Beyond A Gut Feeling – A Glimpse into Your Gut Health and Immunity
Written by Isabella Maimone, Accredited Practicing Dietitian – August 2020
Gut health is becoming more of a hot topic lately, as more research continues to reveal strong links between our ‘gut microbiome’ and its effect on our overall health and wellbeing. Our gastrointestinal tract is made up of trillions of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa), known as the ‘gut microbiome’.
Our microbiota or ‘gut bugs’ play a crucial role in the management of our immune system, metabolic pathways and neurobehavioral traits. Some of these roles include; digesting and utilising nutrients, regulating hormones and excreting toxins. However, there are multiple factors which can disrupt and cause an imbalance of our microbiota which reduces the diversity and density, called dysbiosis. These factors include:
- Lack of sleep
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Poor quality diet
With these factors in mind, it is gastrointestinal dysbiosis which has been shown to influence certain diseases, conditions and processes such as:
- Autoimmune disorders
- Skin conditions (eg: eczema)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhoea)
- Immune system
- Weight and metabolism
With such a time to be prioritising one’s health, supporting our immune system has never been paramount. So how can Boomer’s do their part in helping you this season to keep your gut bugs happy and immunity strong!?
Protein, protein, protein! This has been slightly underrated in the area of a ‘superfood.’ When we eat protein, our bodies break this down into amino acids, which then travel to the large intestine. It is here, that some of our gut bacteria ferment this to create metabolites which a responsible for affecting our metabolism, immune system and nervous system.
In particular, studies have shown, that the unique composition of whey protein breaks down into 2 specific amino acids (Cysteine and Methionine) which assists in antioxidant production, making them important to fight against toxins and infections.
Bovine Colostrum, liquid gold as some would say. This is the first form of breast fluid before breast milk is produced and is considered more nutritious than regular milk. It is the first form of immunity for new-borns due to its rich nutrient profile. It is made up of many vitamins (A, B, C, E) and minerals as well as certain proteins and antibodies which may be able to fight disease, boost immunity and treat infections and offer more related benefits in humans.5
One way in which colostrum helps to support our immunity is through a compound called Lactoferrin. This is used as an antioxidant and prevents the growth of bacteria by depriving them of essential nutrients or by killing bacteria, and in turn, supporting our immune system.6 The great thing is, you only require 10-15g of Boomers Colostrum powder to receive all of its nutritional benefits.
So for those of you who may have had weight loss surgery, or have increased nutrition requirements, you may find it difficult to eat a variety of foods, Boomer’s Whey Protein and Colostrum Powders may be able to help you today!
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- Valdes, A et al. (2018). Role of the gut microbiota in nutrition and health. The British Medical Journal. Retrieved from https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k2179
- Wen, L et al. (2017). Factors Influencing the Gut Microbiota, Inflammation and Type 2 Diabetes. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5483960/
- Protein consumption, the gut microbiota and health. (2020). European Society for Neurogastroenterology and Motility. Retrieved from. https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/protein-consumption-the-gut-microbiota-and-health/
- Martinez, Y et al. (2017). The role of methionine on metabolism, oxidative stress and diseases. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319904765_The_role_of_methionine_on_metabolism_oxidative_stress_and_diseases
- Healthline. (2020). What is Colostrum? Nutrition, Benefits and Downsides. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/bovine-colostrum#benefits
- Lactoferrin. Webmed. (2020). Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-49/lactoferrin