Promote Gut Health – IntelliScience

AltLife’s IntelliScience approach is designed to restore your
health by acting on the root causes that are impacting your
body’s ability to function healthily

Our gut health and various lifestyle diseases are closely linked. The bacteria in our gut play very important role in not only helping to absorb nutrients from the food we eat but also to provide assistance to almost all the other organs including brain, heart and liver to function smoothly. Damage to the gut microbiota by various factors leads to metabolic upset which in turn impacts various lifestyle diseases.

At AltLife, we take a two-pronged approach to address the root causes of your imbalanced gut health:

  1. Gut Repair to detoxify the gut by flushing unwanted elements out of the intestines and help in healing the body.
  2. Gut Restore to rebuild the colonies of beneficial gut bacteria and providing good quantities of micronutrients (minerals and vitamins).

Our programs integrate these goals with every aspect of your daily life that impacts your Gut Health.

Food & Nutrition

We nourish both body and mind to establish harmony. Powered by our AI based platform – ANA (AltLife NutriSmart AI) –
our meals are designed to ensure:

  • Inclusion of the right mix of macro & micro nutrients based on the AltLife Nutrition Approach (Gut Health focus) to rebalance our metabolism

  • Inclusion of prebiotics and probiotics to strengthen our gut microbiome

  • Inclusion of natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients and adaptogens to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation

  • Inclusion of completely organic, unprocessed & toxin-free ingredients to ensure no harmful chemicals and disguised High Fructose Corn Syrup and other harmful additives enter your system

  • Inclusion of the right amount of all essential nutrients to ensure good health and satisfy the respective Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI)

The program structure ensures that you eat at the right time of the day in sync with your body’s circadian rhythm and ensure effective cellular health maintenance.

Behavioural Science

We seamlessly track all the changes and progress
that your body undergoes in a convenient, effective manner –
with regular diagnostics and a highly intuitive app.

Any lifestyle solution is only as effective as it is sustainable. To drive adoption and deliver lasting changes to your lifestyle, every solution component has been thoughtfully reinforced with concepts from behavioural science.

Regular tracking and logging of activities is one such example. Observing continuous changes to your body creates a virtuous cycle of adherence and better outcomes.

Our regular diagnostic tests help you keep track of where you need to improve. At the same time, our early warning indicators help you proactively course correct.

The program structure ensures that you eat at the right time of the day in sync with your body’s circadian rhythm and ensure effective cellular health maintenance.

Gut Health Decoded

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand
the AltLife approach to improve Gut Health.

Gut health indicates the balance of variety and abundance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. A healthy balance of good bacterial strains (or eubiosis) is important for the proper functioning of the body’s activities. Any reduction in the number of good bacterial colonies may lead to increased bad bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ that can lead to several gastrointestinal disorders including Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), etc. Good bacteria like Lactobacter spp, Bifidobacterium spp, etc., help keep body-safe and immune from bad bacteria. Certain functions of a healthy gut are mentioned below:

  • Detoxifies the body by removing wastes
  • Breaks down complex food substances into simpler forms that are easy to be absorbed
  • Biosynthesizes various vitamins and amino acids (building blocks of proteins)
  • Helps metabolize therapeutics for better action
  • Stimulates the immune system and helps in the development of immune cells
  • Regulates emotions and behaviours by sending signals to the brain (gut-brain connection)
  • Improves sleep hygiene and fine-tunes body clock.
  • Promotes angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) and many more functions.

Apart from causing various bacterial diseases like pneumonia, meningitis, strep throat, food poisoning etc., the disrupted gut can cause nausea and vomiting and is responsible for many gastrointestinal complications including Leaky gut syndrome, Colitis, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Ischemic Bowel, gastroparesis, colonic perforation, etc. Upset metabolism due to gut health imbalance can also lead to metabolic syndrome and lifestyle diseases like obesity, heart and liver ailments, kidney malfunction, memory loss or confusion.

