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Nitrates, Nitric Oxide and Your Microbiome

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 12, 2021 7:56:42 AM / by Dr. Isadora Guggenheim

Our physical and mental health are largely dependent on the balance of the gastrointestinal (GI) system because of the gut-brain connection between the intestinal tract and the brain. Dysbiosis, the “disruption of the intestinal microbial ecosystem,” can cause GI, neurological, cardiovascular, and several other types of diseases. So, it is important for our health that our intestinal microbiomes are rich and diverse.

Both nitrates and nitric oxide can support our intestinal microbiomes. A nitrate-rich diet supports important pathways, prevents dysbiosis, and supports overall health. Nitrate-rich foods include arugula, spinach, butter lettuce, bok choy, celery, and beets. Nitrates also prevent leaky gut and colorectal cancer, improve mental health, and reduce damage from things like mast cells and chronic stress. Nitric oxide promotes protection from harmful bacteria and removal of toxicants.

Antibiotics reduce microbial richness and diversity, and can lead to several intestinal and mental health problems. It is important to take dietary nitrates during antibiotic use to prevent such issues. Some studies have shown nitrite can even be used as an alternative.

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Shirley, E. (June 2021). The Powerful Role of Nitrates and Nitric Oxide in Intestinal Health. Townsend Letter, (455). 37-39.

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Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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