Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical lives
as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and live
on proper nutrition. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa helps our West Des Moines 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 important 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 prime vitamins as they regulate the
gut immune response or function as an obstacle to
disease and thereby influence 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 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 West Des Moines chiropractic treatment program!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies work together with microbial life
to stay healthy and to deal with disease. The
gut microbiota are reported to make 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. Recent
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 effectiveness,
supporters of the survival of certain bacterium, suppressors of
pathogenic bacteria colonization, and colitis modulators. (2) Your
West Des Moines chiropractor understands nutrition,
especially how B vitamins are well valued
by the body and its microbiota!
B VITAMINS IN GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION
Another interesting tie Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 increased 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 to
several psychiatric disorders (bipolar, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, autism,
depression, alcoholism). Probiotics which can impact
proinflammatory cytokines are potentially toxicity reducing of the kynurenine-linked
metabolites. (3) There is quite a bit we are learning more about inflammation,
immunity, and the gut. This link to psychiatric issues is
another topic of interest to Executive Chiropractic of Iowa.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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.
Make your West Des Moines chiropractic
appointment now. 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!