Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical lives
as well as of microbial life. They are connected together and live
on proper nutrition. Apple Country Chiropractic helps our Williamson chiropractic
patients navigate the world of gut nutrition as it
is involved in physical and microbial life.
THE GUT MICROBIOME: Vitamins
The gut microbiome is critical in maintaining
physical health and in propagating disease. Diet is central. 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 an obstacle to
disease and thereby impact 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 quite beneficial to be added to your Williamson 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 said 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 supplied 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 efficacy,
supporters of the existence of certain bacterium, suppressors of
pathogenic bacteria colonization, and colitis modulators. (2) Your
Williamson 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 Apple Country 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 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 to
several psychiatric disorders (bipolar, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, autism,
depression, alcoholism). Probiotics which can affect
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 association to psychiatric issues is
another interesting topic to Apple Country Chiropractic.
CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the possible
benefit of nutrition for immune support.
Schedule your Williamson 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!