Did you know that our everyday modern lifestyles have been wreaking havoc on our gut microbiota and gut walls for years?
As our gut health continues to decline on a large scale, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more widespread gut-related issues affecting people in some pretty major ways.
Some of these lifestyle factors include eating more and more processed and sugary foods, increased stress, busier schedules, less sleep and physical activity, and consumption of more prescription medications than ever before (particularly antibiotics).
If you struggle with one or more gut-related issues, you’re most certainly not alone!
The unfortunate truth is that the majority of people have already battled at least one or more gut-related issues, even if they weren’t aware that the problem was stemming from their gut.
But for so many of us, gut issues are an everyday battle that leaves us uncomfortable, frustrated, and desperate for answers.
Especially with the addition of the current crisis, we are facing higher stress and anxiety levels than ever before, and our gut is most definitely paying the price as we do our best to cope with these unprecedented times.
Poor diet, unmanaged stress, and other unhealthy lifestyle habits like consuming large amounts of alcohol and junk food can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria in our gut, as well as potentially damaging the strength of our gut barrier.
Why is your gut lining important?
Our gut is lined with a mix of protective cells and mucus, known as the “gut barrier” or “intestinal lining,” that work together to act as the primary gatekeeper to the rest of your body.
This incredible protective intestinal lining within our bellies covers more than 4,000 square feet of surface area.
When your gut lining becomes damaged, it can cause what is known as “leaky gut” syndrome. It is also commonly referred to as “increased intestinal permeability” or “gut hyperpermeability.”
This issue arises as tightly bound junctions within your intestinal wall begin to become loose, allowing for uninspected foreign invaders to pass through your gut walls and into your bloodstream.
When your gut barrier is no longer able to effectively keep out harmful substances, these toxins can then begin ‘leaking’ out into the rest of your body.
And this is where a long list of health concerns can arise, setting you on a path towards chronic illness and inflammation.
Your gut lining is your final line of defense between your vital organs and harmful influences from the outside environment.
The term “leaky gut” is actually still somewhat new amongst the medical community, and there is more research to be done as doctors and researchers continue to unravel the complexities of gut health and what's referred to as "leaky gut" syndrome.
One thing that’s for certain is that the gut and gut lining are both more important than was once historically believed. A "leaky gut" is far more common than you might think, and it goes far beyond just digestive concerns.
Could you be struggling with a "leaky gut" and not even know it?
HERE ARE SOME POTENTIAL
SIGNS OF A "LEAKY GUT"
Our food choices, along with infections, toxins, and stress, are usually the top three factors to look at when it comes to addressing the problems causing a "leaky gut".
How can I support my gut health?
Adopting a healthier lifestyle and adding a few key supplements to your daily routine has been shown to do wonders for supporting better gut health and potentially decreasing the negative symptoms associated with "leaky gut".
The supplements below may help target and decrease issues in the gut and intestinal walls and can help restore strength and balance to a poorly functioning gut.
Even better, many of these supplements are multifunctional, which means they may help address other possible issues occurring within your gut simultaneously.
Here are 10 supplements that may help deliver essential nutrients to your gut and give it an extra boost.
Top 10 Supplements For
The Ultimate Gut Boost
1. Pre & Probiotics
At least 70% of your immune system’s cells and at least 90% of your body’s serotonin (the “happy chemical”) is produced in the digestive tract. In other words, maintaining a healthy balance of "good" bacteria in your gut microbiota is absolutely essential to good health, and may possibly help to support the symptoms associated with a "leaky gut".
Prebiotics are the fuel that feed probiotics, which are healthy microbes that promote the growth and balance of more “good” bacteria within your gut. Probiotics have been shown to assist in the protection and reinstitution of a healthy gut barrier in clinical studies.
We've included 3 billion CFU’s of premium patented B. longum BB536® probiotics in our brand new Primal Gut Restore to help provide multifunctional benefits to both your microbiome and gut lining.
Many researchers are now beginning to discover that many of the gut-boosting benefits we attribute to probiotics are largely due to a substance known as postbiotics. A fairly new term in the '-biotic' world, postbiotics are the 'waste' that's produced when prebiotics feed on probiotics.
The final and most crucial step, our Primal Gut Restore features revolutionary patented CoreBiome® Tributyrin, the single most important and groundbreaking postbiotic on the market.
