March 2019 - Gut Health
“All disease begins in the gut.” -Hippocrates
Your digestive system is constantly under attack and some days it probably feels like balance is impossible or unachievable. But we know that there’s more at stake than digestive issues alone, as poor gut health can be the root cause of many other health issues throughout the body. Your brain might be the control center of the body, but the gut is the engine and without proper management, your engine might be the culprit behind your body’s poor performance. This month, we are focusing on gut health. Through diet changes and proper nutritional supplements in Springfield MO, it’s possible to reverse and repair the damage that’s been done to your gut over the years.
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IgG Protect Powder
(Available in Capsule form)
IgG Protect Powder is a highly concentrated (40%) immunoglobulin G (IgG) formula that provides essential nutrition for improved immune health. IgG Protect Powder’s pure and high-concentration formula provides improved immune modulation and strengthens the gut-immune barrier. Consistency in potency and purity of colostrum extracts is a primary concern for clinicians; advanced filtration and purification techniques make IgG Protect Powder a superior clinical tool. IgG Protect Powder provides 2,000 mg of IgG and 4 g of protein per serving.
SBI Protect Powder
(Available in Capsule form)
The discovery that the gut barrier plays a key role in immune health fueled the search to strengthen it. In that search, researchers found that the binding capabilities of immunoglobulins have a positive effect on gut barrier function. Immunoglobulins bind microbes and toxins in the GI tract and eliminate them prior to immune system activation. As these unwanted triggers are removed, it resets healthy immune tolerance and builds a stronger barrier to the external environment.
Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s immune response, a cascade triggered to protect the body and maintain normal tissue repair. Acute inflammation is the body’s initial response to harmful stimuli in which plasma and immune cells are relocated from the blood into injured tissues. This movement is followed by a cascade of biochemical events which advance the normal inflammatory response. When inflammation is prolonged, it leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue. It is essential to maintain normal inflammatory balance to achieve optimal health.
Ortho Biotic Powder
(Available in pill form)
The GI tract is a finely balanced environment where roughly 500 different strains of bacteria compete for space and nutrients. When there is a healthy balance (eubiosis), few symptoms exist. However, dysbiosis can occur when an overabundance of potentially harmful organisms prevail. The natural microflora balance can be upset by medications (such as antibiotics, oral contraceptives, etc.), excessive alcohol consumption, or poor dietary intake.
Because probiotics are live organisms, there are many challenges associated with manufacturing and distributing probiotic supplements. For a probiotic to be effective, it must be shelf-stable through the expiration date and precisely delivered to the intestinal tract, where it can have maximum benefit. The microorganisms in Ortho Biotic are protected, sealed and freeze-dried away from moisture, heat, light and oxygen.
This allows the bacteria to remain dormant until they are exposed to moisture in the GI tract. Ortho Biotic is a unique probiotic formula designed to deliver active organisms shown to promote healthy gut flora, protect intestinal integrity and boost immune function. Included in this formula is Saccharomyces boulardii, an extensively researched microorganism shown to help restore microflora balance by enhancing commensal organisms. Each scoop of Ortho Biotic provides seven proven probiotic strains chosen for their ability to withstand the harsh gastrointestinal (GI) environment and adhere to the intestinal tract, and deliver superior results. Ortho Biotic is also available in capsules at the same high concentration for those who prefer capsule delivery.
Betaine and Pepsin
Symptoms of indigestion are often mistaken for excessive gastric acid. This leads many to take acid blockers in attempt to lower stomach acid, when the true culprit is likely to be insufficient levels of hydrochloric acid (HCl). Betaine & Pepsin provides two essential components of healthy digestion: HCl and the digestive enzyme, pepsin. HCl is vital for the proper digestion of protein and the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Pepsin is one of the first enzymes to initiate protein digestion and works in synergy with HCl to provide complete protein digestive support.
Because of our hectic lifestyle, and the way we often consume food that is frequently overcooked, digestion can often be less than optimal. Thorough digestion of foodstuffs with enzymes prevents foods from being fermented in the gut and the proliferation of “bad” bacteria and yeast at the expense of “good” intestinal bacteria. Another benefit of enzymes is that more nutrition can be derived from food. In addition, regular bowel movements result from this better digestion. Digestzyme-V is specifically designed to support digestion and help unlock more nutrition from food.
Digestzyme-V is a comprehensive blend of acid-resistant, plant-based enzymes designed to help maximize the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food. Each capsule includes lipase, amylase, lactase, CereCalase® and protease to aid in the digestion of protein, fat, starches, fiber and other difficult to digest foods known to cause food sensitivities. CereCalase®, a special blend of hemicellulase, beta-glucanase and phytase, is specially formulated to digest the cell walls of plants, providing better nutrition from a plant-based diet. Digestzyme-V also includes Gentian root, a traditional bitter herb, and artichoke, a natural choleretic, added to stimulate the body’s natural production of enzymes and bile.