The major cause of gut health disruption is a reduction in the abundance and diversity of beneficial bacteria. This can happen because of various reasons like:

  • A bacterial infection (short-lived and curable) treated with anti-biotics or inflammation caused due to a variety of reasons listed below
  • Improper eating patterns like binge eating
  • High consumption of processed, packaged foods, refined carbs, trans fat, increased sugar intake or artificial sweeteners like aspartame etc. or snacking multiple times a day.
  • Chronically increasing stress
  • Regular consumption of certain drugs including antibiotics.
  • Sleeping disorders and/or unmanaged sleeping routines leading to disruption of the body clock.
  • Excess alcohol intake and/or smoking.
  • Other factors that may take a toll on gut health include high dairy consumption, overuse of drugs like laxative or antibiotics or anti-depressants, pregnancy, frequent exotic travel, oral contraceptive pills or hormonal changes.

Absolutely! With few efforts and tweaks in the daily routines, it is possible to restore the healthy gut balance. Gut is considered the second brain of the body and maintaining gut health should be of prime importance. With the introduction of probiotics (live culture of healthy gut bacteria) and prebiotics (dietary fibres) in the diet in prescribed quantities, the abundance and diversity of gut microflora can be restored. Including moderate levels of regular physical activity, trying to maintain a healthy sleeping schedule (6-8 hours of sleep), reducing stress by practising mindful meditation and yoga are proven methods to heal the gut. Getting used to a new eating plan and physical activity routines can surely pave a way for a healthy gut.

The goal of any lifestyle intervention to improve one’s gut health condition is primarily to regulate the levels of good bacteria in the intestines. Dietary modifications help in promoting colonization of healthy gut bacteria with the effective removal of toxins. Moderate physical activity levels have been researched to promote beneficial short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) synthesis along with enhanced carbohydrate metabolism. This helps in lowering blood glucose levels in lifestyle disease patients. Mindful meditation and yoga practices trigger the ‘rest and digest’ response in the body and even to some extent helps in alleviating symptoms of digestive disorders like IBS, etc. Even though the response of lifestyle changes on gut health can be different for different individuals, the effects are certain and some tweaks in daily routines are way better than popping pills for better health.

Our body likes to be in a state of equilibrium, ensuring good health, called Homeostasis. Our central nervous system (Brain and Spine) constantly gets inputs from different parts of the body and responds with direction on the right action to take.

BALANCED METABOLIC PROCESSES

  • Maintenance of blood sugar levels at the appropriate levels (counterbalance between insulin & glucagon)
  • Regulating how much we eat to ensure we only consume adequate levels of food (leptin feedback loop)
  • Cleansing the metabolic by-products that impact health, if present (arterial plaque, beta amyloid deposits in the brain)
  • Well-functioning Thyroid gland that plays a role in optimum metabolism

OPTIMUM CELLULAR HEALTH & FUNCTION

  • Healthy cellular membranes (membranes of the cell, nucleus, & mitochondria)
  • Optimizing for Mitochondrial health & function (energy generation process)
  • Controlling chronic inflammation and managing oxidative stress (Reactive Oxygen Species caused damage)
  • Recycling old/weak cells and generation of new cells (autophagy)
  • Measuring cellular function/efficiency and if function is reducing beyond an extent, invoking cell suicide (apoptosis)

STRONG DEFENCE CAPABILITY

  • Efficient & effective immune system that helps the body deal with harmful pathogens (viruses, bacteria) and toxins
  • Stem cell availability to help with repair of key organs in case of damage
  • Preserving DNA sanctity and reduction in loss of fidelity and function in newer cells
  • Presence of the beneficial bacterial species in our gut (gut microbiome)
  • Ensuring the right levels of circulatory system capability (angiogenesis)

Every day we make choices – some bad and some good. However, over the years when we keep making bad choices, we end up challenging our body’s ability in ensuring good health. While the body does its best to ensure issues are resolved, over the years these issues pile up and affect our three vital functions which in turn manifest as various lifestyle conditions:

1. Imbalance in the Metabolic Processes

Over time, due to the wrong food choices we made, we start producing more glucose than we require. Glucose production is directly linked to what we eat and the extent of stress we face. Our body starts producing more and more insulin – the glucose regulator, to take care of the excess glucose. A constant excess production of insulin in the body leads to a decrease in sensitivity towards insulin. This condition is called “Insulin Resistance (IR)”.

