GH_03_Your Gut's Best Friend?

Implementing positive lifestyle changes can support intestinal flora and prevent the overgrowth of yeast. It’s no coincidence that many of the same vitamins promoted for their immune benefit, are also great for gut health.

A number of nutrients can help support optimal digestive function including:

Probiotics:

Probiotics are living microorganisms that live in your gut and help your body in many different ways.

Zinc:

Researchers have found that the right amount of zinc is critical to intestinal health and is especially important in protecting the epithelial lining of the gut. A compromise of the epithelial layer of the gut is a factor in many conditions.

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D modulates intestinal microbiome function, helps control antimicrobial peptide expression, and has a protective effect on epithelial barriers in the gut mucosa.

Vitamin C & E:

Antioxidants like vitamins C and E are the first line of defense against oxidative stress brought on by free radicals – unstable molecules that can damage cells. Vitamin E is particularly good at stopping the oxidation of fats, especially those that reside in the membrane of cells.

Vitamin B12:

Vitamin B12 is a precious resource for the gut. This vitamin may make an unrecognized contribution in shaping the structure and function of human gut microbial communities. Vitamin B12 nourishes the gut microbiota and uses it to support the growth of other microbes.

Magnesium:

Low magnesium levels can compromise cell membrane integrity, damaging the vital fatty layer in the cell membrane and making it more susceptible to destruc­tion. This allows leakage through the membrane and can contribute to what’s known as, leaky gut.

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