Today on the Gut Health Reset Podcast, Dr. Ann-Marie is bringing you a special mini-episode to discuss melatonin and how it can affect you. When you think of melatonin, you might associate it with sleep. But melatonin actually has a lot to do with the gut, and understanding why, and how to increase your gut melatonin can truly help you and improve your health.
In today’s episode, Dr. Ann-Marie will answer these questions:
– Why should you want more melatonin in your gut?
– How does melatonin protect your health and your gut?
– How can you naturally increase your melatonin?
– And more!
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Dr. Ann-Marie Barter: Today, we are going to talk about five ways melatonin actually impacts the gut.
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Dr. Ann-Marie Barter: Thank you so much for joining us here today on the Gut Health Reset Podcast, I’m your host Dr. Ann-Marie Barter, and if you think of melatonin, you think of sleep, right? I mean, that’s kind of the first thing we all think of with melatonin, but it actually has a lot to do with the guy. In fact, there is more melatonin in the gut, 400 times more melatonin in the gut, and there is actually in the pineal gland. So let’s talk about why having more melatonin in the gut is important and why you actually want more melatonin in your gut. So first things first is that it helps your epithelial gut lining. And so this is basically a fancy way of saying that it helps something called the leaky gut, and it works with your barrier and it actually protects your gut and keeps things where they should be. So it’s not just a physical barrier, but it has a lot of other functions like it’s going to help you absorb your nutrients. It’s also going to help with your immunity. It’s a system called innate immunity. It also deals with antigen sensitization and bi directional microbiota. Basically, this helps us not have a leaky gut and keep things where they need to be and are good bacteria where it needs to be and maybe our bad bacteria in check. So this is kind of the difference between somebody. You do a stool test on somebody and suddenly they have a parasite and I’m like, I don’t have any symptoms of a parasite to somebody that’s like, Oh my goodness, I have all these symptoms of parasite. I’m having all these gastrointestinal issues, but I also think about this in another way. There was a comedian that was actually preparing for his wedding, and he sent out a bunch of cards that that basically asked, Hey, do you have any food sensitivities? And I don’t think she was prepped for what he was about to get back. He was expecting some peanuts and maybe some gluten sensitivities, a.k.a. wheat. But he also got broccoli, bell peppers, dairy. And he was kind of blown away by how many sensitivities were actually on the cards, and he kind of made a tongue in cheek joke about it. But for all of you out there that know how food affects you, it’s a big deal for you. But for some people, they have a better barrier and they can deal with it better. So our immune system is also in our gut and a really good way that we have found this. I interviewed another researcher on the Gut Health Reset Podcast and I’ll let her tell her story. I’ll provide a link below. But she talks about COVID and actually the link with the guy. And she’s asked the age old question that a lot of us want to know the answers to, which is why are certain people really sick with COVID and other people don’t even know that they have the virus? What’s the difference? And she has found a link with our gut, specifically gut bacteria in our gut that makes certain people not have any reactions. In other people that don’t have this, gut bacteria have really huge reactions to something like COVID, and she believes that this research is really in its infancy. But I think it does demonstrate the link to say, Hey, there is something with the immunity and with the gut as something as recent as a viral infection with COVID. So let’s bring this back to melatonin. So how in the world it is? Melatonin help out with the gut. It feels a little strange again since we really associate melatonin with sleep and the brain when I describe how melatonin helps with the gut. And the first question is, well, how much should I take or what supplement should I get? And that’s all fine and good. But melatonin is a hormone, and I think that a lot of times what I tell patients that they get surprised like, Oh, really, I don’t want to take a hormone, right? So yes, it is natural, but it’s still considered a hormone. So in this episode, I really want to talk about some natural ways that you can boost up melatonin without actually having to take a supplement that can be highly protective of your GI system and just simple lifestyle changes that you can take and make. So melatonin is very important. It actually helps prevent ulcers. It also is going to reduce the amount of stomach acid, especially if you’re prone to ulcers. It helps in diseases like ulcerative colitis and can be protective in colorectal