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Probiotics and Prebiotics for Gut Health

It’s Important to Take Both Prebiotics and Probiotics – Learn Why

Perfect Pass Prebiotics & ProbioticsProbiotics ranked as the third most commonly used supplement in a study by the National Health Statistics Report. It’s not surprising, probiotic research has been at the forefront of preventative medicine and study for the past 5 years. We’ve learned the importance of gut health and how it influences every system in our body from our gastrointestinal tract to our neurotransmitters. We know we need to keep on top of our health by supplementing with probiotics from time to time, especially after going on antibiotics.  For some people probiotics are necessary on a daily basis to manage a GI condition. Just about everyone knows the importance of having good gut bacteria these days. What few people know about though, is the importance of prebiotics.

Prebiotics are the food for our good gut bacteria. It’s actually easier to grow the bacteria already in our gut, keep it strong, and increase our good gut bacteria by feeding it with prebiotics, also known as fiber.

What exactly are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics act as a “gut fertilizer” to feed the good gut bacteria in our GI Tract.  They are a type of indigestible fiber called oligosaccharides which are found in certain plant foods. Some of the plants that contain oligosaccharides are jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, onions, jicama and asparagus.

The recommended amount of this fiber is at least 25 grams every day.

If it seems difficult to get prebiotic fiber in your normal daily diet then you may want to consider taking a prebiotic supplement.

We recommend Perfect Pass Prebiotics to all of our clients taking probiotics. Over the past few years many of our clients were able to lower their dose of probiotics once they were taking Perfect Pass Prebiotics. This brand stands out from the others because it’s made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum, known as PHGG. Read More about the benefits of PHGG by clicking here. This type of prebiotic doesn’t cause any side effects and can be safely used by people who have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). It also reduces the symptoms in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Click Here to learn more.

It’s the perfect fertilizer for your good bacteria to grow.

If you haven’t used Perfect Pass Prebiotics yet, now is the time to try it. Pair it wth any probiotics you are taking to grow the numbers of good bacteria in your gut and increase their efficacy. We recommend the Combo Pack.

Feed Your Gut With Prebiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics, A perfect Combination for Good Gut Health

By now just about everyone knows that probiotics are good for your gut health. Having a strong immune system and good digestion is dependent upon having a large number of good, beneficial bacteria in your gut. But did you know that Prebiotics are beneficial for your gut?

Prebiotics are the easiest way to Feed the good Gut Bacteria.

That’s right, you need to take care of the good bacteria is by making sure they are well fed.

How do you Feed The Good Bacteria in Your Gut?

Prebiotic Fiber are a type of fiber called oligosaccharides. These oligosaccharides are found in foods like jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, onions and jicama.

You are supposed to get at least 25 grams of fiber every day.

Prebiotic fiber is necessary to feed the good gut bacteria.

What are the Foods which Contain Prebiotic Soluble Fiber?

  • Raw Dandelion Greens
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Raw asparagus
  • Leeks, Onions & Garlic

Click here to Read the top 5 Reasons you Should Be Taking Prebiotics.

While probiotic foods are essential for gut health and overall well-being, prebiotics help “feed” probiotics. By pairing these two together, you can achieve an even better result.

Sometimes it may hard to get Prebiotic Fiber in our normal daily diet and it’s necessary to supplement with prebiotics.

Perfect Pass Prebiotics are made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum, known as PHGG. This type of prebiotic is called a galactomannan. Hydrolyzed Guar Gum doesn’t cause any side effects that can be commonly associated with prebiotics.

If you are looking for a prebiotic derived from PHGG try taking Perfect Pass Prebiotic.

Perfect Pass Prebiotics is one of the only prebiotics that can be safely used by people who have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). It is the perfect fertilizer for your good bacteria to grow.

If you haven’t used Perfect Pass Probiotic yet, now is the time to try it. Pair it wth any probiotics you are taking to grow the numbers of good bacteria in your gut and increase their efficacy.

Click Here to read about how  PHGG helps those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, increases the concentration of good bacteria strains in the colon and helps reduce symptoms of acute diarrhea.

Dysbiosis – How Do You Know If You Have It?

DysbiosisDo you Know What Dysbiosis of the Gut is?

Dysbiosis is an imbalance in your gut flora caused by too few beneficial bacteria and an overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast, and/or parasites.

Dysbiosis can be caused by parasites, an overgrowth of yeast such as Candida albicans, or overgrowth of bad bacteria. When there is an imbalance of our gut organisms, a predominance of bad bacteria, the gut becomes out of balance. In healthy people, the immune system can be weakened by bad nutrition, chemical toxins, stress, food allergies, drugs, or poor diet. This allows the unfriendly organisms to multiply and slowly weaken your immune system.

