Glutamine is synonymous with bodybuilding, it’s also useful for so much more than just muscle recovery! L-Glutamine helped me to heal my leaky gut, strengthen my digestive system and recover from my mounting digestive issues much faster. I also like to think it helps me recover faster from spin and barre classes! 🙂
Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid. It’s available in abundance from the foods we eat, but often most people still don’t get enough to really stimulate deep repair. The more energy you put out, the more wrecked your digestive system is and the more time you’ve ate processed foods, the more likely you’re deficient in glutamine.
My journey with this supplement has been surprising. I never really expected it to work, but it did. By the time I found out about glutamine, my digestion was so wrecked I had a hard time believing anything could help.
The science behind why glutamine works to help repair the digestive tract is very interesting.
Basically, glutamine works in the gut by protecting against mucosal breakdown.
Now imagine this environment: You have stomach acid that’s so strong it could burn through carpet (no joke, and this is healthy and natural) then a little ways down the road in your intestines, you have a more alkaline, lubricated environment that makes it easier to pass waste. When things get out of whack in the gut, this important mucosal lining can start to lose its tenure. If you’re taking glutamine, it helps it stay strong and protects against the potential for a leak to spring (leaky gut).
The second way glutamine helped me is it’s amazing ability to diminish cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Glutamine becomes a quick energy boost for our brains (which is where those cravings are coming from). It signals to the body that the need has been met and the craving dissipates. Because let’s face it, it’s not our bodies that want that candy bar, it’s our addicted brains.
Paired with a change in diet, probiotics and plenty of stress reduction, l-glutamine has really helped me repair my gut and experience genuine, lasting health.
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I’d love to teach you even more about the superfoods and supplements I used to heal my digestive system, then join me in my next Love Your Gut group program! This program is specifically designed for busy professionals who have been dealing with digestive issues for quite some time now but have never had a laid out path or time to dive in and figure it all out. My program lays out exactly what foods you should be eating (and not eating), some easy recipes you can make each day to begin healing your gut, and the incredible support from my private Facebook group so you can chat with others going through the program with you. Learn all about this program here. I hope you’ll join us!
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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