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Gut Instinct – Decoding Gut-Healing Nutrients

A common scenario I see all too often is people experiencing “gut issues” that are exacerbated after eating certain foods. Typically, it starts with one food and then gradually more and more foods are causing symptoms.

If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms of bloating, reflux, flatulence, food sensitivities and discomfort, then one of the first things we look to do is nourish and soothe an inflamed and irritated gut lining.
The condition of the gut wall is important for good health, and can help the gastrointestinal tract to maintain good digestion and to act as a barrier to defend against microbial invasion.

There is so much information now about the gut healing properties of glutamine, turmeric (curcumin), gelatin, slippery elm, aloe vera and zinc. But how do we know what’s best for us?

Most good gut healing powders will have a combination of these nutrients. So here’s what each nutrient is known for

Glutamine: An essential nutrient for the structure and maintenance of our gut lining. Works by repairing ‘leaky gut’ or small gaps in our intestinal lining that cause upsets and nutrient loss, particularly in our immune response.

Gelatin: Assists to increase gastric acid secretion and digestive strength. Works by repairing mucosal lining by absorbing water and maintain fluid in the digestive tract; hence beneficial for diarrhoea. It also contains 18 essential amino acids.

Turmeric: One of the strongest anti-inflammatory herbs in natural medicine; and that also means for the gut too! Systemic inflammation often affects our digestive system. Curcumin also assists to regulate microbial diversity in the gut.

Aloe vera: Think of sunburn but in our digestive tract. Aloe works similarly to Turmeric with its anti-inflammatory properties towards intestinal lining. It helps soothe and calm down the affected area, whilst also being antimicrobial.

Zinc: Low zinc levels have been associated with impacting intestinal barrier function. Zinc also works collaboratively with other digestive enzymes to break down and absorb food and in turn impacts good digestion.

Mastic gum: This ancient herbal remedy has been shown to reduce dyspeptic symptoms of abdominal pain, attributing to it’s wonderful intestinal healing action.

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If you think your gut health is compromised and you have ongoing symptoms of bloating, dyspepsia, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, foods sensitivities and allergies, your gut health needs help. Mammoth Health’s Professional Naturopaths specialise in gut health and are available for consultation at our In-store Clinics. Consultations are available daily. Book your Consultation Now

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