The lining of the gut must have proper permeability and integrity so that it can absorb nutrients while preventing toxins, allergens and microbes from gaining access to the bloodstream. One of my favourite products for improving gut integrity is @designsforhealth GI Revive. It provides a unique blend of the optimal nutrients to support gastrointestinal mucosal repair and help fight inflammation along with ingredients to promote intestinal regularity.
It contains L-glutamine, which is an amino acid used in the body to rebuild tissues, particularly high turnover tissue such as the epithelial cells of the intestinal lining. Supplemental L-glutamine has been shown to have immunomodulatory, anticatabol- ic/anabolic and gastrointestinal mucosal-supportive actions. It also acts as a precursor for glutathione synthesis. Under stress, the body relies on glutamine to help meet its extra energy needs. Supplemental L-glutamine is used in medical foods for such stress situations as trauma, infections and burns. Glutamine deficiency can cause severe intestinal degradation and supplementation can support intesti- nal mucosal health. It is essential in maintaining proper intestinal permeability and avoiding “leaky gut syndrome.” Leaky gut syndrome can result in increased toxic and allergy exposure, systemic inflammation, and autoimmune disease.
Other star ingredients for gut health include:
-Zinc carnosine - helps protect the intestinal lining against damage
-MSM and Quercetin - anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce the persistent inflammation which is often the reason why the intestinal lining becomes damaged and “leaky.”
-N-Acetyl Glucosamine aids in the production of health supportive structures for the cells of the intestinal lining.
-DGL, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow, Chamomile, Okra, and Cat’s Claw - herbs that can provide comprehensive support of intestinal function by coating and soothing the intestinal lining, supporting the renewal of inflamed tissue, and reducing cramping by relaxing the intestines.