Insulin Resistance(IR) leads to the creation of a vicious cycle, where, to compensate for the loss in sensitivity, the body produces more insulin thereby further decreasing its efficiency in glucose regulation. Over time, this leads to a conversion of the extra glucose into fat which drives obesity. Another major factor in developing IR is the lack of adequate physical activity. Having more muscle mass helps in the absorption of excess glucose and hence arrests development of IR.

Our liver does the bulk of heavy lifting in processing the food we ingest and converting the extra glucose to fats. With more glucose getting converted to fats, the liver starts accumulating some of this fat and this leads to excess fat depositions in the liver. This condition is called ‘Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease’.

A combination of reduced flexibility of our vasculature and factors that increase the blood volume drives onset of high blood pressure. This gets impacted by obesity and in turn has an impact on cardio-vascular disease. Lack of adequate physical activity also impacts this condition.

Our lifestyle choices also lead to increases in the small/dense LDL & triglycerides, while the protective HDL in our blood reduces. In addition, lack of appropriate nutrients in our diet, results in increasing inflammation in the body by the reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are byproducts of our energy production cycle which react with the small/dense LDL and lead to arterial plaque. This over time increases our cardio-vascular risks.

While all this is happening our blood sugar could still be in control, but the metabolic imbalance would have already started. As this continues, the IR worsens, and our pancreas maxes out on the amount of Insulin it can produce. This is when we eventually get diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes due to the rising blood sugar levels.

Higher insulin resistance also impacts cleansing of the metabolic by-products – beta amyloid and tau protein in the brain. Over time, it impacts the nutrition of our neurons and leads to decline in our cognitive capabilities and could develop into Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Lack of adequate and quality sleep also impacts the cleansing of metabolic waste from our bodies.

Metabolic & hormonal imbalances including insulin resistance are also at play in the onset of PCOS.

2. Reduced Cellular Health & Function

Our cellular health and function depend a lot on the right mix of nutrients we consume. In the absence of the right nutrient mix, various building blocks of the cell and the human body do not function properly.

Our cell and mitochondrial membranes play a critical role in cellular health and function. These are bi-lipid membranes made of fat. In the absence of the right quantity and quality of fats and other nutrients, the membranes do not form properly and hence do not function at optimum levels.

Our DNA, genome and epigenome also play a critical role. In the absence of the right nutrients, as cells replicate, there is a loss in the fidelity and function of the epigenome. This eventually leads to an increased risk of losing the genome sanctity, giving rise to mutations, and hence to higher susceptibility to disease.

Our cellular health also has an indirect role in impacting our metabolism.

 3. Weakened Body Defense Mechanisms

Our immune system which forms the core of our defense mechanism, comprises various defense departments such as Macrophages, Natural Killer Cells, T Cells etc. It is critical in ensuring our body can fight against dangerous pathogens while also dealing with damaging toxins. It is imperative that we develop, nurture and maintain a high level of immunity to protect us against diseases and maintain good health. Lack of adequate nutrients impacts our immunity.

Stem cells play a critical role in re-building of the various cellular components. Without the right nutrition, our ability to maintain and nurture stem cells is compromised. This reduces our ability to fight diseases and repair damages.

Our body is a host to trillions of good bacteria. Most of these reside in our gut. The presence of the right diversity and density of gut bacteria plays a significant role in the quality of our metabolism and in ensuring a good emotional balance. However, without the right nutrients and with exposure to harmful toxins (includes antibiotics), this balance in our gut microbiome gets impacted, thereby affecting our metabolism.

Gut health indicates the balance of variety and abundance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. A healthy balance of good bacterial strains (or eubiosis) is important for the proper functioning of the body’s activities. Any reduction in the number of good bacterial colonies may lead to increased bad bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ that can lead to several gastrointestinal disorders including Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), etc. Good bacteria like Lactobacter spp, Bifidobacterium spp, etc., help keep body-safe and immune from bad bacteria. Certain functions of a healthy gut are mentioned below:

  • Detoxifies the body by removing wastes
  • Breaks down complex food substances into simpler forms that are easy to be absorbed
  • Biosynthesizes various vitamins and amino acids (building blocks of proteins)
  • Helps metabolize therapeutics for better action
  • Stimulates the immune system and helps in the development of immune cells
  • Regulates emotions and behaviours by sending signals to the brain (gut-brain connection)
  • Improves sleep hygiene and fine-tunes body clock.
  • Promotes angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels) and many more functions.