CoreBiome® is a patented form of a short chain fatty acid known as ‘butyrate’. If you haven’t heard of butyrate before, it’s important to know that it's considered the most important energy source for the cells in your gut lining, and is also naturally produced by healthy bacteria in your gut.
Whereas most forms of butyrate are quickly used up by the stomach or small intestine, CoreBiome® is specially designed to get directly to your colon, where it’s most crucial for immune and overall health support. It can also be an incredibly powerful tool for supporting normal gut health.
CoreBiome® is the first of its kind to be clinically proven to stimulate butyrate-producing bacteria, as well as boost butyrate production in the colon.
3. Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes are a great option for helping to support overall digestive health. Responsible for making sure that your body fully breaks down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates during digestion, these enzymes prevent your gut lining from confusing undigested food particles are 'foreign invaders' and sparking digestive issues.
These enzymes come in many different forms and have been shown to reduce symptoms of a "leaky gut", as well as prevent "wear and tear" of your gut lining.
The highly popular superfood known as turmeric is a well-known antioxidant and wellness all-rounder in the holistic health world. The main compound in turmeric, known as curcumin, has been studied for its ability to support healthy inflammatory responses in the body as well as overall wellness.
When it comes to gut health, some studies have shown that a high quality turmeric extract (like our Turmeric Complex) may help strengthen the gut barrier by contracting the loosened proteins in this lining. These studies claim that squeezing the cells closer together may help to restore a healthy, functional gut lining and possibly reduce gut permeability.
5. Collagen Peptides
Collagen is believed to be beneficial to your gut lining for a variety of different reasons. Acting as the 'glue' that holds us together, collagen is your body's primary protein and, made up of amino acids, is the fundamental building block for your entire skeleton.
Adding a collagen peptide powder or collagen bone broth to your daily routine can help reintroduce some of this vital collagen which can help to support a healthier gut.
6. Vitamin D
This important vitamin is essential for healthy immune system function and may also help decrease intestinal permeability associated with a "leaky gut" and other digestive concerns. Studies have shown that getting plenty of vitamin D (from natural sunlight or food sources) may help against gut issues such as constipation, cramping, bloating, and diarrhea.
This amino acid is naturally produced by your gut and is the most common amino in your body. Its main functions in the body are to help support the intestinal lining, gut discomfort, and decrease intestinal "permeability" associated with a leaky gut. Many studies have also shown that L-Glutamine may help a variety of digestive issues.
It is thought to help support a "leaky gut" by enabling vital enterocytes (gut cells) to repair themselves more quickly. However, more studies are required to fully determine the benefits of this supplement.
Some studies have suggested that the essential mineral zinc may also help gut health by easing symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea, and helping restore the gut mucosal lining to a healthy state.
9. Fish Oil
Few nutritional elements have been studied as thoroughly as the essential omega-3 fatty acids in supplements such as our Primal Omega-3 fish oil. The DHA & EPA found in omega-3's has been thoroughly researched for their many health benefits. Their potential benefits include helping to promote normal eye, brain, skin, and joint health, as well as helping support healthy inflammatory responses.
Because of their many benefits, omega-3 fatty acids may also help support a healthy gut. Eating an omega-rich diet or supplementing with quality fish oil supplements is the best way to experience the many gut-boosting benefits of these vital fatty acids.
10. Slippery Elm
Studies have shown that some natural remedies, like this calming, soothing herb, can help ease symptoms associated with a "leaky gut". According to studies, slippery elm, along with others like marshmallow root, may potentially provide a therapeutic and multifunctional effect that may help calm the intestinal lining. However, more research is needed on this supplement.
Getting to the root cause of the issues your gut may be facing is the first major step towards restoring balance to so many areas of your health.
One the best things you can do for your overall health is to support your gut health so that you can feel your best.
Not sure where to begin? Not to worry! If all of these supplement options seem overwhelming or time-consuming, we recommend sticking to the top three most important supplements to begin: Probiotics, Postbiotics, and Digestive Enzymes.
If you then require some additional gut support later on, or it’s recommended by a healthcare professional, you can add additional options or experiment with other supplements.
And most importantly, don’t forget that supplements alone won’t do you much good if you’re consistently leading an unhealthy lifestyle.
Combining your supplements with healthy holistic lifestyle choices, like drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced anti-inflammatory diet, proper stress reduction, and getting plenty of rest, will ensure you get the most out of your supplements.
In other words, these changes can actually help your body produce more effective results. Please also don't forget that it's always best to consult your physician before beginning a new supplement routine, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions.
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