Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical bodies as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and survive on proper nutrition. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic helps our Augusta chiropractic patients find their way around the world of gut nutrition as it is tied to physical and microbial life.
THE GUT MICROBIOME: Vitamins
The gut microbiome is critical in keeping physical health and in breeding disease. The diet is key. Fermentable fiber and other nutrients affect the composition of the gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health. Vitamins A and D are crucial vitamins as they modulate the gut immune response or function as an obstacle to disease and thereby influence gastrointestinal health and the microbiome. Researchers found that vitamins help the gut microbiome by enhancing the number of acknowledged commensals (A, B2, B3, C, K, beta carotene), microbial diversity (A, B2, B3, C, K) and richness (D), short chain fatty acid production (C), and the abundance of short chain fatty acid producers (B2, E). (1) Making a quality multi-supplement part of your everyday routine is so important to be added to your Augusta chiropractic treatment program!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies work together with microbial life to stay healthy and to cope with disease. The gut microbiota are reported to produce hundreds of bioactive compounds including B-vitamins which can suppress the growth of competitive microbial species. B vitamins are mostly absorbed from the small intestine though excess B is sent on to the distal gut as needed. New studies are considering the other roles B vitamins seem to take on there: nutrients for both the host and the microbiota, regulators of immune cell activity, mediators of drug efficacy, supporters of the existence of certain bacterium, suppressors of pathogenic bacteria colonization, and colitis modulators. (2) Your Augusta chiropractor knows nutrition, particularly how B vitamins are well valued by the body and its microbiota!
B VITAMINS IN GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION
Another interesting tie Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic wants to present is a tie between the microbiota, immune cell activity, and inflammation. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue is explained as the largest immunity organ in the human body. Disturbances to the gut microbiome may lead to enhanced gut permeability and cause systemic inflammation as well as issues with the central nervous system. Proinflammatory cytokines (via the kynurenine pathway’s enzymes creating neuroactive metabolites – another topic for another time!) are linked with several psychiatric disorders (bipolar, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, autism, depression, alcoholism). Probiotics which can affect proinflammatory cytokines are potentially toxicity reducing of the kynurenine-associated metabolites. (3) There is quite a bit we are finding out about inflammation, immunity, and the gut. This link to psychiatric issues is another topic of interest to Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the possible benefit of nutrition for immune support.
Make your Augusta chiropractic appointment soon. Combining nutrition with gentle chiropractic treatment via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is a great approach to taking care of your body!