Apart from causing various bacterial diseases like pneumonia, meningitis, strep throat, food poisoning etc., the disrupted gut can cause nausea and vomiting and is responsible for many gastrointestinal complications including Leaky gut syndrome, Colitis, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Ischemic Bowel, gastroparesis, colonic perforation, etc. Upset metabolism due to gut health imbalance can also lead to metabolic syndrome and lifestyle diseases like obesity, heart and liver ailments, kidney malfunction, memory loss or confusion.

The major cause of gut health disruption is a reduction in the abundance and diversity of beneficial bacteria. This can happen because of various reasons like:

  • A bacterial infection (short-lived and curable) treated with anti-biotics or inflammation caused due to a variety of reasons listed below
  • Improper eating patterns like binge eating
  • High consumption of processed, packaged foods, refined carbs, trans fat, increased sugar intake or artificial sweeteners like aspartame etc. or snacking multiple times a day.
  • Chronically increasing stress
  • Regular consumption of certain drugs including antibiotics.
  • Sleeping disorders and/or unmanaged sleeping routines leading to disruption of the body clock.
  • Excess alcohol intake and/or smoking.
  • Other factors that may take a toll on gut health include high dairy consumption, overuse of drugs like laxative or antibiotics or anti-depressants, pregnancy, frequent exotic travel, oral contraceptive pills or hormonal changes.

Absolutely! With few efforts and tweaks in the daily routines, it is possible to restore the healthy gut balance. Gut is considered the second brain of the body and maintaining gut health should be of prime importance. With the introduction of probiotics (live culture of healthy gut bacteria) and prebiotics (dietary fibres) in the diet in prescribed quantities, the abundance and diversity of gut microflora can be restored. Including moderate levels of regular physical activity, trying to maintain a healthy sleeping schedule (6-8 hours of sleep), reducing stress by practising mindful meditation and yoga are proven methods to heal the gut. Getting used to a new eating plan and physical activity routines can surely pave a way for a healthy gut.

The goal of any lifestyle intervention to improve one’s gut health condition is primarily to regulate the levels of good bacteria in the intestines. Dietary modifications help in promoting colonization of healthy gut bacteria with the effective removal of toxins. Moderate physical activity levels have been researched to promote beneficial short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) synthesis along with enhanced carbohydrate metabolism. This helps in lowering blood glucose levels in lifestyle disease patients. Mindful meditation and yoga practices trigger the ‘rest and digest’ response in the body and even to some extent helps in alleviating symptoms of digestive disorders like IBS, etc. Even though the response of lifestyle changes on gut health can be different for different individuals, the effects are certain and some tweaks in daily routines are way better than popping pills for better health.

Our body likes to be in a state of equilibrium, ensuring good health, called Homeostasis. Our central nervous system (Brain and Spine) constantly gets inputs from different parts of the body and responds with direction on the right action to take.

BALANCED METABOLIC
PROCESSES

  • Maintenance of blood sugar levels at the appropriate levels (counterbalance between insulin & glucagon)
  • Regulating how much we eat to ensure we only consume adequate levels of food (leptin feedback loop)
  • Cleansing the metabolic by-products that impact health, if present (arterial plaque, beta amyloid deposits in the brain)
  • Well-functioning Thyroid gland that plays a role in optimum metabolism

OPTIMUM CELLULAR HEALTH
& FUNCTION

  • Healthy cellular membranes (membranes of the cell, nucleus, & mitochondria)
  • Optimizing for Mitochondrial health & function (energy generation process)
  • Controlling chronic inflammation and managing oxidative stress (Reactive Oxygen Species caused damage)
  • Recycling old/weak cells and generation of new cells (autophagy)
  • Measuring cellular function/efficiency and if function is reducing beyond an extent, invoking cell suicide (apoptosis)

STRONG DEFENCE
CAPABILITY

  • Efficient & effective immune system that helps the body deal with harmful pathogens (viruses, bacteria) and toxins
  • Stem cell availability to help with repair of key organs in case of damage
  • Preserving DNA sanctity and reduction in loss of fidelity and function in newer cells
  • Presence of the beneficial bacterial species in our gut (gut microbiome)
  • Ensuring the right levels of circulatory system capability (angiogenesis)

