Making new membranes: Natural methods help to heal gut lining


by Erin Roush
Director of Wellness Services

The long and winding road of the human body’s intestinal tract is lined with a thin mucosal membrane. In healthy individuals, this intestinal lining is semi-permeable, which allows nutrients from properly digested food to pass into the bloodstream. At the same time, the gut lining serves as a protective barrier, preventing harmful bacteria, toxins and undigested food particles from entering the bloodstream and wrecking havoc in the body.

Much like the outer skin of the body, the mucosal membrane lining the walls of the intestines sloughs off a layer of cells every three to five days. In its amazing capacity for regeneration, the body produces new cells to rapidly replace the old and maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall. The primary fuel for this process of renewal is the amino acid L-glutamine. In addition to fueling the process of cell renewal, this most important amino acid is also converted into N-Acetyl Glucosamine, the compound used to literally hold the cellular matrix together.

Stress, illness, and the use of some prescription or over-the-counter medications can deplete the essential amino acid L-glutamine and its byproduct N-Acetyl Glucosamine. Without these building blocks, the health, integrity and function of the intestinal lining is compromised. Common digestive complaints such as gas, bloating, heartburn and/or reflux as well as the fickle irritable bowel symptoms of constipation and/or diarrhea are tell-tale signs of a compromised gut wall.

With the proper tools and building blocks, the intestinal lining can be restored. The dynamic duo of L-glutamine and N-Acetyl Glucosamine is available in supplement form as a powder or in the convenience of vegetarian capsules. This therapeutic formula, IntestiNEW, also contains Gamma Oryzanol, derived from rice bran oil, to soothe the lining of an agitated intestinal tract and offer antioxidant benefits against free radical damage. Further support and relief is provided with a blend of herbs that includes:

  • cranesbill for its astringent properties
  • ginger root for its anti-inflammatory action and classic digestive support
  • calendula flowers to calm and heal irritated tissue
  • marshmallow root to soothe mucus membranes

Whether you suffer from chronic or occasional digestive upset, try adding the healing power of IntestiNEW to your supplement protocol. Capsules can be taken with water, or one level scoop of this pleasant tasting powder shaken with eight ounces of pure, room temperature water first thing every morning on an empty stomach. For additional support, this dose may be repeated in the evening.

Embrace your best digestive health and enjoy the benefits of the natural ingredients that help strengthen, support and soothe your hard-working and all-important intestinal lining.

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