We’re sure you’ve heard the news by now that gut health is pretty important.
In fact, it is often referred to as the “cornerstone of great health” and is without a doubt one of the most important areas of our health.
Over 70% of your immune system cells are housed in your gut, making it absolutely essential when it comes to keeping the body healthy and fighting off dangerous viruses, pathogens, and bacteria.
Besides the sensitive balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria found within your gut, this important health system also includes a vital ‘gatekeeper’ known as your gut barrier, or intestinal walls.
In other words, your gut lining is the final line of defense between your vital organs and toxins from the outside environment.
Leaky gut, also known as “increased intestinal permeability,” is still a fairly new term that is quickly gaining the interest and attention of many medical professionals around the world.
In other words, if you want to repair your gut barrier, reduce inflammation, and heal a leaky gut, butyrate is absolutely KEY.
Whereas “regular” butyrate is usually metabolized in the stomach and small intestine, CoreBiome® gets directly to the colon where it is most needed for supporting immunity and overall health.
This alone makes the CoreBiome® postbiotics included in our Primal Gut Restore the most groundbreaking and single most important postbiotic available.
Although still a new concept in the medical world, postbiotics like butyrate are already being referred to as the next big thing in gut health, and potentially transformative to human health. Here are just a few reasons why butyrate is so important for gut health.
Without butyrate, the cells in your gut lining wouldn’t be able to perform their essential digestive functions. Healthy butyrate production helps keep gut inflammation in check (a leading cause of digestive issues) as well as keeps the gut cells and microbiota healthy, happy, and balanced.
2. Promotes healthy inflammatory responses
Butyrate acts as a “HDAC inhibitor” in the body, which means that it helps reduce inflammation in the gut by suppressing the activity of certain immune system cells. This is also essential for helping to create a hospitable environment for your microbiome to exist without sparking an acute inflammatory response.
3. Antioxidant power
Studies have shown that higher butyrate levels can increase an essential antioxidant known as glutathione. This antioxidant helps to neutralize free radical damage in the gut, a main cause of gut inflammation and all the health issues and illnesses that usually follow as a result of inflammation.
Butyrate is an essential part of promoting healthy functioning of the colon (large intestine). It helps increase blood blow in the colon, as well as helps prevent some types of diarrhea, and promotes healthy colonic motility. Since the colon is the last major organ in the digestive tract, it’s largely responsible for the frequency and consistency of bowel movements.
5. Supports healthy cognition & mood
Butyrate has been shown to have the potential to support healthy cognition and brain health. As researchers begin to learn more and more about the complex interconnected relationship between the brain and gut, one thing is clear: the state of our gut has a big impact on how we feel emotionally and mentally. It’s believed that healthy butyrate levels may have certain neuroprotective benefits that help you think more clearly and feel better overall.
6. May help repair a leaky gut
For individuals suffering from increased intestinal permeability (better known as a leaky gut), butyrate is essential. Since butyrate is the main energy source for the cells in your gut lining, it is highly important for helping to restore weakened intestinal walls and repair the cells in your gut lining.
No matter which way you look at it, the short-chain fatty acid known as butyrate is essential for maintaining a strong gut barrier. This gut barrier helps keep out harmful toxins from leaking out into our bloodstream and helps create a positive environment for the very important healthy bacteria living in our gut.
As new advancements and technology emerge in gut health, we’re always thrilled to share the latest and greatest with you!
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