Leaky gut is where your intestinal wall becomes permeable (small holes open up in the lining of the digestive tract. When these holes open, particles meant for excretion are able to go through these holes and into our blood stream. This creates a whole wide range of issues that are caused by this leaky gut.
Collagen is an amazing way for these holes to be filled, but what in the world is collagen exactly. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in our bodies. Collagen the main protein found in our connective tissue as well as skin. Connective tissue are things like what holds organs in place,cartilage, bone, as well as what lines our organs and for our conversation, specifically digestive tract. But what function does this have on our health. Collagen is what protects our organs, holds our bone and muscles together, This is extremely important aspect of our health due to the fact that our chiropractor in La Jolla deals with bones, cartilage, as well as digestive issues on a daily basis.
There are a plethora of benefits of collagen. Lets focus on some of the bigger ones for now and in later articles we can dive into more. From Dr. Josh Axe there are seven major benefits of collagen. The seven major ones are, improves hair and skin health, decreases joint pain and degeneration, increases metabolism as well as energy output and muscle mass, improves strength of nails hair and teeth, improves the health of the liver, protects cardiovascular health and most importantly to our topic it helps heal leaky gut. Our goal as a chiropractor in San Diego is help create a healthy environment as San Diego as a whole is a very health conscious city.
Leaky gut is helped tremendously by the use of collagen. It really is a a filler to those permeable lining walls of our digestive tract. So what exactly is going on with the collagen that makes it so powerful in the process of healing leaky gut. Collagen as stated before is what helps line digestive tract. So by consuming collagen you are adding support to what is already meant to be there. The collagen actually aids in breaking down proteins while also filling amino acids into the lining walls of the digestive tract. There is even a study that shows decreased serum concentration of collagen linked to irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome in short is a disorder that affects the large intestine. Some common symptoms with this are abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea.
So how to get collagen into you system in a healthy manner. There are a few ways to do so. In my opinion the best way is real bone broth. Remember when grandma would make that chicken noodle soup homemade when you were sick? The kind that once in the refrigerator would become a blob like gelatin, that's the collagen. Another way is powder made from bone broth. The powder is similar to that of a protein powder than you can mix and consume. The other way is by taking collagen supplements. Yes much like everything else on the market there are good ones and there are not so good ones. Our chiropractic office in La Jolla carries and recommends Standard Process supplements as they are whole food, naturally grown on a farm in Wisconsin. There have been studies previously that have shown their soil is one of very few if any other soil in the country that is truly organic, etc.
If you or someone you know is suffering from symptoms related to leaky gut, irritable bowel, or some other digestive issues, please have them call our chiropractic office in San Diego to see how we can help. Many times low back pain can actually relate to our digestive tract and digestive issues as well.
Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Family Chiropractic
San Diego, CA