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To Improve Wellness in 2018 – Begin with the Gut

GutHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSNHippocrates, regarded by many to be the Father of Medicine, is reported to have said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Contrary to the general belief of his time that disease was likely to be the result of disfavor by the gods or demonic possession, Hippocrates believed that illness must have a physical and rational explanation. In separating illness from superstitions, Hippocrates sought to treat the whole person, and based his treatment on the healing power of nature, supported by a good diet, cleanliness, fresh air, physical exercise, and rest, when needed. His writings show the he largely advised diet and exercise as remedies or cures for ailments, and resorted to medicines when individuals did not follow his lifestyle recommendations. Millennia ahead of his time, his contributions to the medical world still endure in modern medicine, as witnessed by today’s recommendations of healthy diet and exercise for support of overall good health.

Other than salves and foods, medicines prescribed in Hippocrates’ time were generally purgatives designed to rid the body of noxious substances thought to cause disease. According to ancient texts, Hippocrates believed that undigested residues, produced by an unsuitable diet, excreted vapors that passed into the body, resulting in disease and ill health. Today, more than 2,000 years after Hippocrates purportedly uttered his now famous quote, modern medicine is finally beginning to realize that nutrition, along with proper digestion, assimilation and absorption of nutrients, is fundamental to overall wellbeing. Functional medicine, which endeavors to identify and address the root causes of disease, focuses on a whole body, science-based individualized approach to restore optimal functioning of the body and its organs. In functional medicine wellness begins with a healthy well-functioning digestive system, as well as an undamaged gut lining.

How we treat the body’s mini-ecosystem largely determines the state of our overall heath. Eating healthy foods, managing stress levels, and maintaining an active lifestyle all contribute to the maintenance of a healthy gut microbiome. Ideally, a diverse diet of minimally processed whole foods that are high in fiber and nutrients, and moderate in protein and healthy fats, will help to keep inflammation in check, protect the gut lining, and reduce damage to beneficial gut bacteria. The impact of the western diet and lifestyle on immune health has been considerable, and has led to increased gut permeability, systemic inflammation and a significant decline in overall immune function. Our love of heavily processed high carbohydrate foods, sugars and artificial sweeteners has contributed to an alarming rise in cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and autoimmune diseases nationwide.

Science has shown that the gut microbiota provides essential health benefits that include critical digestive function, protection against invading pathogens, detoxification, hormone regulation, vitamin production and absorbency, mental wellness, and the regulation of immune homeostasis. Also known as the second brain, the enteric nervous system is a mesh-like network of neurons that line the entire digestive tract. These neurons are responsible for that nervousness you sometimes feel in the pit of your stomach, or what we know as our “gut feeling” or intuition. Important neurotransmitters embedded throughout the enteric nervous system communicate with the microbiome and send messages to the brain that influence our mood and feelings. Evidence shows that a healthy gut can help manage depression, curb inflammation and cortisol levels, and positively influence the reaction to stress. Studies show that those with healthy and diverse gut microbes are less likely to suffer from anxiety or depression.

While the science evolves, the emerging insights of the gut-brain connection may help us rethink the way we treat our microbiome. It appears that improved diet and lifestyle may benefit far more than one’s waistline. Evidence suggests that a less diverse or imbalanced microbiome can have a negative impact on health, while a balanced and diverse microbiome contributes to better overall physical and mental health.

To support the health of the microbiome:

-Give the gut time to rest. There are several ways to give the digestive system a well-deserved break. In addition to getting adequate sleep and lowering stress levels, try lightening up some of your meals, narrowing the window of time between your first and last meal or the day, or choosing a liquid diet one day each week.

-Eliminate high allergen foods, such as dairy and gluten, that can irritate the gut if you notice negative reactions after consuming them.

-Avoid sugar and junk foods that feed and encourage the proliferation of bacteria deleterious to health.

– To support the growth of healthy microbes, eat a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fermented foods. Dysbiosis, an imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.

-Probiotic foods and supplements that contain live, active cultures provide beneficial bacteria that nourish and promote the microbiome and may help to increase the diversity of microbes through colonization in the large intestine.

-Prebiotic rich foods, such as onions, garlic, apples and chicory root, contain indigestible fibers that encourage the growth and colonization of beneficial bacteria.