Every day we make choices – some bad and some good. However, over the years when we keep making bad choices, we end up challenging our body’s ability in ensuring good health. While the body does its best to ensure issues are resolved, over the years these issues pile up and affect our three vital functions which in turn manifest as various lifestyle conditions:

1. Imbalance in the Metabolic Processes

Over time, due to the wrong food choices we made, we start producing more glucose than we require. Glucose production is directly linked to what we eat and the extent of stress we face. Our body starts producing more and more insulin – the glucose regulator, to take care of the excess glucose. A constant excess production of insulin in the body leads to a decrease in sensitivity towards insulin. This condition is called “Insulin Resistance (IR)”.

Insulin Resistance(IR) leads to the creation of a vicious cycle, where, to compensate for the loss in sensitivity, the body produces more insulin thereby further decreasing its efficiency in glucose regulation. Over time, this leads to a conversion of the extra glucose into fat which drives obesity. Another major factor in developing IR is the lack of adequate physical activity. Having more muscle mass helps in the absorption of excess glucose and hence arrests development of IR.

Our liver does the bulk of heavy lifting in processing the food we ingest and converting the extra glucose to fats. With more glucose getting converted to fats, the liver starts accumulating some of this fat and this leads to excess fat depositions in the liver. This condition is called ‘Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease’.

A combination of reduced flexibility of our vasculature and factors that increase the blood volume drives onset of high blood pressure. This gets impacted by obesity and in turn has an impact on cardio-vascular disease. Lack of adequate physical activity also impacts this condition.

Our lifestyle choices also lead to increases in the small/dense LDL & triglycerides, while the protective HDL in our blood reduces. In addition, lack of appropriate nutrients in our diet, results in increasing inflammation in the body by the reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS are byproducts of our energy production cycle which react with the small/dense LDL and lead to arterial plaque. This over time increases our cardio-vascular risks.

While all this is happening our blood sugar could still be in control, but the metabolic imbalance would have already started. As this continues, the IR worsens, and our pancreas maxes out on the amount of Insulin it can produce. This is when we eventually get diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes due to the rising blood sugar levels.

Higher insulin resistance also impacts cleansing of the metabolic by-products – beta amyloid and tau protein in the brain. Over time, it impacts the nutrition of our neurons and leads to decline in our cognitive capabilities and could develop into Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Lack of adequate and quality sleep also impacts the cleansing of metabolic waste from our bodies.

Metabolic & hormonal imbalances including insulin resistance are also at play in the onset of PCOS.

2. Reduced Cellular Health & Function

Our cellular health and function depend a lot on the right mix of nutrients we consume. In the absence of the right nutrient mix, various building blocks of the cell and the human body do not function properly.

Our cell and mitochondrial membranes play a critical role in cellular health and function. These are bi-lipid membranes made of fat. In the absence of the right quantity and quality of fats and other nutrients, the membranes do not form properly and hence do not function at optimum levels.

Our DNA, genome and epigenome also play a critical role. In the absence of the right nutrients, as cells replicate, there is a loss in the fidelity and function of the epigenome. This eventually leads to an increased risk of losing the genome sanctity, giving rise to mutations, and hence to higher susceptibility to disease.

Our cellular health also has an indirect role in impacting our metabolism.

 3. Weakened Body Defense Mechanisms

Our immune system which forms the core of our defense mechanism, comprises various defense departments such as Macrophages, Natural Killer Cells, T Cells etc. It is critical in ensuring our body can fight against dangerous pathogens while also dealing with damaging toxins. It is imperative that we develop, nurture and maintain a high level of immunity to protect us against diseases and maintain good health. Lack of adequate nutrients impacts our immunity.

Stem cells play a critical role in re-building of the various cellular components. Without the right nutrition, our ability to maintain and nurture stem cells is compromised. This reduces our ability to fight diseases and repair damages.

Our body is a host to trillions of good bacteria. Most of these reside in our gut. The presence of the right diversity and density of gut bacteria plays a significant role in the quality of our metabolism and in ensuring a good emotional balance. However, without the right nutrients and with exposure to harmful toxins (includes antibiotics), this balance in our gut microbiome gets impacted, thereby affecting our metabolism.