Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical lives
as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and survive
on proper nutrition. Minster Chiropractic Center helps our Minster chiropractic
patients navigate 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 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 assist 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 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 included in your Minster chiropractic treatment program!
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 competitive microbial species’ growth.
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
Minster 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 Minster Chiropractic Center wants to
share is a link between the microbiota, immune cell
activity, and inflammation. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue is described as the biggest 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 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 so
much we are discovering about inflammation,
immunity, and the gut. This association to psychiatric issues is
another topic of interest to Minster Chiropractic Center.
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the potential
benefit of nutrition for immune support.
Make your Minster 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!