Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > Health-in-Motion Updated 15 March 2016 Your health is in your gut Your gut is a huge player in the immune system, because it’s the first line of defense between you and anything dangerous you happen to swallow. Have you ever touched something dirty (like your phone or your keyboard) and then cooked or put your hands around your mouth? Taken a piece of gum without washing your hands? Cooked on a surface that isn’t totally sterile? Then you’ve probably introduced some kind of pathogen to your gut, and if you didn’t get sick from it, you have your gut flora to thank. Boost your immune system this coming winter by consuming products like yoghurt with Acidolphus, L. casei, and L. rhamnosus probiotic strains. 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Diet and nutrition Is canned or frozen produce bad for me? News Hand hygiene – how clean are your hands really? Medical Add asthma to list of possible causes of childhood obesity Medical Feeling down during spring? Blame your seasonal allergies News UP student wakes up from 11 week coma: ‘We’ve been surprised by how strong she is’ Parenting C-section rates have nearly doubled since 2000 From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Gut health » Can't lose weight? Blame it on your gut Our nutrition experts weigh in on why gut health is such an important factor in weight loss, on World Obesity Day. Sleep better » Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep A new study confirms that too little sleep can impair your brain, but interestingly, too much sleep is also a problem.