Curebiome Naturopathic

 

Microbiome and Healthy Digestion

Absorption

What you eat matters, but just as important (if not more so) is what you actually absorb. If you’re eating all the right things but little of it is being broken down by stomach acid, bile and enzymes so that it can be absorbed – then it’s like you’re not eating anything. This is a problem that many people have when they switch to a “healthier” diet and feel terrible. If we’ve trained our digestive system over decades to deal with processed foods that take very little to break down and absorb, then suddenly we introduce complex carbohydrates and fibers like found in vegetables – there’s going to be a little trouble as your GI tract adjusts. It takes time to increase production of enzymes, bile and stomach acid and sometimes extra support is needed during this initial transition. Just like when someone stops drinking milk their produciton of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) stops, so can other enzymes that are needed very little or not at all. Another factor that can affect your ability to absorb food is inflammation.

 

Inflammation

Inflammation in the GI tract comes from a few different sources, but the most typical and common culprit is from your diet choices. Certain foods tend to be more inflammatory – though everyone is unique in what they may be sensitive to and to what extent there are a few foods that more often than not will create problems. The top two are gluten (wheat) and dairy, followed by eggs, peanuts and a few others. Gluten and dairy are different than they used to be, this is shown by the fairly common occurrence of people travelling to Europe who are very sensitive to either of both gluten and dairy, then having the ability to eat gluten and dairy with no negative reactions. Between processing, pasteurization, the growing process and more gluten and casein (found in dairy) have become much more inflammatory and difficult for our GI tracts to tolerate in North America.

This inflammation, whether from gluten, dairy, egg or any other food you may be sensitive to, can lead to what’s call hyperpermeability of the GI tract. This is where the junctions between cells are a less tightly connected so that immune cells can help fend off a potential infection – though in many cases there is no infection. This hyperpermeability can allow food particles that are not completely digested into the blood stream, alongside some of the gut microbes which can lead to systemic inflammation. This can lead to feelying achey and low energy, trouble concentrating and can even create pain such as headaches or joint pain. There is even a diagnosis for joint pain called “reactive arthritis” which is when an infection of the GI can lead to arthritis.

Another source of inflammation is an imbalance of the microbes in the GI tract, known as the microbiome. Within the mouth, stomach, small and large intestines there are very different microbes that thrive in each area and support things like digestion, immune function and more. Should something like antibiotics, stress, high amounts of sugar and processed foods be present the balance of these microbes is often thrown off. This can lead to inflammation and poor digestion as well and often creates something called microbial overgrowth. You may have heard this referred to by different names such as “candida” or “SIBO,” but they are similar in that some of the normal and healthy microbes in the gut have taken over and are throwing off the equilibrium – this typically creates many digestive concerns including (but not limited to) gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn and more.

Additional Gut Support – The following combination helps to restore the natural healthy bacteria to the GI tract, improve intestinal movement, break down food and heal the lining of the GI tract. The optional add-ons are for those dealing with potential overgrowth, common with excess bloating, sugar cravings, gas and other concerns.