Your gut and the trillions of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that work in harmony to make up your gut’s microbiome play a large part in your overall health. A healthy gut is the result of eating nutrient dense foods as well as ensuring microbial diversity, and the limited use of antibiotics, antacids and NSAIDs.
Your gut’s microbiome affects everything from your appetite to your immune system to your neurological function and even plays a key role in determining your mood.
One of the most important nutrients needed by cells in the large intestine is butyrate. Butyrate is a short chain fatty acid that feeds colonocytes, the cells that line the colon. Ample amounts of butyrate support the proliferation of good bacteria in the gut, and reinforce the mucosal lining of the gut*.
A substantial volume of intestinal mucus depends on phosphatidylcholine (PC) for its structural integrity and function - over 70% of the gut lining is made of PC. Supplementation of PC reinforces the mucus layer and can be of therapeutic benefit to those with intestinal disorders*. BodyBio PC provides a liposomal phospholipid complex that is well-known for its capacity to enhance cell membrane fluidity - but it has also been shown to improve gut function and homeostasis*.
Effects of Unhealthy Gut and Microbiome
The over 100 trillion microbes that constitute the body’s defense against disease can be negatively affected by the food we consume, such as processed foods and excess sugar. When your gut’s health and microbiome is out of balance, it can cause a host of health problems. Unhealthy microbiomes can lead to intestinal or gastrointestinal dysbiosis, IBS, IBD, Leaky Gut, among many other health conditions*.
Benefits of Caring about your Gut Health
Besides gut health supplementation, if you want to support a healthy gut and microbiome, there are a range of things you can do: chewing food very well, drinking filtered water and reducing stressors (especially during meal times) are all key to achieving and maintaining a healthy gut. A diverse range of foods also will lead to a diverse microbiome. Eating fermented foods will help boost gut health.Yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi contain Lactobacilli, a healthy bacteria. Take prebiotic, probiotic, and other microbiome support supplements. These support the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut and help restore your gut to its healthy state.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.