Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical bodies
as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and live
on proper nutrition. Cross Chiropractic Center helps our Sandy Springs chiropractic
patients find their way around the world of gut nutrition as it
is tied to physical and microbial life.
THE GUT MICROBIOME: Vitamins
The gut microbiome is important in keeping
physical health and in propagating disease. Diet is central. Fermentable fiber and other nutrients play a role in
the composition of the gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health. Vitamins A
and D are crucial vitamins as they modulate the
gut immune response or function as an obstacle to
disease and thereby impact gastrointestinal health and the
microbiome. Researchers report that vitamins help the
gut microbiome by increasing the number of acknowledged
commensals (A, B2, B3, C, K, beta carotene), microbial diversity (A, B2, B3, C,
K) and richness (D), short chain fatty acid production (C), and the abundance of short chain fatty acid producers (B2, E). (1) Taking a quality,
daily multi-supplement is so important to be included in your Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment plan!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies function together with microbial life
to stay healthy and to deal with disease. The
gut microbiota are reported to produce hundreds of
bioactive compounds including B-vitamins which can quash competitive microbial species’ growth.
B vitamins are mostly absorbed from the small intestine though excess B is supplied to the distal gut as required. Recent
studies are considering the other roles B
vitamins seem to take on there: nutrients for both the host and the microbiota,
regulators of immune cell activity, mediators of drug effectiveness,
supporters of the survival of certain bacterium, suppressors of
pathogenic bacteria colonization, and colitis modulators. (2) Your
Sandy Springs chiropractor understands nutrition,
especially how B vitamins are well appreciated
by the body and its microbiota!
B VITAMINS IN GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION
Another interesting tie Cross Chiropractic Center wants to
share is a tie between the microbiota, immune cell
activity, and inflammation. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue is described as the largest immunity organ in the human body.
Disturbances to the gut microbiome may lead to increased gut
permeability and trigger systemic inflammation as well as issues
with the central nervous system. Proinflammatory
cytokines (via the kynurenine pathway’s enzymes forming
neuroactive metabolites – another topic for another time!) are linked to
several psychiatric disorders (bipolar, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, autism,
depression, alcoholism). Probiotics which can impact
proinflammatory cytokines are suggested as
potentially decreasing the toxicity of the kynurenine-linked
metabolites. (3) There is so
much we are discovering about inflammation,
immunity, and the gut. This link to psychiatric issues is
another topic of interest to Cross Chiropractic Center.
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the potential
benefit of nutrition for immune support.
Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic
appointment today. Combining nutrition with gentle chiropractic treatment via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is a great approach to taking care of your body!