Overtime, the intestinal wall, which is the protective mucous membrane, can start to leak, this is called intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” The toxic byproducts can now pass through the wall into the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. The immune system reacts by forming antibodies against these larger foreign invaders; in some people this can lead to autoimmune diseases.

What are the Common Causes of Dysbiosis?

Drugs: Antibiotics alter the intestinal flora and cause increased risk of overgrowth by opportunistic bacteria or fungi and antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) cause gastrointestinal mucosal inflammation and lesions leading to increased permeability of the gut. Oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), steroids (asthma medications or prednisone) can also cause overgrowth of unfriendly organisms by interrupting the balance in microflora.

Diet and digestion: Poor digestion caused by eating too quickly or through a lack of enzymes, contributes to overgrowth by providing additional food sources from undigested food particles. Diets high in alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and sugars provide nourishment for the yeast and fungal organisms.

What are the Health Consequences of Dysbiosis?

A leaky gut can lead to the production of antibodies by the immune system. The antibodies may get into various tissues and trigger inflammatory reactions when a particular food is consumed or the microbe is encountered. If this inflammation occurs in a joint, rheumatoid arthritis develops; if in the brain, myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome) is the result; in the blood vessels, vasculitis; in the gut, colitis or Crohn’s disease; in the lungs, asthma is triggered.

Dysbiosis and leaky gut can also cause the malabsorption of many important minerals and micronutrients. The inflammatory process damages can block the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids causing a deficiency.

What are the Symptoms that your Gut Bacteria is Out of Balance?

  • Bloating, flatulence, belching, and heartburn after meals
  • Feeling overly full after eating
  • Indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Ongoing yeast infections or intestinal parasite infections
  • Diarrhea and nausea after taking supplements
  • Chronic vaginal irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Stools that appear greasy
  • Dilated capillaries in the nose and cheeks
  • Iron deficiency
  • Skin that bruises easily
  • Acne and other skin irritations that aren’t caused by adolescence
  • Cracked or weak fingernails
  • Undigested food in stool
  • Get a Diagnosis

What Can You Do?

Take a home urine test for ‘Intestinal Permeability‘ from Genova Lab that will determine if you have Dysbiosis.

Treatment Options

There are three parts to treating dysbiosis: 1) restore the friendly organisms to the intestine, 2) starve out the bad organisms, and 3) kill off the unfriendly organisms with natural antimicrobial therapies.

1) Restore the friendly intestinal flora.

A bowel colonized with healthy organisms will maintain a proper pH, properly utilize vitamins, minerals, and proteins. It’s so important to feed the good bacteria with a probiotic. We recommend Perfect Pass Prebiotic  and Perfect Pass Probiotic.   

It’s a good idea to incorporate fermented fermented foods in your diet. Fermented foods include home made yogurt and kefir (cultured milk products), miso and tempeh (fermented soy foods), fermented vegetable juices, or sauerkraut.

2) Starve the unfriendly organisms.

Avoid consuming the foods that nourish and support the growth of candida and other yeast forms.

Avoid all sugars (including honey and maple syrup) and refined carbohydrates such as pasta, breads, pastries, white rice, noodles, etc. Also eliminate alcohol, fruit juices, processed meats, dried fruits, and malt products. Avoid eating or drinking any foods or beverages that you may be allergic or sensitive to.

Eat fresh fruits in moderation (up to 3 to 4 servings daily) You can freely eat vegetables, fish, and meats (hormone- and antibiotic-free), raw nuts and seeds.

Incorporating Digestive enzymes play an important role here, as well. Efficient digestion leaves less metabolic waste for the bad micro-organisms to feed on.

Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes work in two ways; they support healthy digestion when taken with meals and reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

3) Kill the unfriendly micro-organisms.

Candida and other yeasts and fungi can be killed with natural anti-fungal remedies, including essential oils, herbs and fatty acids

Oreganol is an excellent anti-fungal. So is O’Leave Olive leaf extract.  Grapefruit seed extract is also reported to have powerful antimicrobial activity. We recommend Citracidal Grapefruit Seed Extract.  Another good support for yeast overgrowth is Caprylic Acid, it’s derived from fatty acids of coconut oil.

Berberine is effective in the internal and topical treatment of candida. Studies show that berberine inhibited the growth of Candida albicans as well as 10 other fungi.

