When bowel health deteriorates, this can lead to a number of undesirable symptoms, including indigestion, bloating, bloating, persistent weight loss, skin problems, poor immunity, inconsistent bowel structures, mental fog, and poor mood. While many tend to rationalize these symptoms as a new norm, in fact it is far from what it should be.
Recognizing that we educate many people who show and experience these signs and symptoms of impaired bowel health, Life Time has created a program and supplement system designed to support your efforts to restore your digestive health.
This program and add-on system known as GUT.FIX Kit, includes our top 3 recommended supplements to restore digestive integrity. Although each supplement in the kit is different and important for the healing process of the intestine, we will highlight the special role of glutamine and why it is so important, how much you should take and why your need for it can increase.
What is it and why is it important
Glutamine is a "conditionally essential" amino acid. Amino acids are generally considered indispensable or indispensable. Essential amino acids must be consumed through diet, because the body cannot produce them on its own, while the body can create essential amino acids. Glutamine, however, as a conditionally essential amino acid means that it becomes "indispensable" when the body is in a state where it cannot create enough on its own. Although we will dwell in more detail in the following sections, physical stress is one of the most common ways in which the body is in a position where it cannot satisfy its glutamine needs.
One of the most studied uses of glutamine is its effect on the immune system. In fact, our intestines provide over 70% of the immune system. Since most of the protective functions of the body are in the digestive tract, it is here that most pathogens enter the body, if they are going to enter.
When the health of the digestive tract, especially the intestines, is impaired, it becomes easier for these pathogens to enter the bloodstream. In addition to leading to a potential disease, increased intestinal permeability can also allow large particles of food to enter the bloodstream, which can cause allergies or food sensitivities. To combat these problems, glutamine has been shown to help restore the intestinal mucosa, which helps strengthen immune function and can help reduce the occurrence of food allergies or sensitivity (1).
Glutamine is also a major source of energy for white blood cells, which include macrophages and neutrophils, which are critical to the immune process. As you can imagine, the more infections these cells fight off at the same time, the more glutamine they will need. If the diet does not have enough nutrition, the body destroys its own muscle tissue to provide glutamine needs.
The average American diet delivers 3.5-7.0 g of glutamine per day. When looking for foods that are good sources of glutamine, great options are beef, pork, poultry, milk, yogurt, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, raw spinach, raw parsley and cabbage. Keep in mind that animal sources contain large amounts due to their higher protein content. Whey protein is also an excellent additional source.
For people with a sedentary lifestyle, the average daily amount consumed is enough to meet the needs of the body. For exercise without significant health complications, 2-5 g per day of additional supplemental glutamine is often recommended.
Why are the needs increasing?
In healthy, relaxed, stress-free situations, the body can produce enough glutamine to meet its daily needs. However, when additional stress is added to the body, its need for glutamine may not be met by the body’s production, and it is becoming increasingly important to get glutamine through diet or supplementation.
It is also well known that some serious catabolic health conditions (for example, severe burns, certain types of cancer, AIDS) dramatically increase our needs for L-glutamine (and other nutrients).In these clinical scenarios, the addition of L-glutamine significantly improves prognosis for critically ill patients by nourishing the physiological intestinal barrier and reducing the incidence of infections.[iii]This is achieved through a number of important mechanisms involved in the regulation of gene expression, growth and development of new cells, protein turnover (recovery), antioxidant properties, and strengthening immunity. [iv]In other words, even when it seems that the whole body is being destroyed, extra L-glutamine is effective in nourishing the very delicate cells that line our intestines and improving the health of the whole body.
If you are a person who is experiencing an increased level of stress and often exercises with more intensity without adequate recovery time, you may have a higher level of depleted glutamine. Most people have to deal with other stresses in their lives – financial stress, work stress, lack of sleep, illness. All of these stresses can cause a decrease in glutamine intake, which can suppress immune function.
Another reason our needs are increasing is due to damage to the intestinal villi, which are also called enterocytes, which can result from our moderndiet choicefood sensitivity, alcohol, medications, exposure to toxins, or common lifestyle habits.
If you work a lot in the gym or work hard to relax with a few cocktails at night, then some damage can occur in your digestive system that you do not currently take into account. Fortunately, adding L-Glutamine to your routine helps reduce tissue damage, often referred to as gastrointestinal permeability or “leaky gut”. [v],[vi]It has even been shown to improve exercise performance and strength [vii],
If you have symptoms of an intestinal disorder, it may be time to pay more attention to your daily life, lifestyle habits and their effects on glutamine levels. While a balanced diet with high-glutamine foods is an excellent starting point for maintaining your intestinal health, you can also take it as a supplement. Taking glutamine in the form of an additive is easy because it is odorless, tasteless, and mixes well with cocktails or other drinks.
Although Life Time offers glutamine as an individual supplement, if you need a comprehensive system and a holistic plan to get back to a healthier gut, the GUT.FIX program is a great place to start.
If you have any questions regarding bowel health, GUT.FIX or glutamine, you can write to our team of nutrition trainers and they will do their best to help.
In the field of health, Paul Kriegler, registered nutritionist, development manager for the Life Time – Nutrition program.
This article is not intended to cure or prevent disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles at the reader’s choice and risk.