Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical bodies
as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and live
on proper nutrition. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn helps our Ashburn chiropractic
patients find their way around the world of gut nutrition as it
is involved in physical and microbial life.
THE GUT MICROBIOME: Vitamins
The gut microbiome is important in maintaining
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 key vitamins as they regulate the
gut immune response or function as an obstacle to
disease and thereby influence gastrointestinal health and the
microbiome. Researchers report that vitamins help the
gut microbiome by increasing the number of presumed
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 great
quantity of short chain fatty acid producers (B2, E). (1) Taking a quality,
daily multi-supplement is so important to be added to your Ashburn chiropractic treatment program!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies work together with microbial life
to maintain health and to deal with disease. The
gut microbiota are said to make hundreds of
bioactive compounds including B-vitamins which can quash the
growth of competitive microbial species.
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 additional roles B
vitamins seem to take on there: nutrients for both the host and the microbiota,
regulators of immune cell activity, mediators of drug efficacy,
supporters of the survival of certain bacterium, suppressors of
pathogenic bacteria colonization, and colitis modulators. (2) Your
Ashburn chiropractor knows nutrition,
especially how B vitamins are well appreciated
by the body and its microbiota!
B VITAMINS IN GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION
Another interesting tie Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn wants to
present is a link between the microbiota, immune cell
activity, and inflammation. The gut-associated lymphoid tissue is explained
as the largest immunity organ in the human body.
Disturbances to the gut microbiome may lead to enhanced 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 with
several psychiatric disorders (bipolar, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, autism,
depression, alcoholism). Probiotics which can affect
proinflammatory cytokines are suggested as
potentially reducing the toxicity of the kynurenine-linked
metabolites. (3) There is so
much we are learning more about inflammation,
immunity, and the gut. This association to psychiatric issues is
another topic of interest to Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the possible
benefit of nutrition for immune support.
Make your Ashburn chiropractic
appointment soon. 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!