Ok, firstly, we all have Crohn's disease. So, we have an unhealthy gut. Nothing new about that bit of information. However, we can all work on these four key elements that promote healthy digestive functioning.
These four key elements are
✅ maintaining the integrity of the gut lining
✅ having a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut
✅ adequate digestive enzyme function to break down foods
✅ and eating a healthy and nutritious diet.
It may seem simple enough, but if one of these areas is out of balance, it will impact your digestion and, therefore, your overall health.
Bacteria Aren't Always the Enemy.
Our gut is home to a vast population of microbes. There is a perfect balance of good and bad bacteria specific to you as an individual. When this harmony between your microbes goes out of balance, you may start to experience symptoms.
Probiotics are a way of restoring the right amount of good bacteria and making that balance just right.
🚨 Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM) is a probiotic that helps to colonise the gut full of good bacteria and helps to reduce the harmful bacteria for a healthy digestive balance.
🚨 Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07), another probiotic strain, can be beneficial during and after antibiotics and can relieve symptoms such as flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation.
Put Up Your Best Guard
The first element of a healthy gut is the lining of the digestive tract. The lining is made up of several layers of cells and mucous; this barrier is the only internal part of your body exposed to the outside world. The lining of our gut protects your insides from being exposed to foreign particles and acid. Anyone can have barrier issues, as even stress, drinking coffee and alcohol, and poor dietary choices can damage the lining of your gastrointestinal tract. So because we have a digestive issue, it makes sense our lining is less than ideal.
The following nutrients help maintain a healthy gut lining:
🚨Glutamine is an amino acid beneficial for protecting and healing the gut. Glutamine energises the cells in your gut and helps repair your lining after trauma from infections, food intolerances and anti-inflammatory medications that affect the gut.
🚨 GutGard® liquorice is a potent anti-inflammatory, soothing the lining of the gut and speeding healing time. It has been proven to improve symptoms, including heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, and nausea.
Enzymes for Digesting
Your body creates enzymes to do a multitude of functions, including the breakdown and digestion of food. The following enzymes support digestive health: • Hydrochloric acid is a gastric enzyme in stomach acid, helping to break down food and eliminate harmful bacteria and microbes introduced to the digestive tract.
🚨 Pancreatic enzymes are produced by the pancreas and are dispensed through pancreatic juice. These enzymes are involved in the digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in the stomach.
🚨 Brush border enzymes are found in your intestines and further digest food particles.
🚨 Bile helps to break down fats and is needed for cholesterol synthesis.
Eating a Healthy Diet
The final part to this puzzle is to eat a healthy diet. This can at times prove to be the most difficult for someone who has Crohn's disease. If you would like assistance then we are here to HELP.
Remember if you have any more questions about this or any topic then please free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Facebook Page at My Crohn's Doctor.
Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor
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