I was one of those people who suffered with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) while traditional care left me still feeling sick with a non-specific diagnosis, daily discomfort, and no answers. I devoted a large amount of time reading the latest research in order to help myself, and now my patients, find optimal gut health and know how to get back to it quickly when speedbumps arise.
Now, as an Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist certified in gastrointestinal nutrition, I have the privilege of working with those who are eating whole foods, getting in movement, working on stress, and sleep, but still confused about their gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. I see those living with inconsistent bloat, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, dysbiosis, and more. They are doing the best they can, while living with these visible, or invisible, symptoms that are constantly on their minds.
My approach is food first, which includes adding a greater variety and diversity of gut nurturing foods. I also practice using a reverse elimination method that helps take a short break from certain foods, then reintroduce and tolerate a wider diversity of plant foods in order to maximize gut repair and enhance digestion.
While searching for the best of the best when it came to my gut health, I found that many of the gut supplements out there are trying to micromanage the gut to conform to a general template that may not work for each person.
The research points to the approach of creating a healing environment for your unique gut microbiome to help it nurture itself back to its best balance, not micromanaging or overwhelming it with various probiotics supplements and other individual agents. A functioning garden is all about the soil, not just trying to plant more seeds when your soil isn’t healthy.
That is why I formulated Gut Nurture; It is a combination of what my patients need to help with their current gut healing journey, it’s for those looking to prevent gut issues, and most importantly, it is designed to create a healthy gut environment in order to nurture the microbes already inside of you. Having a healthy inner-soil so your gut bugs can flourish and you can thrive.
I listened to my patients, I took the best ingredients, and I formulated Gut Nurture for you to find your best gut health!
How is Gut Nurture Different?
We have been educating our patients and community around the idea of our gut and human microbiome being our own personal ecosystem. Not only is our microbiome our own personal ecosystem, we go as far as to say that it is the most important and impactful ecosystem on the planet.
We make this statement because humans have been given dominion over this planet. Our species is the conscious manipulator of this planet, and without getting too deep, this means that what we say goes.
What if we as humans did everything we could to protect the microbes that make up our inner-ecosystem? If this were to happen, then our educated guess would be a gigantic ripple effect in all other ecosystems in the planet. Why? Because what is good for our microbes is good for all microbes that make up our environment.
With this in mind we formulated Gut Nurture to not just give you microbes to put into your gut and call it a day, we wanted to provide high quality, 3rd party tested, pure ingredients that help strengthen the ecosystem in which microbes grow and flourish.
From our experience it is much easier to grow an abundant garden when you have amazing soil vs not caring for the soil properly and focusing on the seeds. Even if you have the very best seeds they will not grow in the dead soil.
We want Gut Nurture along with a diverse diet and optimal lifestyle to help you build the highest quality soil for your inner-ecosystem so the really great microbial seeds that come into contact with you take up residence and help to build your abundant health.
The Gut Nurture Formula, Explained!
Ginger Extract: The polyphenol antioxidants and other compounds in ginger support microbiome diversity, have an anti-inflammatory effect, and have anti-ulcer properties. Ginger has been proven to help with nausea and upper gastrointestinal motility (AKA movement) when studied in both IBS populations and in pregnant women.
Sunfiber (AKA Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum- PHGG): is a unique low-FODMAP (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols), less fermentable, gluten-free, and soluble prebiotic fiber made from guar beans. The prebiotic fiber in PHGG simultaneously feeds healthy microbes living in the gut, while binding to those that may be producing uncomfortable or foul-smelling gas. Studies have shown that PHGG can be helpful in cases of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Histamine Intolerance, and more.
Pre-Fermented B Vitamins, including Vitamins B1, B5, & B6: Delivered in a pre-fermented, soy-free medium for increased bioavailability, the B vitamins in Gut Nurture help stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and other bugs and assist with motility so food moves through your digestive tract easier. These B Vitamins can support many functions in the body which are important to decreasing pain in the gut and supporting gut movement/ motility, including mitochondrial support to nurture the energy powerhouses of our cells, and enhanced serotonin production.
Molybdenum: a trace mineral abundantly available in soil and in foods like alfalfa, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, etc. An important part of the sulfur breakdown pathway and member of the iron-zinc-copper balance as molybdenum is involved in iron metabolism and absorption. A 2021 study found Molybdenum to be helpful in treating iron deficiency anemia and even reducing joint pain and inflammation. This ingredient is especially helpful to those with stinky, sulfury smelling gas and iron deficiency, especially when caused by inflammatory conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD), Endometriosis, and other inflammatory conditions.
Licorice root extract: Whole licorice has been used throughout history to help reduce inflammation, tumor prevention, and to protect against inflammatory digestive issues like acid reflux. While it can be helpful, whole licorice root also contains compounds that can increase blood pressure and deplete potassium levels. Gut Nurture safely utilizes deglycyrrhizinated licorice extract to eliminate those possible complications and still retain the benefits of the plant.
Horse Chestnut: A new ingredient to hear about for many! This herbal remedy that has been used for many years in many populations around the world is helpful in balancing inflammation-causing gut microbes and inflammation-reducing gut bugs. It also can support motility by decreasing gas produced in the small and large intestine, which decreases bloating, constipation, and straining when having a bowel movement.
Postbiotic Lactobacillus LB: Instead of using less stable live probiotic strains which may not be compatible with each person’s gut flora, like planting seeds in a garden whose soil isn’t ready. We built Gut Nurture with a postbiotic — the stable, beneficial end-product of probiotics that promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut, supports the gut lining, nutrient absorption, energy balance, blood sugar, cholesterol balance, and the immune system.
Gum Arabic or acacia gum is a soluble dietary fiber obtained from the stems and branches of the Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal plants, which grow mainly in Africa. This prebiotic fiber has shown many possible benefits to the gut microbiome, including being linked with an increase in beneficial bifidobacteria and a reduction in inflammatory clostridia bacteria in the colon. A recent study also provided evidence of acacia’s benefits elsewhere in the body, with supplementation leading to a significant improvement in blood pressure, blood glucose, and satiety.
The cherry on top of all of this is that our collaborators in helping me design this powder tests all ingredients for impurities, the ingredients are traceable, it is made in the USA, and the packaging is compostable!
I hope this blend I thoughtfully curated helps you on your journey as you continually seek to Heal with Each Meal ™
In Best Gut Health,
Dahlia Marin, RDN, LD, CGN
Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Gut Health Expert
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