So What Does It Mean For You?The reason the rate of appendicitis in industrialized societies is so high is speculated to be the result of the immune system's over-reaction to parasites and diseases. Put simply, we're too clean and hygienic and when our bodies are exposed to something unusual, inflammation in the appendix can occur. But obviously the appendix isn't crucialto survival because millions of people have had it removed... right? Actually, the function the appendix is believed to carry out is a very important one, but you can also work to repopulate your gut with good bacteria, thereby reducing some of the strain on the appendix. You can do this by:
- Eating naturally fermented foods.
- Taking probiotics.
- Eliminating foods that irritate your gut lining.