Butyrate is a CRITICAL MOLECULE that plays an important role in maintaining gut health and overall wellbeing.
Butyrate is not available in any foods, plant or dairy and is a short-chain fatty acid that is produced in the colon by the fermentation of dietary fibre from good gut bacteria.
It has been shown to have a number of beneficial effects on the body, including:
Promoting gut health:
Butyrate is an important source of energy for the cells lining the colon, helping to maintain the health of the gut lining and reduce inflammation.
Butyrate has anti-inflammatory effects:
Butyrate has been shown to reduce inflammation in the gut, which can help to alleviate symptoms associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other inflammatory conditions.
Butyrate supports a healthy microbiome:
Butyrate is produced by certain bacteria in the gut, and these bacteria play an important role in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. A healthy microbiome is associated with a number of health benefits, including improved digestion and immune system function.
Butyrate has been shown to have anti-cancer effects:
Butyrate has been shown to have anti-cancer effects, particularly in the colon. It may help to reduce the risk of colon cancer and improve outcomes for individuals who have already been diagnosed with colon cancer.
Butyrate may improve brain function:
There is some evidence to suggest that butyrate may improve cognitive function and protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.
Lets dive a little deeper, hoping that I have grabbed your curiosity.
The lining of our gut is the size of a tennis court and only one cell thin (not thick). So its easy to imaging a) how easily the cell lining can be damaged and b) OMG ... with all debris in your colon awaiting expulsion, if the gut wall has the slightest chink then endotoxins (in your Poo) will escape into the blood stream.
The result is what is simply described as 'A Leaky Gut'. The diagnosis is less simple: IBD / IBS, diverticulitis, inflammation, bloating, depression, poor sleep, joint inflammation, rheumatics and there are links to ADHD, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Once into the blood system these endotoxins create inflammation, and there isn't the slightest chance that our immune system can cope.
Once these endotoxins travel to the brain they suppress endorphin and serotonin, the feel good hormones resulting in forms of depression.
Bloating of the tummy ...... look around you .... from inflammation and ouch how the joints will start to ache.
The unfortunate treatment from the medical profession is antibiotics, steroids', anti-depressants; the list goes on. Unfortunately nearly all leaky guts are created by poor diet and certain foods that BIG FOOD convinces us to eat, whist BIG PHARMA want us to keep taking the drugs.
Butyrate, made by a healthy gut is not only the natural sticky plaster that heals a perforated or permeable gut, but also keeps the gut lining healthy and good shape.
So how do we help ourselves, help our bacteria make butyrate and help our gut health to help our wellbeing.
Good bacteria feed off prebiotics.
Eat fermented foods and drinks full of probiotics.
A healthy gut (your microbiome) will generate butyrate, a postbiotic.
This may seem very simple and uncostly, but there is no profit to Big Food and Big Pharma if the human race is healthy.
One of the most irritable substances that damage the gut lining are LECTINS.
I will cover LECTINS in my next blog.