The Partnership Between Your Gut, Detoxification and Immune Health
Welcome to the third topic in our series of the Total Body Detox.
Healthy Gut Function and Detoxification
Imbalances in the gut contribute to congestion in the liver. Intestinal dysbiosis down regulates hepatic efflux pump activity and impairs phase I and II detoxification pathways in the liver, increasing oxidative stress. Simply put, if your gut is out of balance, you will not detoxify toxins efficiently due to its relationship with the liver.
Supporting your GI tract with a probiotic lysate such as CytoFlora® is a fast and efficient way to decrease harmful organisms while strengthening your gut lining. CytoFlora® is a dietary supplement in which the cell wall of beneficial probiotics have been decimated. This decimation process releases vital substances and nutrients from the cell wall and cytoplasm directly into the lysate solution.
CytoFlora® balances intestinal dysbiosis by pushing unhealthy gut flora out of the gastrointestinal tract and colon, creating an environment for healthy intestinal flora to colonize and thrive. It helps reestablish healthy cross-talk between the gut and brain, most individuals notice improvements within 48 hours.
CytoFlora® Health Benefits
- Improves healthy bowel, gut and immune function*
- Increases communication and speech*
- Amplifies sociability, cognitive awareness and moods*
Your Immune System and the Gut
Are you prone to winter sniffles and immune imbalances? Did you know your gut is the first line of defense? Approximately 1.3 billion people worldwide experience gastrointestinal (GI) issues that affect how we digest food, absorb nutrients, our moods and immune function. In a healthy gut, the beneficial flora can number up to 100 billion per milliliter. However, in the typical American intestinal tract, that count may be as low as 4 or 5 billion per milliliter. When there is a significant decrease in friendly gut flora and a high level of unfriendly organisms, it can trigger the onset of health imbalances and suppress the immune system.
A Delicate Balance
Typically, a healthy person will have a greater amount of good microorganisms to combat any unhealthy organisms in the lower digestive tract. Symptoms occur when there is an overgrowth of harmful organisms compared to beneficial flora.
Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Imbalance
- Loose or hard stools
- White tongue
- Tiredness High histamine response
- Food sensitivities
- Bloating, belching, or excessive flatulence
- Weak or cracked fingernails
- Skin irritations
Life in the GI Tract
There are more than a hundred million nerve cells in the human small intestine. The gut is a vast warehouse of natural chemicals representing every class of neurotransmitter found in the brain. That’s right! You have a “brain” in your gastrointestinal tract in addition to the one you have in your head. Yet with the standard modern diet and lifestyle, our habits keep the ‘second brain’ numb to how much food we eat and this limits the nutrients that our body can assimilate from food. A conglomerate of microorganisms called a “biofilm” adhere to one another on the surface of the gut and cover the receptor sites, blocking communication with the brain. When these microbes are not moving down and out of the body, everything from mood to digestion to bowel elimination is affected.
Scientific Research on CytoFlora®
In a 35-day study with ten children, Immunobilan testing by Red Laboratories measured immunoglobulins A (IgA) and M (IgM), two antibodies that a play critical role in healthy immune response. Baseline results showed significantly elevated IgA and IgM levels, signifying an immune response to unhealthy gut flora. Recent advances in our capability to identify microbes and their function offer exciting opportunities to evaluate the complex cross talk between microbiota, intestinal barrier, immune system and the gut-brain axis.
At completion of the study, immunobilan results revealed a 55% overall decrease in IgA levels indicating improved GI balance and a 27% decrease in IgM levels which represents leaky gut. After 21 days on CytoFlora®, ATEC scores, which measures Communication, Sociability, Cognitive Awareness, and Health/Physical/Behavior, indicated a 30% overall improvement.
Behavioral and Cognitive Improvements
- More socially engaged
- Deeper level of functional communication: verbal and nonverbal
- Improved concentration and behavior
- Improved comprehension
- Mature behaviors
- Emotional stability; happy mood
Gut Supporting Bone Broth Recipe
Bone broth is made with simple ingredients that are rich in minerals, gelatin, and collagen. The extended cooking time ensures the extraction of the beneficial nutrients that support gut and immune system health.
- 3-4 pounds beef marrow and knuckle bones
- 2 pounds meaty bones such as short ribs
- 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 4 quarts filtered water
- 3 celery stalks, halved
- 3 carrots, halved
- 3 onions, quartered
- Handful of fresh parsley
- Sea salt
- 2 - 4 droppers of CytoFlora®
- Place bones in a pot or a crockpot, add apple cider vinegar and water, and let the mixture sit for 1 hour so the vinegar can leach the mineral out of the bones.
- Add more water if needed to cover the bones.
- Add the vegetables bring to a boil and skim the scum from the top and discard.
- Reduce to a low simmer, cover, and cook for 24-72 hours
- During the last 10 minutes of cooking, throw in a handful of fresh parsley for added flavor and minerals.
- Let the broth cool and strain it, making sure all marrow is knocked out of the marrow bones and into the broth.
- Add sea salt to taste and 2-4 droppers of CytoFlora®. Drink the broth as is, or store in fridge up to 5 to 7 days or freezer up to 6 months for use in soups or stews.
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