The gut system’s main function is to digest food to be turned into nutrients in the body and excrete the waste out of the body. The gastrointestinal tract or GI tract makes sure that the beneficial bacteria are keeping the gut happy and healthy while the intestinal permeability is keeping the toxins and unwanted pathogens out. However, when pathogens do enter the gut can start to disrupt the intestinal wall permeability, it can cause gut inflammation and other chronic illnesses to pop up over the gut and cause a person to be in pain. In this 2 part series, we will be taking a look at ways to keep a healthy gut intact. In Part 1, we took a look at what is the GI tract and its role on the gut. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers who specialized in gastroenterology services. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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The Roles Of GI Microbiota
Since the gut system is home to the GI tract, research studies have shown that the GI microbiota plays a role in the body’s physiology, metabolism, and nutrition. The gut makes sure that the body is getting the right amount of nutrients while producing beneficial gut flora to keep everything working. Other research studies have found that gut microbiota has been associated with gastrointestinal diseases like IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), SIBO, metabolic disorders, and neurological disorders just to name a few. The gut is connected to the entire body as it plays a functional role in a person’s health as it is one of the main sources where inflammation seems to target the most.
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Ways To Improve GI Microbiota
There are many ways to help improve the GI microbiota in the body. Many individuals will often find ways to improve their lifestyles by making small changes in their daily routines, changing their eating habits, exercising more, and moving around to make their lives better. Research studies have shown that in the gut microbiota the bacteria, fungi, and viruses actually live in a harmonic dynamic equilibrium together in the intestinal tract. The gut needs them in order for the microbiome to thrive and produce good bacteria in order for the gut system to be functional. Other research studies have found that when there is a right balance of microorganisms in the gut, the microbion will improve the body’s mental and physical health as well as other microbiomes.
Stop Taking Antibiotic
Even though antibiotics are beneficial to the body by getting rid of viruses and bacteria, they can cause harm to the gut microbiota. Research studies have shown that when individuals use antibiotics in their system will cause negative effects on their gut microbiota. What antibiotics do to the gut is that they can reduce the bacterial species diversity, cause an altered metabolic activity, and caused a recurrence of viral infections to the gut. Other studies have found that antibiotics can cause microbial dysbiosis and cause the disruption of the gut microbiota. When individuals are taking an excessive amount of antibiotics for chronic illnesses, it can destroy the gut flora and cause even more illnesses to rise, but taking antibiotics in small amounts will get rid of the virus and not harm the GI microbiota.
Research studies have shown that when individuals that are suffering from obesity and diabetes due to gut microbial dysbiosis should use berberine. Berberine has been used to dampen the effects of inflammation and lower glucose levels in the body. Other studies have found that berberine has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help not only the gut but also provide neuro-protective and cardiovascular-protective effects on the brain and heart.
Known as “living microorganisms”, probiotics are beneficial to the gut as they help get rid of the bad bacteria and feed the good bacteria of the gut. Studies have shown that probiotics contain Lactobacilli, which can help manipulate the intestinal microbial, suppress the pathogens that harm the gut, and stimulate the epithelial cells while fortifying the intestinal barrier. Probiotics are essential to gut health as they are part of the 5R program, which helps reset the gut and helps dampen the effects of inflammation. Other research studies show that the primary job that probiotics provide is that they provide a healthy balance to the body when the bad bacteria start to increase. Probiotics will fight them off and restore balance to the gut and the body.
All in all, finding ways to make sure that the gut stays healthy is by making small changes in the way a person eats, their lifestyles, and exercising can not only help the gut stay healthy but the body as well. When there is inflammation in the gut, it can cause a person to feel bad and if it is not treated right away can develop into chronic inflammation over time. By taking probiotics, eliminating foods that may cause a person inflammation, and eating antioxidant-rich foods can dampen the effects of inflammation to the gut and restore the GI microbiota.
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