Okay. Truth time. I seriously messed up my gut when I was younger.
Some things I had no idea were impacting my gut imbalance; like birth control pills, gluten and the antibiotics that I had taken. However, I clearly knew my eating disorders and crazy addiction to diet pop were messing up my body... but I had no idea how to get out of my addictive, self abusive behaviours at the time.
As I started to heal my body and my life, I began to really learn how important the gut-brain connection was to my anxiety and bi-polar disorder.
Why L-Glutamine is my BFF
Glutamine is synonymous with bodybuilding but did you know it’s useful for so much more than just muscle recovery? L-Glutamine helped me to heal my leaky gut, strengthen my digestive system and recover from the gut-brain imbalance that was messing up my moods.
What is Glutamine?
Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid. It’s available in abundance from the foods we eat, but often most people still don’t get enough to really stimulate deep repair. The more energy you put out, the more wrecked your digestive system is and the more time you’ve allowed to pass eating processed foods, the more likely you’re deficient in glutamine.
My journey with this supplement has been surprising. I never really expected it to work as well as it did, but thankfully it blew away my expectations. The science behind why glutamine works to help repair the digestive tract is very interesting.
How Glutamine Repaired my Gut
Basically glutamine works in the gut by protecting against mucosal breakdown. Now imagine this environment. You’ve got stomach acid that’s so strong it could burn through carpet (no joke, and this is healthy and natural) then a little ways down the road in your intestines, a more alkaline, lubricated environment is necessary because otherwise evacuating our bowels would be be quite painful and horrible. When things get really out of whack in the gut, the important mucosal lining can start to lose its tenure. Glutamine helps it stay strong and protect us against the potential for a leak to spring.
The second way glutamine helped me is it’s amazing ability to diminish cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Glutamine becomes a quick energy boost for our brains (which is where those cravings are coming from). It signals the body that the need has been met and the craving dissipates. Because let’s face it, it’s not our bodies that want that Oh Henry bar, it’s our addicted brains.
Paired with a change in diet, probiotics and plenty of stress reduction (hence my love of mindfulness and meditation), l-glutamine has really helped me repair my gut and experience genuine, lasting health. This means no mood disorders and mucky hormone issues! Yeah!
It's good to remember the truth in the quote by the Father of Medicine; Hippcorates:
All disease begins in the gut.
Take care of it please!
Much love and gut health happiness,