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We are learning more and more every day about the associations between gut health and digestion, gut health and mood, and gut health and other bodily functions.
Did you know that gut health can impact just about every system in the body?
We are more bacteria than we are human – if you consider the total bacteria in your gut compared to the number of cells in your body, the gut wins!
The more diversity of bacteria you have in your body, the greater range of healthy by-products you may produce, bugs you ward off and stresses you sustain. However, if your gut is not working optimally, you may feel the impacts in other parts of your body – like your joints – too.
Spore-based probiotics + digestion
There has been a lot of research over the last few years with regard to the role of Bacillus spores in digestive health. We now know that specific Bacillus strains support digestibility, the gut microbiota and the immune system, and growth.
Bacillus coagulans is one strain in particular that has been shown to have some really fascinating digestion-supporting benefits. Spore-forming bacteria like B.coagulans support short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production in the body. Short-chain fatty acids are produced by beneficial bacteria in your microbiome, and they are essential for your brain, body and gut health.
SCFAs help fuel the activities of beneficial bacteria, and these organic compounds have many important roles in the gastrointestinal tract and your health and well-being.
SCFAs are amongst some of the most important postbiotics currently known. Postbiotics are the metabolic by-products of healthy flora that offer support to the gut and the entire body; these compounds can be prebiotic, immune-supportive, and hormonally active.
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Blame your gut
Did you know that there is a connection between your joints and your gut health?
If you are experiencing stiff or uncomfortable joints, intestinal permeability may be to blame. Often, these ills are attributed to the unfortunate effects of ageing, and some might just chalk it up to arthritis or “old age.” However, what if this discomfort was actually caused by an imbalance from another part of our body?
When our gut barrier has issues with intestinal permeability, the gut may begin to allow toxins, pathogens, and poorly digested proteins into the bloodstream. Chronic digestive discord, mental fog, body aches, joint discomfort, skin rashes and poor blood sugar regulation are all signs that your body is trying to detoxify toxins.
In individuals with a genetic predisposition, a compromised gut may trigger the development of certain health issues. Pathogenic bacteria that can lead to a compromised gut barrier and induce various symptoms may be supported by the use of Bacillus subtilis, HU58 which produces over 12 effective natural microbial fighters!
Bacillus spores not only support improvements in gut and microbiome health, but they can also support those who experience joint issues, too. Bacillus indicus, HU36, Bacillus subtilis HU58 and Bacillus coagulans have incredible joint supporting benefits.
Bacillus indicus, HU36 produces antioxidants that support joint health such as astaxanthin and quinols which provide the basis for antioxidant action. It also produces B vitamins and K2, which are nutrients that can support the decrease of cytokine activity in the joints.
These cells can contribute to joint stiffness and discomfort.
Bacillus subtilis HU58 produces nutrients such as nattokinase and vitamin K2 during the fermentation process. Nattokinase is one of the most considerable extracellular enzymes produced by B.subtilis. The main interest in this enzyme is due to its fibrinolytic activity and its stability in the gastrointestinal tract, making spores like B.subtilis that can create it, supportive dietary supplements.
In addition, Bacillus coagulans have immune system-supporting effects in animals and humans and research shows that this bacillus strain supports the downregulation of immune responses and the progression of joint-related issues.
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Strengthening gut microbiome
Spore probiotics can offer tremendous support for gut and microbiome health.
Well-researched Bacillus spores not only provide support with regards to supporting digestion and the microbiome but also offer benefits that extend to our musculoskeletal system as well.
Spore-based probiotics like Gutsi SporeBiotic are shown to re-establish a balanced and diverse microbiome. We love this probiotic because it survives the acidic environment of the stomach and has 100x better survival than leading probiotic products on the market.
If you have a gut or joint challenges or haven’t responded to other probiotic formulas, take control of your health and feel the Gutsi difference.
Jessica Sanders is a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She lives on the Kapiti Coast.