The dysbiosis protocol and diet should be followed for six to eight weeks. After this time keep your refined carbohydrates and sugars to a minimum and take probiotics and prebiotics on a regular basis. For the first year, repeat the dysbiosis protocol for a period of one month, every three to four months. Afterwards, repeat once or twice a year to maintain gut health throughout your life.

Diseases Associated with Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut

  • Crohn’s disease
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • ulcerative colitis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • diabetes
  • lupus
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • eczema
  • blepharitis (crusty, red eyelids)
  • bladder infections
  • psoriasis
  • sinusitis and allergies
  • multiple sclerosis
  • vitiligo

Check out a Natural Approach to Colitis Relief

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disorder that affects the large bowel or the colon. This disorder is the inflammation of the colon, which is responsible for gathering and storing excess waste from digestion. If you have colitis and want to treat it naturally, there are many options available to you.

Various circumstances may cause inflammation of the colon and result in colitis, such as an autoimmune disease, infection or an overgrowth of bad bacteria. The symptoms of colitis are typically sporadic and come and go with fairly long periods in-between flare-ups. Some patients will have no symptoms in between these periods of flare-ups.

What are the Symptoms of Colitis?

The first symptom of ulcerative colitis is a progressive loosening of the stool. The stool is generally bloody and may be associated with cramping, abdominal pain and severe urgency to use the bathroom. The diarrhea may begin slowly or quite suddenly.

Other symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue. In addition, there may be skin lesions, joint pain, eye inflammation, and liver disorders.

When young children have Ulcerative Colitis they may fail to develop or grow properly.

Approximately half of all patients with Ulcerative Colitis have mild symptoms. However, others may suffer with more severe symptoms such as abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea, nausea, and fever.

There are supplements that help with colitis like prebiotics and probiotics. Many of those suffering with Colitis have found that changing their diets has a significant impact on their symptoms  and flare-ups. Other people opt for natural treatments that compliment their treatment protocol described by their doctors.

Depending on how you manage your diet, the symptoms can range from intense to remission.

What Are Natural Ways You Can Manage Colitis?

Cutting down on refined carbohydrates. These are foods made with white flour and sugar. For recipe ideas check out  the The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook by Raman Prasad.

Avoiding foods that trigger an allergic response. Keep a food journal to write down what you are eating. Foods which typically are not agreeable for Colitis sufferers are wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs and GMO corn.

Eat a diet rich in prebiotic. Prebiotics grow the good bacteria in your gut. Try adding Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, garlic, onion, leeks and asparagus to your meals. If you want additional fiber you can easily supplement with Perfect Pass Prebiotic. Just add a scoop to water, juice or a smoothie daily.

Cut down on sugar or eliminate it completely. Supplement with honey, stevia, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, or xylitol.

Add a spore based probiotic to your daily routine. The imbalance of bacteria is thought to be a potential cause of Ulcerative Colitis. We recommend taking 2 capsules daily of Perfect Pass Probiotic to add in more good bacteria which crowds out the bad bacteria. Several studies have shown that probiotics help reduce the symptoms during flareups.

If your symptoms become severe, it is important for you to seek medical help. Persistent diarrhea, feelings of weakness, dehydration, and fever can all indicate serious concerns and you will want to be under a doctors care.

Glutathione is a Game Changer

Why is Glutathione so Important?

The brand name Reg´Activ® was created from the words “Active Regeneration.” This active regeneration is precisely what occurs when the patented probiotic Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3  produces and recycles Glutathione.

Glutathione is the “Master Antioxidant,” which is so important because it is used by every cell in the body.

Glutathione is touted by scientists as the “Master Antioxidant” for its crucial role in maintaining cellular health during daily exposure to free radicals, common environmental toxins and the effects of aging.

Lactobacillus fermentum ME–3 Supports the Body in 3 Areas

  • Maintaining a healthy immune system
  • Supporting the health of cardiovascular tissue
  • Promoting healthy liver function for detoxification

Lactobacillus fermentum ME probiotic is the potent strain in Reg’Activ Probiotic formulas.

There are three different Reg Active formulas to choose from. 

They all include the extremely effective probiotic strain Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3.

Click Here to watch Ross Pelton Explain why Glutathione is so important to live a long healthy life.

 

Each of the three different Reg’Activ formulas have added known beneficial ingredients which focus on these particular body functions, adding to the therapeutic doses of Lactobacillus fermentum ME – 3:

(1) Reg ’Activ – Immune & Vitality
(2) Reg ‘Activ Detox & Liver Health
(3) Reg ‘Activ Cardio Wellness

 

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