How Shilajit May Support Good Gut Health

Considering how through Shilajit gut health is able to be improved, there are some fascinating research points to consider.

Looking only at gut health from a chemical balance perspective for the moment, rather than exclusively from the probiotic and prebiotic dimensions of gut health, there are some interesting results for how this amazing resin plays a part.

The Shilajit Gut Health Connections

We all know that the gut is the most critical part of our body. It not only helps with digestion, but also aids in absorbing nutrients, and protects us from harmful bacteria. Without this part of the human puzzle we would clearly be lost.

The gut needs a balance of acids and minerals to function properly, this we are well aware of. But what we don’t know is that there is a way to get these minerals from the ground.

Yes! Even with the impacts of chemical fertilisers and poor commercial agricultural practices that have depleted our soils over the past decades.

Shilajit is an Ayurvedic medicine which is rich in minerals. It can be used as an aid for digestion and boosting your immune system. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s also loaded with essential acids; more on that a little later.

With what is probably best described as the increasing prevalence of high-stress lifestyles and poor diet, we are seeing an alarming decline in good gut health. When it comes to living a healthy life, a healthy gut is essential.

This decline in good gut health can largely be attributed to:

  1. Increased intake of processed and unhealthy foods,
  2. Less time for exercise and relaxation, and
  3. Taking antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines which reduce the production of digestive acids in your stomach.

But gut health is not just about a balance in your good gut bacteria. Acids have a key part to play too.

Acids in the Stomach

Your stomach is home to a pretty intense mix of acids. With a natural pH of somewhere between 1 and 2, the strength of stomach acid can be more potent than some industrially produced acids.

Stomach acid consists primarily of a mixture of hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, and sodium chloride. [1]

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To be clear, we are talking about the natural acidic state of the stomach which enables it to break down food in the digestion process. This is not to say that your body is in an acidic state, nor that having a pH of between 1 and 2 in your stomach acid is something to try and neutralize to convert to an alkaline.

The alkalizing foods and alkaline diet topics are totally different conversation points at this stage.

What we are looking at here is when the pH balance in the gut is thrown into a level that is not good for you.

Acid can build up in the stomach in a way that results in tissue damage including ulceration. This is normally the result of the pH levels in the stomach moving to between 0 and 1, which is not ideal.

Conversely, shifting to a weaker acidic state in your stomach acid (e.g. a pH of 2 to 3, or higher on the numeric scale shown above) can contribute to a range of digestive issues.

Shilajit Gut Health through Acids

Studies competed which looked at how the stomach responded under an aqueous administration of Mumijo (another name for Shilajit) when exposed to the harmful effects of acetic acid revealed interesting results.

It was found that the acetic acid had triggered ulcerations as a reaction to exposure to the acid. The aqueous administration of Mumijo in this had inhibitory effects and provided protection against mucosal damage.

The study concluded that peptic ulcers may be able to be effectively dealt with through the potent antiulcer properties and activity of this resin. [2]

The effects observed were largely attributed to the active constituent in the resin, which is also echoed through similar studies into the properties of Fulvic Acid found in Mumijo. [3]

Other studies have looked at the positive effects of Benzoic Acid found in it which has been linked to having anti-microbial properties. This is a Shilajit which is of the same origin as the one we offer through the shop on our website. [4, 5]

Benzoic Acid’s anti-microbial properties are also suggested to support the digestive system through reducing the potential for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). [6, 7]

How this miracle resin supports good gut health here is understood to be that it can strengthen the gut biome through Fulvic Acid’s ability to influence the redox state.

This is where there is a shift in electrons and a change in the oxidisation state with atoms, ions, or certain atoms in a molecule. [8]

Conclusion

We live in an age where so many things around us are unnatural. From the food we eat to the environment we live in, it is becoming predominantly artificial. This has led to the microbiome of our body becoming unbalanced. Shilajit is an answer to this problem, helping your body to get back to its natural state.

As a very special Ayurvedic substance (considered by some to be a herb) which has been used for thousands of years in India, it is a gift from the mountains. Apart from essential acids it is rich in many different minerals including:

  • Silicon,
  • Calcium,
  • Magnesium,
  • Potassium,
  • Iron,
  • Copper,
  • Zinc,
  • Manganese,
  • Phosphorous,
  • Selenium, and
  • Chromium.

It has been known to strengthen the immune system, lower cholesterol, improve energy levels and help with digestion. Using Shilajit to improve gut health is widely relied upon by people all over the world.

References

  1. “How Strong Is Stomach Acid?” – K. Holland, 2 October 2020 [Healthline]
  2. “Ulcer healing activity of Mumijo aqueous extract against acetic acid induced gastric ulcer in rats” – N. Shahrokhi, Z. Keshavarzi, M. Khaksari, January 2015 [PubMed]
  3. “Effects of Na-FA on gastrointestinal movement and gastric ulcer in mice” – Y. Li, B. Li, P. Li, J. Liu, J. Cui, Z. Mei, October 2011 [PubMed]
  4. “Compound Summary – Benzoic Acid” – PubChem, 16 September 2004 [PubChem]
  5. “Anti-Microbial, Anti-Oxidant and Anti-Ulcerogenic Effects of Shilajit on Gastric Ulcer in Rats” in the American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology – M. K. Kotb-El-Sayed, H. Amin, A. Al-kaf, January 2012 [ReseachGate]
  6. “Inflammatory bowel disease: Progress and current concepts of etiopathogenesis” – F. Scaldaferri, C. Fiocchi, December 2007 [ResearchGate]
  7. “Gut Microbiota and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Insights on Mechanism and Application of Metabolomics” – X. He, G. Ji, W. Jai, H. Li, 15 March 2016 [PubMed]
  8. “Therapeutic Potential of Fulvic Acid in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases and Diabetes” – J. Winkler, S. Ghosh, 10 September 2018 [PubMed]
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About the Author

Matthew has been on an active journey towards living a healthy life from a young age. Influenced by his Grandmother, a practicing Naturopath in the 1940's, his views on living holistically were shaped from a young age. Growing up in different parts of Australia, his connection with the Ocean and a passion for sustainability comes through in everything he does and shares.

4 thoughts on “How Shilajit May Support Good Gut Health”

  1. Interesting article… How do you determine your stomach’s pH level?

    I suffer from IBS and acid reflux issues, so introducing Shilajit into my diet may be beneficial…

  2. Thank you for your feedback, Sam.

    The way to check the pH of the stomach can be complicated, and there are simpler ways too. As the response would be quite expansive, I’ve put an article together to help give you a few starting points to dig deeper into. It looks at various ways of stomach acid testing. You may find that what is covered here helps with the importance of seeking assistance in evaluating the cause of reflux too.

    This is by no means medical advice, so if you feel that the concerns you have warrant support in this area, I would suggest you seek out a trusted medical professional in your area to assist you.

    As far as how Shilajit could support IBS and/or reflux, you’ll need to consult a specialist about this specifically so they can evaluate your entire situation rather than looking at something in isolation.

    Triggers for reflux that might be reduced through Shilajit could include aspirin, but beyond that the peer reviewed research is still quite light.

    IBS features as a point of consideration in this study with the primary consideration being that everything the human body is connected, and IBS needs to be looked at holistically.

    I hope this helps you.

  3. Thanks for the response, Matthew…

    I’ve just seen you posted a new article on this, so I’ll give that a read too (though I think I’ll wait until after lunch lol)…

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