Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical bodies as well as of microbial life. They are connected together and live on proper nutrition. New Hampshire Spine and Sport helps our Southern New Hampshire 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 keeping physical health and in breeding 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 function as an obstacle to disease and thereby impact gastrointestinal health and the microbiome. Researchers found that vitamins assist 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 great quantity 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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractic treatment program!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies function together with microbial life to maintain health and to cope with disease. The gut microbiota are reported to make 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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractor understands nutrition, particularly how B vitamins are well appreciated by the body and its microbiota!
B VITAMINS IN GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION
Another interesting tie New Hampshire Spine and Sport 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 forming 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 finding out about inflammation, immunity, and the gut. This link to psychiatric issues is another topic of interest to New Hampshire Spine and Sport.
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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 Southern New Hampshire 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!