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– by introducing a special product to supplement caloric intake with special whey protein easily digestible shakes
Because Whey Protein contains high concentrations of L-Glutamine, which is one of the most important nutrients for your intestines. L-Glutamine is the primary energy source for your immune system. It has the ability to “repair Leaky Gut Syndrome” by maintaining the integrity of the bowels.
Although L-Glutamine is an amino acid that is frequently used as a sports and fitness supplement, it has been found to help modulate the immune system and protect the mucosal protective layer in the intestine. Studies have demonstrated that glutamine can help improve blood flow in inflamed segments of the colon in patients who have ulcerative colitis, although its benefits did not extend to the most seriously affected portion of the colon (Kruschewski M et al 1998). L-Glutamine is also able to reduce leakiness of the intestine, which may help to reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.
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Studies Show Whey Protein is very important, and essential for healing.
1) Transforming Growth Factor-β, a Whey Protein Component, Strengthens the Intestinal Barrier by Upregulating Claudin-4 in HT-29/B6 Cells
“….In conclusion, TGFβ1 affects claudin-4 gene expression via Smad-4-dependent and -independent transcriptional regulation, resulting in barrier protection, a cytokine effect that is also found in whey protein concentrates used in enteral nutrition…”
2) Glutamine and Whey Protein Improve Intestinal Permeability and Morphology in Patients with Crohn’s Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial
“… Conclusions: Intestinal permeability and morphology improved significantly in both glutamine and ACG…”
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“…In conclusion, cheese whey protein protected rats against DSS-induced gut inflammation. This can most likely be explained by its threonine and cysteine content. Protection can be the result of both the stimulation of intestinal mucin synthesis and modification of microflora composition…”
There are many reasons to add good quality Whey Protein shakes to your
1) to ensure nutritionally balanced supplementation
2) to ensure you ingest adequate amounts of L-Glutamine (which through
various processes converts into Glutathione) which is key in colonic repair,
and reducing inflammation
3) when in a bad flare, you can do what’s called “Bowel Rest” at home, and
only ingest protein shakes
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Glutathione, a small peptide found in the highest concentrations in fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean meats is also beneficial to the small intestine, since it can directly act as an antioxidant in the intestinal tract and help decrease damaging molecules that may be produced during inflammation. Vitamin C, from citrus fruits, and vitamin E, found in whole grain cereals and nut oils, are important antioxidants for the small intestine and work with glutathione to support intestinal healing.The cells that line the intestinal tract need fuel to continue their process of nutrient uptake. The preferred fuel for these cells is the amino acid glutamine, which can be obtained from proteins. Some studies have shown that short-chain fatty acids may also support the small intestinal tract barrier because they can serve as an alternate fuel for the cells that make up the intestinal lining. The small intestinal tract cells also require energy to maintain integrity of the cell wall, and production of energy requires healthy levels of vitamin B5. Mushrooms, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, corn, broccoli, and yogurt are concentrated sources of vitamin B5. The intestinal tract cells also require a number of vitamins, so adequate overall nutrition is necessary.
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Glutathione, Cysteine, & Vitamin C capsule
(I take this as a result of Glutathione testing which revealed low Glutathione levels)
|Glutathione, Cysteine & C 100 vegetarian capsules Item Catalog Number: 01541|
|L-cysteine is a conditionally essential amino acid, one of only three sulfur-containing amino acids, the others being taurine (which can be produced from L-cysteine) and L-methionine (from which L-cysteine can be produced in the body by a multi-step process). Cysteine plays a role in the sulfation cycle, acting as a sulfur donor in phase II detoxification and as a methyl donor in the conversion of homocysteine to methionine.1,2 Cysteine also helps synthesize glutathione, the body’s most important intracellular antioxidant and a vital detoxifier.3-7|
Glutathione (gamma-L-glutamyl-L-cysteinyl-glycine) is a peptide (short-protein) molecule synthesized in the body from the three amino acids L-glutamic acid, L-cysteine and glycine. Glutathione is one of the body’s most important and powerful antioxidants,8 helping to detoxify xenobiotics.9-12 A major function of vitamin C is to keep glutathione in its reduced form so that it can continue to provide free radical-quenching effects.12-15
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a white, crystalline, water-soluble substance found in citrus fruits. As an antioxidant, vitamin C scavenges free radicals in the body and protects tissues from oxidative stress.16-23 Vitamin C also promotes the absorption of iron, while preventing its oxidation.24,25 Vitamin C is a vital cofactor to the formation of collagen, the connective tissue that supports arterial walls, skin, bones, and teeth.20-22
Because humans do not manufacture vitamin C internally, it must be obtained through dietary sources or supplements. Few people realize, however, that vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that is quickly oxidized and excreted by the body,26 which limits its efficacy. Until now, those seeking to capture vitamin C’s optimal health benefits have had no choice but to consume it several times throughout the day.
Note: I take this Glutathione product because as a result of testing my Glutathione levels which were low, and as we have covered in the Updates, low levels of Glutathione are associated with several Auto-Immune Diseases, including Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, and IBD.
