"All disease begins in the gut" ~Hippocrates (father of modern medicine)
We now know that 80% of our immune system is in the gut. When your gut microbiota is out of balanced due to increased permeability of your intestinal lining, microbes, undigested food particles, toxins and infections can leak out of your intestinal wall into your bloodstream, causing inflammation which then triggers an immune response.
Over-time, chronic inflammation stresses and weakens the immune system which leads to autoimmune diseases. If you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such as thyroid disorder, hormonal imbalance, arthritis, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis and so on ... you may have leaky gut.
Bone broth and gelatin have been used to heal digestive problems since ancient times but only recently, scientists uncovered the amazing healing properties of collagen for gut health.
Collagen production declines as we age. Therefore, adding collagen peptides to your diet can help jump-start your digestive and immune health.
Collagen and Digestive Health Benefits
#1 Repairs leaky gut - Scientists found that low collagen levels are associated with imbalance in gut microbiota leading to inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Chron’s disease. Studies also show that collagen is an important component in the gut lining as collagen production is greatest when new smooth muscles are generated during the repair and healing of the gut lining.
Glutamine an amino acid found in collagen, prevents inflammation and oxidative stress in the gut wall. Studies show that individuals with inflammatory bowel diseases, have decreased collagen levels. Adding collagen to your diet can help repair the gut lining and heal leaky gut.
#2 Help with digestion – Collagen binds to water and stomach acid while assist in breaking down proteins and carbohydrates in the intestines as it makes it way through the GI tract.
#3 Help treat acid reflux – Collagen helps regulate stomach acid production. Inadequate amount of stomach acid to digest food properly can lead to acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.
#4 Prevent and help heal stomach ulcers – Ulcers are open sores on the lining of the stomach and intestine that has been damaged. Ulcers can be caused by multiple factors - an infection of H. pylori bacteria, prolonged use of high doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, an acidic gut microbiome, leaky gut and chronic stress. Glycine and proline are the main amino acids in Eatfit Collagen Peptides. Study shows that glycine inhibits gastric secretion to protect the gut lining against chemical and stress-induced ulcers.