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How Inflammation Undermines Gut Health
Sometimes, the various pain and discomfort you feel in your body can be narrowed down to one larger, underlying source... Especially if you feel like your gut health has taken a downward turn.
The culprit? Inflammation.
Your gut health and inflammation are closely connected and exist in delicate balance – and either can knock the other off course. That leads to a dangerous cycle that worsens your gastrointestinal (GI) health and can damage your overall health too.
That’s why it’s so important for your body to keep inflammation under control… without erasing it completely. It’s also why you want to make sure your body has ample supplies of its natural inflammation multi-tasker: Immunoglobulin G.
Inflammation: Good and Bad
You may think of inflammation as a bad thing, but it’s one of your immune system's most important tools. Inflammation is crucial for wound healing and helps defend against infection. In fact, antibodies – also called immunoglobulins – often count on inflammation to neutralize pathogens.
Problems come up when the inflammation switch gets stuck in the on position, and it doesn't shut down once the immediate need has passed. This overactive inflammation can cause all sorts of damage to cells and organs. It’s an underlying cause of many diseases… and it can take a terrible toll on your gut health.
That’s where a special antibody called IgG (immunoglobulin G) comes into play. IgG acts like an inflammation multi-tasker: it helps increase or decrease inflammation depending on the situation.
When your immune system senses an injury or infectious microbe, IgG goes right to the scene. There, IgG activates your body’s defenses, including inflammation, to tackle the threat.
On the flip side, IgG can also act like an inflammation wrangler, helping to reduce unnecessary inflammation. That includes wrangling the inflammation that negatively impacts your gut microbiome (and can lead to an imbalance of bad vs good bacteria.)
This is crucial because when left unchecked, inflammation can lead to three critical gut health issues…
Three Critical Gut Health Issues and Their Connection to Inflammation
Critical Gut Health Issue #1: Unbalanced Gut Microbiome
Your gut microbiome contains trillions of bacteria – both beneficial probiotic bacteria and harmful pathogenic bacteria. A well-balanced gut microbiome has substantially more probiotics than pathogens, and contributes hundreds of benefits to your overall health, including balanced inflammatory responses.
But if anything upsets that balance – either in the gut bacteria or the inflammatory responses – serious issues can arise. And, even worse, pathogens and inflammation kind of egg each other on. Pathogens create pro-inflammatory compounds, which in turn can harm probiotic bacteria. And inflammation helps pathogens flourish by altering the gut environment.
That pathogen overgrowth and inflammation can lead to uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- abdominal pain
- unexplained weight gain or loss
- reduced nutrient absorption
Critical Gut Health Issue #2: Low Diversity
In virtually every part of life, diversity is a good thing – and that’s true in your gut microbiome too. When it’s in healthy balance, a highly diverse population of beneficial probiotic bacteria greatly outnumbers harmful pathogens. With more diversity, both your gut and you will be healthier.
But when inflammation strikes, it can reduce diversity significantly. Studies show that people with inflammatory gut issues like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have much lower microbiome diversity than healthy people. Plus, the patients with the lowest diversity suffer from the worst symptoms… and have increased disease progression.
Critical Gut Health Issue #3: Leaky Gut
Your gut contains a protective lining – the gut barrier – that performs two crucial tasks.
First, it allows nutrients, antioxidants, and other healing compounds to pass from your gut into your bloodstream so they can be delivered to all of your cells and organs. Second – and equally important – that barrier keeps pathogens and other toxins locked safely inside your gut so they can’t enter your bloodstream and cause all sorts of problems.
But inflammation can weaken that barrier and create microscopic gaps – causing a leaky gut. When that happens, the pathogens and toxins can escape, entering your circulation so they can attack anywhere in your body. That can confuse and overwork your immune system, leading to more inflammation… and a whole host of gut and body-wide issues.
How IgG Restores Immune Balance
Thanks to its multi-tasking abilities, IgG can help tame inflammation and let everything calm down.
But there’s a catch. When your immune system is already overstimulated and overworked, you may not have enough IgG to help solve the inflammation problem. That’s why supporting your supply of IgG can make all the difference. By bolstering your supply of these important antibodies you’ll help your body:
- Neutralize toxins and pathogens so they can be safely removed
- Rein in inflammatory immune cells when they’re not needed
- Repair and strengthening the gut barrier
- Restore and support a well-balanced gut microbiome
Clinical trials show that supplementing with serum-derived bovine IgG can dramatically improve inflammation balance, along with restoring a healthy gut and gut barrier.
In one study, taking serum-derived bovine immunoglobulin supplements helped 91% of patients return to normal bowel frequency. Another clinical trial showed that 76% of patients saw dramatic improvement with GI issues after taking serum-derived bovine immunoglobulin supplements in just 12 weeks.
Bottom line: IgG supports GI comfort, balanced inflammatory responses (not too weak, not too strong), and a healthy gut microbiome.
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