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Transform Your Health: Short-Chain Fatty Acids, The Gut Microbiome, and Chicory Root

Transform Your Health: Short-Chain Fatty Acids, The Gut Microbiome, and Chicory Root

March 28, 2024

We hear a lot of talk about the gut microbiome, and it’s no mystery as to why: Between the immune response, the digestive system, and the “second brain” of neurotransmitters, it has a lot going on. No wonder the health restoration coaches at The Wellness Way (as well as many other people) encourage supporting normal function in the gut.

But what is the normal function of the gut, and why is it important? This week on A Different Perspective, Dr. Bryce Gallagher, D.C., answers these questions and more: Dr. Bryce Gallagher, D.C. dives into a few nuances of how the gut works and provides a breakdown of the study The Interplay between the Gut Microbiome and the Immune System in the Context of Infectious Diseases throughout Life and the Role of Nutrition in Optimizing Treatment Strategies. (

Some of the topics covered include:

  • The gut microbiome — the key to health is in the balance: There are a lot of bacteria, viruses, and more within the gut. Most of them are ones we’ve been taught to be wary of, but they’re actually supposed to be there — just not in overwhelming numbers. It’s not usually one major pathogenic organism causing issues.
  • IgA antibodies and mucosal defenses: Our bodies have many mucosal linings. What do these linings do, and why do IgA antibodies matter? What does it mean if these numbers are high? Your body knows what it’s doing, and your immune system is designed to handle it.
  • Short-chain fatty acids: What do these metabolites do in your body, and what do they have to do with regulatory T cells? How can you support your body’s production of them?
  • Next steps: Most people’s gut microbiome isn’t normal. Dr. Bryce, D.C., covers a few questions to ask yourself as you get back on the road to wellness.

Dr. Bryce Gallagher, D.C. also talks about the supplements Chicory Root Inulin and Rehmannia: He breaks down how these supplements support the body and why they can support other systems as well as the gut. As always, remember to consult a Wellness Way doctor or certified health restoration coach to get yourself tested and learn how to support your body’s specific needs. One size doesn’t fit all!

See the science-backed research, learn new facts about restoring health, and put yourself on the path to a better life. Watch now for all the details, and set up a call with a health restoration coach here:

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