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THE “V FACTOR” – YOUR PATHWAY TO A HEALTHY GUT

Beauty Relating to Wellness By Elroy Vojdani, MD on Monday, February 12, 2018
THE “V FACTOR” – YOUR PATHWAY TO A HEALTHY GUT

Let’s say that you’ve suffered from years of intestinal inflammation or leaky gut without knowing it.  You’ve decided to make serious changes in your life and did the work to educate yourself about what you are putting into your body.  You may have even sought professional help along the way from a Functional Medicine practitioner and after eliminating all the toxic material you were exposed to in the past you’re starting to feel much better.  Now what?  What more can be done? It turns out that there is a lot that you can do to maximize your gut health! This all revolves around the concept of repairing the intestinal barrier.

 

The graphic below is a comprehensive visual look at what can lead to the breakdown of the intestinal barrier and what contributes to its repair and are together termed the “V factor”.

 

The V Factor
Figure 1. The V Factor – Repairing the Barrier from A to Zinc

 

Removing all the factors that contribute to the breach of the barrier is certainly the first and most important step to restoring gut health.  Our next step, repairing the barrier, is a comprehensive list of supplements and vitamins that will elevate one back up to a fully repaired intestinal barrier and restored gut health.  Going through each step in the “Repair the barrier” portion of the V factor would be enough content for the entire chapter in a textbook on immune health (coming soon!).

 

Looking at the broader picture we see that vitamins play an essential part in repair. Specifically, this includes Vitamins A, C, D, and E and the mineral Zinc.  This should come as no surprise as we’ve heard for years that Vitamins and minerals are good for the immune system, and the intestinal immune system is no exception. The mechanism involves aiding the proliferation and maturation of immune cells priming them for their job – staging a balanced attack on foreign invaders.

 

Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, watercress, etc.) make an important appearance as well as one of their metabolites, indole-3-carbinol, is capable of regulating gene expression and maintaining homeostasis of the immune system. Eating leafy greens remains so important to our health!

 

Probiotics, or friendly bacteria, are essential as they provide direct competition against harmful bacteria and also stimulate the immune response to target harmful bacteria.  Fiber or complex carbohydrates such as flax, hemp, psyllium, and pectin are the fuel that the friendly bacteria need to produce short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which signal a strong anti-inflammatory immune pathway.  Oil of oregano is a powerful antimicrobial agent that can help destroy harmful bacteria in the gut.  All of these together combine to create the ideal environment for eubiosys, or a healthy balance of gut bacteria.

 

Studies have shown that the gelatin in bone broth and that the amino acid glutamine both help to restore the strength of the gut lining and serve as food for the healthy gut bacteria. DHA/EPA (omega-3 fatty acids) contributes greatly to reducing the overall inflammation of the gut.  N-acetylcysteine eventually gets converted to glutathione in the body which is another powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

 

Our repairing the barrier pathway is a comprehensive and scientifically backed pathway to IDEAL gut health. For those that have been suffering from leaky gut it represents a return to the enjoyment that a healthy and balanced body can bring.  The gut is the center of your body – nourish it and your whole life will follow along!

 

Editor’s Pick: For a Healthier Gut try Bone Broth!  We recommend BRU BROTH; “the gelatin found in bone broth helps rebuild, soothe, and heal angry intestines.  The more you are able to improve and regulate digestion, the more readily your body can reap the benefits of all the healthy foods you are eating and drinking and thus, the more energy it can provide for you.”

 

 

 

 

Author: Elroy Vojdani, MD

Elroy Vojdani MD, is the Physician founder at Regenera Wellness

Article & photos originally featured on regenerawellness.com

 

 

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Elroy Vojdani, MD
Dr. Elroy Vojdani is the founder of Regenera Medical, a boutique Functional Medicine practice in Los Angeles, California. Dr. V believes that Functional Medicine is, without a doubt, the future of medicine – and he is passionate about sharing his teachings and practices of this life-changing medicine with his patients.

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