Glutamine For Gut Health

Glutamine For Gut Health

Bev Dunne

It seems many people are suffering from gut and bowel problems at the moment. Maybe it’s because of our overindulgences of comfort food since COVID hit. With all this bread making and baking happening I’m sure there’s been a much greater consumption of wheat which can be an issue for many. Maybe it’s because of the increased consumption of alcohol, together with many eating more high sugar, high fat foods.

However, in general a huge percentage of people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, flatulence, bloating, reflux and indigestion. Many believe there’s nothing they can do to relieve this problem and just suffer in silence. Generally, this is not the case and as you read further you will realise how important it is to address poor digestion and gut health.

There are supplements which can help heal the gut and bowel thereby relieving these terrible symptoms. Over the years I have seen many gut health products come onto the market however a new formula which has recently been released ticks many of the boxes when it comes to healing the gut. This is because the formula is not only innovative but contains some excellent gut healing ingredients.

Firstly, it contains some of the well-known gut healing products such as slippery elm. Slippery elm is a healer and anti-inflammatory to the gut and bowel, as is another ingredient, aloe vera leaf. These two ingredients are traditionally used to help promote healthy intestinal function and digestion. Globe artichoke is also included. Globe artichoke assists with liver support which also assists with good digestion.

One of the key and most important ingredients however, is the amino acid, glutamine. This amino acid has been shown to assist in the production and repair of intestinal cells. Therefore, it is extremely important for maintaining a healthy intestinal lining as well as preventing Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when partially digested food, toxins and bacteria pass through the small intestine and enter the bloodstream. Putting it simply, large spaces occur in between the cells that make up the wall of the gut, allowing the bacteria, toxins and food to enter into the bloodstream.

Digestion is therefore impaired because the damaged gut wall is unable to manufacture the enzymes which are vital to digestion. Unfortunately, when these toxins enter the blood stream, our body reacts with such unpleasant symptoms including allergies and inflammatory bowel conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Arthritis, chronic fatigue, lupus, fibromyalgia and diabetes have also sometimes been linked to Leaky Gut Syndrome. It is logical that many suffering from poor digestion also suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome – hence the need to address this problem.

This gut healing formula also contains Chamomile which is traditionally used in herbal medicine to improve digestive weakness. We know turmeric can be helpful for treating inflammation which is why it may be helpful for treating inflamed tissues in the gut. Marshmallow root which is also included in this formula similarly has anti-inflammatory qualities.

Zinc has been found to be an important mineral for maintaining healthy gut bacteria. I’m pleased to see Inulin has been included. I have written previously about the prebiotic Inulin being helpful in feeding our gut flora and therefore being extremely beneficial in gut health.

I have also stressed frequently the importance of taking a probiotic supplement. For someone suffering from food allergies or intolerances it is worthwhile ensuring the probiotic contains the strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus which works particularly well in supporting the body’s natural intestinal flora and gut health.

So don’t suffer in silence – your gut health is so important and there are many steps you can take restore good health and wellbeing.

If you would like more information on this problem call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev on Go Get Healthy on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm