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The gut plays a role in over 80% of the immune system and has a direct connection with the brain through the vagus nerve. Poor bacterial balance, dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome is associated with every digestive tract disorder as well as auto-immune conditions and psychological and behavioral issues.
The health of the body and mind are especially dependent upon the health of the human microbiome. The ideal ratio of progenic to pathogenic microbes is thought to be 85:15. Most Americans today have this ratio flipped in favor of the antagonistic microbial communities. This is called dysbiosis or bad bacterial balance.
Dysbiotic conditions are due to the influence of environmental toxins that wipe out progenic species and create an environment conducive to parasitic growth. Dysbiotic states can lead to irritation and damage to the gut lining that is called leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome allows microorganisms, endotoxins and food particles to cross into the bloodstream and inflame the body.
Introducing Gut Repair:
Gut Repair features four specialized ingredients for enhanced gastrointestinal support. This unique formula contains concentrated extract of licorice that has been processed to remove glycyrrhizin—thus reducing risk of side effects associated with licorice. Glutamine serves as the predominant fuel and nitrogen source for the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (1).
Arabinogalactan from the North American larch tree is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that provides excellent support for GI health. Research suggests that arabinogalactan plays a role in the promotion of gut microflora and may increase beneficial short-chain fatty acid production (2). The Aloe vera leaf extract in GlutAloeMine has been processed to remove the bitter principles and prevent a laxative effect.*
There are specific nutrients that help soothe the irritated intestinal membrane and improve the enterocytes. This combines 4 key compounds: L-Glutamine, Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Extract, Arabinoglactan and Aloe Vera Extract.
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is fundamental to the well-being of the digestive and immune systems. It is one of the primary fuels for a healthy gut membrane and helps to regrow and repair the intestinal lining (1,3). Glutamine also helps water absorption in the gut, aiding in hydrating the whole body - certainly a necessary component for good health.
Supplementing with L-glutamine strengthens the junctions in the gut and is key for healing and sealing a leaky gut. It also helps to selectively favor the right microorganism balance to produce a healthy gut flora (4).
Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Extract: (DGL)
Licorice is a powerful herb that has been used for thousands of years in various cultures to help with indigestion and ulcers. Licorice helps to stimulate the release of secretin which enhances the stomach’s mucus lining. This gives it its characteristic demulcent (agent that soothes and relieves irritation in mucosal membranes) properties (5). This is why licorice is revered for its use with stomach ulcers, because it helps protect and heal the gastric lining.
It is also a powerful defense against the H Pylori bacteria that is implicated with stomach ulcers and a number of other digestive health issues (6).DGL is made from licorice but the glycyrrhizin ingredient is removed. This is important because glycyrrhizin inhibits the metabolism of cortisol and thus it can cause an elevation in blood pressure. DGL supports the body’s natural healing process in the stomach and small intestine.
This is a polysaccharide derived from the Larch tree that contributes fermentable fiber to this formula in addition to having immuno-stimulatory properties. It minimizes ammonia synthesis and absorption, enhances production of short chain fatty acids and increases the gut microflora population.*
Aloe Vera Extract:
This powerful leaf contains polysaccharides that help to balance and modulate the immune system. This reduces inflammation throughout the body and in the gut. Aloe is also an adaptogen in that it helps the body to adapt more effectively to stress. This impact the gut by helping to stimulate bowel movements in times of constipation and helping to form solid bowel movements during times of diarrhea (7).
Aloe has a very positive effect on the microbial balance in our intestines. It is one of the best things to use on a regular basis to promote healthy gut flora. Also is a vermifuge in that it has compounds that help the body to remove intestinal worms and other parasites (8).
Low Glycemic, Hypo-Allergenic Sweetener:
One of the best sweeteners on the market is stevia which is one hundred times sweeter than sugar and has no effect on blood sugar. This is an all-natural, hypo-allergenic sweetener.