-Be careful not to overuse antibiotics. To avoid depleting beneficial bacteria antibiotics and OTC medications should be used judiciously. Take them only when truly needed and for the shortest course of treatment necessary.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high-quality products to support and repair the intestinal system:

Vitalzym DigestVitalzym Digest by World Nutrition: This naturally derived blend of powerful enzymes is specifically formulated to assist the body’s normal metabolic processes by optimizing digestive function and nutrient absorption in support of energy production and general wellbeing. Gluten, lactose and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.


NutrizymeNutrizyme™ by American Nutriceuticals: This clinical strength proprietary formula provides enzymatic and non-enzymatic ingredients designed to help improve the digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as address inflammation.


Natto-K™Natto-K™ by Enzymedica: This therapeutic blend of plant-based enzymes with high fibrinolytic activity ensures optimal and complete digestion and provides cardiovascular and circulatory support. Gluten, soy, dairy, preservative and artificial ingredient free, vegan kosher formulation.


Alpha-Glycosyl...Alpha-Glycosyl Isoquercitrin by Integrative Therapeutics®: This product provides highly absorbable and bioavailable quercetin in support of cellular antioxidant defenses, cardiovascular health, and a healthy immune response. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.


Dysbi-EaseDysbi-Ease by Biospec® Nutritionals: This natural highly effective complex provides well tolerated anti-fungal and antibacterial ingredients that remove harmful microbes from the digestive tract for a more balanced beneficial microflora. Vegetarian formulation.


Digestive Relief...Digestive Relief with Prebiotics and Aloe by Buried Treasure™ Nutritionals: This premium whole food liquid digestive aid complex provides fiber, prebiotics, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory fruits, and traditional herbs to promote healthy digestion and provide natural immune support. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.

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The Brain-Gut Connection. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-brain-gut-connection
The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-fallible-mind/201701/the-pit-in-your-stomach-is-actually-your-second-brain
Can gut bacteria improve your health? https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/can-gut-bacteria-improve-your-health



The Leaky Gut Connection to Autoimmune Diseases

leakygutautoimmunediseasesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Many might remember the well-known spiritual song, Dem Bones, we learned as children to understand how the skeleton is connected. Just to refresh the memory, the song lyrics, “toe bone connected to the foot bone, foot bone connected to the heel bone, heel bone connected to the ankle bone,” and so on, make the skeletal connection throughout the entire body. Similarly, while we might think that body parts operate independently, all cells communicate with other cells using chemical signals that are transported through the blood stream and nervous system via fluids, neurotransmitters and hormones.

Complex cell signaling elicits an action or a response that very often begins with the immune system, appropriately located in the gut. Would it surprise you to learn that an unhealthy gut is directly connected to many autoimmune diseases that can occur throughout the body and affect muscles, joints, eyes, nerves, skin, glands, blood vessels and all bodily organs? Functional medicine physicians who seek to find the root causes of disease, as opposed to simply suppressing symptoms with medications, point to Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) as the major cause of disease and dysfunction, accounting for at least half of chronic complaints.

We hear a lot about heart disease, cancer and diabetes, but not all that much about the 80 plus disorders that can result when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), autoimmune diseases have increased dramatically worldwide since the 1940’s, with as many as 23.5 million Americans affected. In contrast, cancer affects approximately 13 million Americans. The NIH draws a relationship between the alarming increase in autoimmune diseases and the increased production and use of chemicals in agriculture and environmental pollutants, including chemical toxins, bacteria, viruses and molds. Further, genetic predisposition, infections, and gut dysbiosis all play major roles in the development of autoimmune diseases, which progress slowly over time.

The NIH also notes that the alarming rise of autoimmune diseases parallels the dramatic changes in our food supply over the last 50 years. We no longer consume food shortly after hunting or harvesting; we use more genetically modified crops than all other countries combined; we spray our vegetables and fruits with pesticides, fungicides and insecticides; we inject animals with antibiotics and hormones and feed them an unnatural diet; we use chemicals and artificial preservatives, flavorings and colorings; we use artificial sweeteners and consume alarming amounts of sugar and sodium. Add in industrial pollutants, exposure to toxins in plastics, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, and personal care products, along with the widespread use of antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and OTC medications, and you begin to get some idea of what our immune systems, elimination organs and digestive systems are up against.