Here’s the Glutathione test I had done:
Click here to see about the Glutathione Blood Testing
Glutathione is classified as a ‘tripeptide’, which means it is composed of three amino acids. The body produces glutathione from the amino acids Cysteine, Glutamic Acid and Glycine. Glutathione is an interesting and important antioxidant because it is found within the cell where it has the power to keep the cell running smoothly by neutralizing free radicals.
It is also known to enhance healthy growth and activity of immune cells plus it enables the body to rid itself of unwanted toxins and heavy metals.
Low levels of glutathione have been implicated in many autoimmune disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
What do you need to know? 9 Essentials to Look for in Your Whey Protein Powder
Many make it a point to start their day with a whey protein shake . They aim to support good bacteria in their gut and boost their energy and muscle strength – not to mention give their mornings a delicious start!
The bad news is that not all whey protein powders are created equal.
Natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola says that many commercially-available whey protein powders “are significantly damaged and nutritionally deficient due to over-processing and because the original source of the whey is compromised.”
Dangerous levels of heavy metals are also found in some popular leading brands. A recent test from Consumer Reports showed that 3 of the 15 protein drinks tested contained risky levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead.
Unsure about your whey protein powder? Dr. Mercola presents the 9 essentials to look for:
- All-natural, grass-fed cows’ whey
Beware of pesticide-treated, grain-fed cows’ whey. All-natural, grass-fed cows’ whey offers a superior amino acid and nutrient profile. It is also rich in healthy fats like lipolic acid and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
- Hormone-free, NOT hormonally treated cow source
“Many American dairy farmers inject the hormone rBGH in dairy cows to increase milk production. This hormone has been linked to serious diseases, including cancer,” reveals Dr. Mercola.
- Cold-processed, NOT heat-processed
Cold processing protects the natural nutrients in whey. Heat processing, on the other hand, makes the whey acidic, nutritionally deficient, and inadequate for consumption. It also damages the amino acids and micronutrients that are present.
- Acid-free processing, NOT acid / ion exchange processing
Acid / ion exchange processing may be cheaper, but it denatures the amino acid profiles. This is because it uses acids and chemicals to separate the whey from the fats.
- Whey protein concentrate
Say no to protein isolates, or proteins that are stripped away from their nutritional cofactors. Your body cannot assimilate proteins in isolated form.
- Low carb and naturally sweetened
Never take anything with artificial sweeteners, unless you want to subject yourself to a host of health problems. Your whey protein powder should be low glycemic, low carb, and not contain sugar, gluten, artificial sweeteners, fructose, glycerin, or sugar alcohol.
- Maximum biological value
The ingredients, source, nutrient concentration, and type of processing affect the whey’s quality and ability to deliver health benefits. Choose one that can retain maximum biological value – instead of those that are damaged and missing key amino acids and nutrients.
- Easy to digest
Avoid digestive stress. Look for a whey protein powder with medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which supports easy absorption and quick digestion. All-natural coconut oil is the best source of MCT, says Dr. Mercola.
- Free from toxic heavy metals
Both whey and non-whey protein powders could contain harmful levels of heavy metals: mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium, to name a few. Choose ones that have no or very low levels that won’t pose a health risk.
Where do I buy my Whey Protein?
Which Whey Protein do I take?
I take Dr. Mercola’s Pro-Optimal Whey Protein because it is well formulated into a high quality product which gives you what you need: Glutamine, and Glutathione, and to make it easily digestible it contains some digestive enzymes as well. It is available in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavors, and if you don’t like it, you can try one of his other high quality whey protein products – all manufactured to the same high standard. His Whey Protein products satisfy all the nine essentials above, and is certified free of GMO ingredients, pesticides, and chemicals. You can get his Pro-Optimal Whey Protein on his website: www.mercola.com.
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IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT BOWEL REST:
A word about Bowel Rest – a term used that means your intake limits your digestive process and literally rests your colon from doing work; typically this means a liquid diet. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may prescribe you do this in the hospital, so it can be done via intravenous fluids or through a feeding tube while being monitored.
Depending upon how severe your flare or condition is (please check with your doctor for his input of course), there are ways you can do this Bowel Rest from home, within your control, and its purpose is to “calm” your colon down. In years past, when I was flaring badly, I would do Bowel Rest for 3-4 days, and always found it to be soothing to the gut, almost as if it enabled a “reset” of sorts.
How did I do my Bowel Rest?
It would mean that for 3-4 days, I would have 5-6 protein shakes a day. To ensure the best possible outcome and nutritionally balanced sustenance, I would add the liquid vitamins and liquid minerals ( I addressed this in an earlier Update), D-Ribose powder (important sugar necessary for ATP cellular production), in addition to other supplements like L-Glutamine amino acid powder, Maca Powder, Chia Seeds ( all addressed in earlier Updates) – for the recipe, please see Morning Glory Shake above.
There are other schools of thought on this; some who believe that bowel rest should be done with chicken broth or vegetable broth. Although these are great, I don’t agree because they do not provide your body with the adequate nutrition or protein your body requires. That’s the reason I strongly recommend Bowel Rest done with Protein Shakes (with either almond milk or rice milk, no soy).