Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical lives
as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and live
on proper nutrition. Pflugerville Wellness Center helps our Pflugerville 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 critical in keeping
physical health and in breeding 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 key vitamins as they regulate the
gut immune response or function as a barrier to
disease and thereby influence gastrointestinal health and the
microbiome. Researchers report that vitamins help the
gut microbiome by enhancing 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 so important to be added to your Pflugerville chiropractic treatment program!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies work together with microbial life
to maintain health and to deal 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. 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
Pflugerville 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 Pflugerville Wellness Center wants to
present is a tie 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 increased gut
permeability and cause 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 suggested as
potentially decreasing the toxicity of the kynurenine-associated
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 Pflugerville Wellness Center.
CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness 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.
Schedule your Pflugerville 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!