Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical lives
as well as of microbial life. They are connected together and survive
on proper nutrition. Spinal Care Clinic helps our Burlington and Hamilton 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 maintaining
physical health and in propagating disease. The
diet is key. Fermentable fiber and other nutrients play a role in
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 impact gastrointestinal health and the
microbiome. Researchers report that vitamins assist the
gut microbiome by increasing the number of presumed
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) Taking a quality,
daily multi-supplement is quite beneficial to be included in your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic treatment plan!
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 produce 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 sent
on to the distal gut as required. 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
Burlington and Hamilton 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 Spinal Care Clinic wants to
share is a link between the microbiota, immune cell
activity, and inflammation. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue is explained
as the biggest 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 forming
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 Spinal Care Clinic.
CONTACT Spinal Care Clinic
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 Burlington and Hamilton 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!