Our bodies are hosts, hosts of our physical lives
as well as of microbial life. They are linked together and live
on proper nutrition. Johnson Chiropractic helps our Richmond 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. The
diet is key. Fermentable fiber and other nutrients affect
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 a barrier to
disease and thereby impact gastrointestinal health and the
microbiome. Researchers report that vitamins assist 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 Richmond chiropractic treatment plan!
THE GUT MICROBIOME: B Vitamins
Our bodies work together with microbial life
to maintain health and to cope with disease. The
gut microbiota are reported to make hundreds of
bioactive compounds including B-vitamins which can suppress 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 needed. 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
Richmond chiropractor understands nutrition,
particularly how B vitamins are well valued
by the body and its microbiota!
B VITAMINS IN GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY & INFLAMMATION
Another interesting tie Johnson Chiropractic wants to
present is a link 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 creating
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 potentially toxicity reducing 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 Johnson Chiropractic.
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the potential
benefit of nutrition for immune support.
Make your Richmond 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!