The gut has a surface area of about 200 square meters, which comes in contact not only with foods but with everything else we ingest. And though we carry beneficial intestinal microorganisms, that outnumber our cells 10 – 1, the microbiome is substantially affected by diet, toxic substances and medications. Microbial changes in the GI tract have a profound effect on inflammatory and metabolic responses. Dysbiosis and digestive issues resulting from an imbalance in the digestive tract are often early signs of autoimmunity. As all foods are either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory, certain dietary choices can modify the ecology of the microbiome, often resulting in a susceptibility to inflammation-driven autoimmune diseases.

The intestinal lining, the first line of defense for the immune system, is only one cell thick with tight junctions between cells. With LGS, intestinal hyperpermeability allows undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins, that would normally be eliminated, to enter the bloodstream. When this happens, the immune system activates and begins to make antibodies against its own tissues, laying the groundwork for diseases that include alopecia, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis and many others.

Likely contributors to leaky gut include diet, chronic stress, inflammation, toxic overload, bacterial imbalance, medications, yeast overgrowth and zinc deficiency. To help eliminate LGS, adopt eating habits that facilitate optimal digestion:

  • Make dietary changes to eliminate added sugars, starches, grains and common allergens like dairy, peanuts and gluten to curb inflammation and reduce yeast overgrowth. This allows this intestinal tract to slowly heal and return to its normal permeability.
  • Leaky gut leads to malabsorption of nutrients, which in turn leads to deficiencies, particularly in vitamins D and B12, iron and zinc. Supplementing with these nutrients, a high-quality multivitamin and omega-3 fish oil helps improve the condition of the mucosal lining and reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory L-glutamine, an essential amino acid, is critical to the growth and repair of the intestinal lining.
  • Support your microbiome with probiotics to keep harmful organisms in check and aid nutrient absorption. Quality probiotics nourish and support a healthy gut and reduce symptoms of dysbiosis.
  • Digestive enzymes help to break down food particles before they reach the intestines, preventing larger undigested molecules from irritating the intestinal lining. Digestive enzymes may also help to reduce inflammation in the gut to give added support to the immune system.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support a healthy intestinal system:

Dysbi-EaseDysbi-Ease by Biospec Nutritionals – This highly effective supplement provides all natural antibacterial and antifungal ingredients that help dispose of harmful microbes and yeasts that can lead to dysbiosis. Use this product in conjunction with a probiotic taken 3 hours apart.


Immune SupportImmune Support by Theramedix – This professional strength proprietary enzyme blend breaks down undigested proteins to boost and support immune health. Delayed release vegetarian capsule.


Rehmannia Complex

Rehmannia Complex by Professional Complementary Health Formulas – This liquid botanical formulation assists the body in inflammatory conditions associated with autoimmune disorders.


Neuro-Immune...Neuro-Immune Infection Control™ by Neurobiologix – This broad spectrum professional formula combines natural ingredients shown to effectively inhibit yeast and bacterial overgrowth to help control inflammation to allow the body to heal. Wheat, soy and milk free formulation.


Zinc Drink™Zinc Drink™ by Metagenics® — This convenient liquid zinc formula supports healthy immune function and assists enzyme activity associated with numerous biochemical reactions. Gluten, soy, and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.


D3 PlusD3 Plus® by Bio-Tech – This excellent source of natural highly absorbable vitamin D3 is combined with vitamins K1 and K2, magnesium and zinc in support of optimal immune, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular health. Gluten, yeast, and dairy free.


L-Glutamine 1,000 mg...L-Glutamine 1,000 mg by Pure Encapsulations – L-glutamine nutritionally supports the integrity of the mucosal lining and healthy functioning on the gastrointestinal tract, aiding nutrient utilization and absorption, and limiting passage of toxins through the intestinal barrier. Gluten and soy fee, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

Leaky Gut: Can This Be Destroying Your Health? http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/Leaky-Gut.cfm
Autoimmunity and the Gut. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4036413/
Diet-Induced Dysbiosis of the Intestinal Microbiota and the Effects on Immunity and Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3448089/