might be happening if we are bloated, have ongoing gut discomfort and experience unrelenting flatulence might be telling us that our capacity to produce melatonin is compromised.  Consuming adequate amounts of fibre found in fruit and vegetables is one way to restore this healthy balance.

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