- Removing offending substances from the diet. Food allergens and other materials can negatively influence the intestinal environment and cause localized irritation or trigger the release of damaging chemicals into general circulation, affecting other tissues and organs. We offer a variety of metabolic detoxification programs to aid with this phase.
- Replacing digestive enzymes and stomach acid where necessary. Digestive factors and enzymes that help break down food commonly decline with age. This inhibits digestion and nutrient utilization, as well as the elimination of waste.
- Reinoculating the bowel with pre- and probiotics.
Reintroducing health-promoting, “friendly” bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® helps maintain a desirable balance of GI microflora–critical to intestinal tissue (mucosal) health, immune function, intestinal barrier function, and digestion.*
- Regenerating the GI mucosa through proper nutritional support. GI mucosal cell regeneration is a natural process that can be supported by targeted nutrition.
For patients with gastric reflux on medications like Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid – without necessarily repairing the gut and focusing just on the matter at hand, the protocol would be Zinlori 75 and Ulcinex (symptomatic relief).
If you wanted to work on repairing the gut and taking a more comprehensive approach, you could use a few formulas from the “4 R” program Dr. Jeffrey Bland developed years ago. “Endefen” (supports gut mucosa repair) as well as “Glutagenics” (L-Glutamine, Licorice and Aloe) which would provide additional building and calming nutrients.
The “4 R”program is what I use and I do recommend the Metagenics products (number 1-4 above). Call me or email me for the specific products.
Endefen contributes to the upper GI health and the immune system. Endefen contains arabinogalactan extract which may enhance the body’s response to pneumonia exposure, according to a new pilot study that supports the immune-boosting properties of the ingredient.
The arabinogalactan extract is from Larch gum. Other ingredients include green tea, cinnamon, plantain, apple fruit powder.
Larch arabinogalactan has been found to improve immunoglobulin levels.
I especially like the flavor – I mix it with warm water and sip it down like tea. It tastes like apples & cinnamon. I mix two tablespoons in about 4 ounces of water. Try it daily for a few months and let me know what you notice. I suspect you’ll see some GI improvement and it will be interesting to see if you get as many respiratory issues.
The natural ingredient cinnamon extract can help prevent type 2 diabetes: In one particular research study, more than 20 subjects with metabolic syndrome (a key risk factor for developing diabetes) were given a cinnamon extract or placebo for 12 weeks. Those in the cinnamon group ended up with significantly lower levels of fasting blood sugar compared to placebo.
Subjects in the cinnamon group also increased lean muscle mass, while losing body fat and lowering blood pressure.
Researchers found that one gram of cinnamon extract is the amount required, taken for 40 days, to improve blood sugar, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels.
Endefen (1 1/2 scoops) by Metagenics has cinnamon, Plantain fruit, green tea extract and other ingredients that provide the benefits I mention in this post. Endefen also supports the integrity of the gastric lining, promotes healthy gut flora, and GI immune system function. Order Endefen @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com