Optimal digestive function helps set the foundation for a healthy, balanced immune system all year round, but particularly during the winter months. Supplementation with probiotic organisms is a well-understood method of introducing and maintaining growth of desired bacterial strains. Similarly, the balance of microflora that live in our intestinal tract can be directly affected by our dietary choices. The types of foods and nutrients we consume will determine who lives and thrives in our colon and small intestine and how healthy our immune system is.
Soluble fibers, either from dietary or supplemental intake, can impact the microflora as well as the overall environment of the intestinal tract. The intestinal microflora will ferment these soluble fibers and produce short chain fatty acids (SCFA’s). SCFA’s are used as an energy source by colon cells and will generate an acidic environment in the colon. An acidic environment allows healthy organisms, like Lactobacillus, to thrive. Soluble fibers will increase the volume and bulk of stool, which, in turn aids in more effective elimination and cleansing of the colon walls.
L-glutamine is an amino acid that naturally occurs in several vegetables. The most abundant food based source of L-glutamine is found in cabbage. Just as SCFA’s provide a fuel source for colon cells, L-glutamine provides a similar type of energy for cells both the small and large intestine. Energy requirements in the small intestine far exceed those in the colon due to its primary digestive and absorptive actions. L-glutamine is, therefore, an extremely important tool for the repair, and optimal function of the small intestine.
GI Fortify by Pure Encapsulations is a powder based nutritional supplement that contains several sources of food based soluble fiber together with L-glutamine and several soothing and protective herbal ingredients. Consider GI Fortify as a comprehensive support for gastrointestinal health from top to bottom.
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