cancer, so all very important. It also is going to increase your immune response. It can increase your circulation or your microcirculation your vet so that you actually get improved feeling. So. Many people struggle with bloating, bowel issues, brain fog, fatigue. You might not even have any gut issues, but did you know the cause of it could be food sensitivities or gut infections? What I have done is I have brought a talented functional nutritionist into my practice. We have very similar training in the nutritional world, and her name is Alexis Appleby. She is awesome, so you can head on over to our website. &Lt. Alti Fam Fam Med Med and have a consultation with her and schedule so that she can help you get to the root cause of your problems. The other thing that we have found in the research is that it’s really important for IBS type symptoms as well has colic, believe it or not. So melatonin has a lot of incredible juices in our gastrointestinal system. So how do we how do we increase it naturally? I think that that’s a question that everybody wants to know. So intermittent fasting can actually increase melatonin levels. They found that periods with eating and then periods of food deprivation actually can increase your melatonin production. I.e., intermittent fasting, which is really incredible. And then another way is actually to use meditation. So they took in a study, they took some experienced meditators and they checked them at baseline without meditating. And then they also checked them right after they had been meditating. And they found that their serum melatonin levels were actually much higher with these experienced meditators when they after they had just finished meditating. And so it’s a pretty powerful way to increase that antioxidant function. And so that’s another great way to do it. Another way is to get morning sunlight. So basically, when you wake up and the sun is rising, it’s a really great way to increase your melatonin production. It gets into the circadian rhythm, which I don’t want to get into fully in this episode, but basically it tells your body what time of day it is, and it’s going to increase your serum melatonin levels quite a bit over 50 percent. And it also helps that that pattern and crashed it. A lot of us feel that one to mark when you’re just exhausted and don’t want to continue. It’s also going to reduce that afternoon crash, which is really important to just feel great and Kennedy continue to keep on going. Another way to increase your melatonin levels is at night when when the sun starts to go down is to be really careful about overhead lights in your house. We all have these overhead lights and your body thinks it’s being exposed to the Sun, so it doesn’t want to secrete melatonin because it’s not time for bed yet. So a simple trick you can use is to turn off overhead lights and to turn on more lamps in your home, which actually is going to stimulate like a temporary feeling. So if you go out camping and the sun goes down at eye level, you have this warm hue of a campfire, which you can feel yourself kind of calming down in the evening and then getting relaxed, et cetera. And so use those lamps instead of overhead lights to stimulate melatonin as well. So foods also will increase melatonin specifically. And one of the biggest ones is actually tropical fruits. So some of that is pineapples, oranges and bananas. And so what they found is they measured your melatonin levels before and one hundred and twenty minutes after eating the fruits, and they found that it increased over 50 percent. So a hundred and forty six versus forty eight percent and pineapples, oranges, one hundred and fifty one versus forty and the bananas one hundred and forty versus forty two. So the Zell concentration of melatonin exponentially went up. And you can also use fish and eggs as well to increase your serum melatonin levels. So getting that from your food is actually really helpful as well. And to make sure that you have a properly functioning gut so that you can absorb and assimilate these nutrients and then, you know, not only is melatonin great for the gut, but there are other benefits of melatonin. So it’s it’s a heavy antioxidant. Some argue that it is the strongest antioxidant. Others argue good. If I don’t, I don’t know tomato, tomato. It is very important to have it. It has anti-cancer benefits, cardiovascular protection benefits, insulin resistance protection. So it’s an antidiabetic as well as a neuroprotective and helping with obesity. So there are a lot of mechanisms of action of melatonin. So make sure that you’re making these simple lifestyle changes to get more melatonin in your life and in turn, protect your gut and protect a lot of other systems in your body. So. Thank you so much for watching and talking and listening about melatonin levels. And if you want to hear more, please let us know and tell us how to shoot us a message and let us know what you want to hear more of. We’ll talk to you soon. Take care. Bye bye.
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