Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical bodies as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and survive on proper nutrition. Young Chiropractic helps our Easley chiropractic patients find their way around the world of gut nutrition as it is involved in 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 key vitamins as they regulate the gut immune response or act as a barrier to disease and thereby impact gastrointestinal health and the microbiome. Researchers found that vitamins help the gut microbiome by increasing 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 great quantity of short chain fatty acid producers (B2, E). (1) Taking a quality, daily multi-supplement is quite beneficial to be added to your Easley chiropractic treatment plan!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies function together with microbial life to stay healthy and to cope with disease. The gut microbiota are reported to make hundreds of bioactive compounds including B-vitamins which can quash the growth of competitive microbial species. B vitamins are mostly absorbed from the small intestine though excess B is supplied 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 survival of certain bacterium, suppressors of pathogenic bacteria colonization, and colitis modulators. (2) Your Easley chiropractor understands nutrition, particularly how B vitamins are well valued by the body and its microbiota!
B VITAMINS IN GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION
Another interesting tie Young Chiropractic wants to share 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 trigger systemic inflammation as well as issues with the central nervous system. Proinflammatory cytokines (via the kynurenine pathway’s enzymes forming neuroactive metabolites – another topic for another time!) are linked to several psychiatric disorders (bipolar, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, autism, depression, alcoholism). Probiotics which can affect proinflammatory cytokines are suggested as potentially decreasing the toxicity of the kynurenine-associated metabolites. (3) There is quite a bit we are discovering about inflammation, immunity, and the gut. This link to psychiatric issues is another topic of interest to Young Chiropractic.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the potential benefit of nutrition for immune support.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment today. 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!