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In Australia, ‘enterosorbents’ may be a term some healthcare professionals have never heard of and they may be unaware how using intestinal absorbents as part of their care plan could accelerate results and minimise side effects.  In Eastern Europe, use of Enterosorbents is common practice in surgical applications, general medical care and with allied healthcare professionals.  Here I discuss a few points as to why intestinal adsorbents can be a wise adjuvant to the recommendations your presently giving your patients.

Enterosorbents function in the gut to absorb (soak up) or adsorb (bind onto the outer layer) certain particles, and once irreversibly bound to the sorbent these particles pass through the colon and out of the body.  If the enterosorbent was not present, these particles would remain as free molecules that are capable of crossing the bowel wall and entering the body’s bloodstream and tissues.  An effective enterosorbent will irreversibly bind to toxins or pathogens in the gut lumen and allow them to be carried out of the body the natural way with the stool.

Some are carbon based (the best known being Activated Charcoal) and others are silica based (Enterosgel®, Clinoptilolite) and all have a porous structure so they act like microscopic sponges. Based on their molecular structure, each Enterosorbent will function to absorb particles of different molecular weights. 

Some will only attract and bind to chemicals and heavy metals (inorganic particles) whereas others will also bind to organic matter such as bacteria, viruses and fungus. Some will also bind radioactive nucleotides and remove them from the body.

Enterosorbents can absorb a range of metabolites, neurotransmitters and endotoxins too, but only once they’ve been excreted into the gut, and this is where these products can give a practitioner the biggest leg up. 

Bacterial endotoxins released from gram negative bacteria in particular, and endotoxins made from other opportunistic flora are naturally absorbed from the gut through the bowel wall and can give rise to symptoms in the body. By using an enterosorbent to bind and remove these endotoxins can help patients feel well faster. This is a huge advantage to those practitioners working with dysbiotic die-off, using antibiotics, (or when addressing gut dysfunction stemming from antibiotic use) or when altering gut flora through healthier eating.

Some enterosorbents, can reduce the recycling of elevated levels of histamine, IgA, alcohol and urea too and can be tracked via blood tests.

It’s very important to find a sorbent that won’t cause damage to the mucosal lining of the gut, will cause minimal upset to your microflora (and instead leave it there to flourish) or micronutrient uptake, and that won’t interfere with supplements, herbal preparations or medications that a patient may be also taking.   Better still if it has been trialled for use long term and is safe for expectant mothers, while breastfeeding and for use on babies and children.  Also, I recommend you look for one that is easy to take and fast acting, free of any allergens or other nasties.

I have found using enterosorbents highly effective for those who are too chemically sensitive to use chelating supplements, whose difficulties in detoxing make them excrete through their skin rather than their liver and kidneys. For these people, enterosorbents can work gently and effectively without leaving the GIT (and not entering the body’s bloodstream, organs or tissues) and without adding more toxic load to the elimination organs.