What to Know About the 4 Pillars of Gut Health

What to Know About the 4 Pillars of Gut Health

When it comes to your general well-being, it’s always best to go with your gut. After all, the gut plays a pivotal role in so many body systems and functions, including immune health. Thus, caring for the gut should be an essential aspect of any well-rounded wellness routine.

The gastrointestinal system (GI) not only digests and absorbs nutrients but also acts as an interface between the body, the microbiome, and the outside world. Gut care, however, doesn’t have to be intimidating or complex. The 4 Pillars of Gut Health framework is designed to promote optimal GI function while establishing balance and well-being.* These include:

1. Digestion Support*:

An optimally functioning digestive system is the cornerstone of good health. Digestive health challenges such as gas, bloating, and occasional discomfort are among the most common reasons that patients visit healthcare practitioners.*

 Integrative Therapeutics products that support this pillar:

Motility Activator
Supports gastrointestinal motility and transport.* 
Panplex 2-Phase
Dual action formula that supports both the gastric and intestinal phases of digestion.*
Similase® family of products
A proprietary blend of enzymes across a broad range of pH in the GI tract to support digestion of all food types.*
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) in a chewable formula for soothing digestive relief.*
Betaine HCL
Provides a combination of betaine hydrochloride and pepsin to support healthy stomach acidity, gastric function, and protein digestion.*
Formulated with systemic enzymes and undiluted pancreatic enzymes to support digestion.*
Heartburn Advantage™
Combines several clinically studied ingredients including zinc carnosine, artichoke, ginger root, and DGL at researched doses to help reduce occasional heartburn, nausea, bloating, and epigastric discomfort.*


2. Microbiome Support*:

Maintaining a healthy balance in the gut microbiome is an integral component of gastrointestinal health.* An individual’s intestinal microbiome can be influenced by many factors, including travel, diet, and stressors.

Integrative Therapeutics products that support this pillar:

Pro-Biome 50 Billion
Daily probiotic provided in a delayed-release capsule to support gastrointestinal and immune health.*
Berberine Complex
Formulated to provide traditional gastrointestinal support and a healthy microbial balance.*
The combination of berberine sulfate, garlic, gentian, goldenseal, and sweet wormwood in Para-Gard® helps support a healthy balance of intestinal flora.*
Blue Heron™
A balanced blend of dietary fiber, nutritional herbs, and probiotics formulated for intestinal support.*
Enterogenic™ Intensive 100
An advanced probiotic formulation to support healthy microbiota in the GI tract.*
Probiotic Pearls™
A blend of active cultures including Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium for digestive health.*


3. Gut Barrier Function*:

Maintaining structure and function of the intestinal mucosa plays an essential role in supporting general health and wellness.*

Integrative Therapeutics products that support this pillar:

Zinc Carnosine
Contains the PepZin GI® brand of zinc-carnosine to support healthy gastrointestinal mucosa and relieve occasional mild gastric discomforts.*
Glutamine Forte
Supports healthy gut barrier function and permeability.*
Permeability Factors
A unique combination of L-glutamine, phosphatidylcholine, and other key nutrients to support gastrointestinal health and normal intestinal permeability.*
PepZin GI® is a registered trademark of Hamari Chemicals USA, Inc


 4. Liver & Detoxification Support*:

Nutritional factors play an essential role in supporting healthy detoxification and elimination processes.* Phase I and Phase II detoxification pathways in the liver require many cofactors and conjugating agents.

Integrative Therapeutics products that support this pillar:

Lipotropic Complex™
Provides comprehensive transmethylation support for the liver by combining phytonutrients and bile salts.*
Super Milk Thistle® X
Supports healthy liver function.*
Detoxication Factors
Supports healthy Phase I and II detoxication pathways in the liver.*

Woman preparing healthy food


This discussion on gut health would be incomplete without lifestyle recommendations. A healthy lifestyle is the foundation of gut health. When completed in tandem with the above pillars and accompanying ingredients or supplements, these simple tips and swaps can help further support digestive health.*

  • Eat smaller meals or use a smaller plate. Encourage patients to eat slowly and stop just before they feel too full to avoid discomfort from overeating or occasional heartburn.
  • Listen to the body. Certain foods may cause bloating, belching, or occasional digestive discomfort. Your patients may have sensitivity to certain grains, dairy products, or other foods which should be noted.
  • During meal­time, sit down and focus on the meal without distractions.
  • Chew food thoroughly. Mastication is the first step of digestion and helps regulate gastric juice production.
  • Take a short walk after meals to keep things moving.

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