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Prebiotics and Butyrate

Prebiotics and  Butyrate What’s the Connection?

Prebiotics and Butyrate diagram

We used to think that the total surface of our digestive tract was about the size of a tennis court. Now, we know better …that’s been corrected. NIH study shows it to be the size of half a badminton court. With that said, it’s curious to note that there’s only one single layer of cells that separates our gut from the rest of our bodily function.

It’s very important to realize that the primary constituents that keep this very important cell layer alive are known as a short-chain fatty acid by the name of butyrate.

Butyrate is what our beneficial flora makes from the soluble fiber we take in.

So what happens, in essence, is that we feed the beneficial flora in our gut, and then the beneficial bacteria, in turn, help to feed us by keeping our digestive tract healthy.

Our good gut bacteria thrive on the soluble fiber or prebiotics that we ingest and the good bacteria provide the vital energy source for the cells that line our gut.

Now, what about bad bacteria?

We have to address the issue that there are bad bacteria all around as well. The more they proliferate, the sicker we become. The challenge we face it to consistently keep lots of the good bacteria around but at the same time get rid of the bad or pathogenic bacteria

The way our good flora tell our immune system that they’re helpful and beneficial bacteria, and not bad bacteria, is by butyrate signals. Clinical rsearch has shown us how butyrate is able to suppresses inflammatory reaction and how butyrate instructs our immune system to calms down.

When butyrate levels are low, our immune system doesn’t know this and is therefore unable to stop their attack on bacteria.

When we don’t fuel the growth of good bacteria with enough fiber, we don’t produce enough butyrate. Hypothetically, we could have lots of good bacteria, however, if we fail to feed them with fiber, they don’t make butyrate.

Unfortunately when our body senses low levels of butyrate, it mistakenly thinks that our gut is filled with bad bacteria and responds accordingly. What happens is that our human body may mistake low fiber intake for having a population of bad bacteria in our gut.

In reality, our human body has evolved over millions of years, all the time getting massive fiber intake. Our body doesn’t recognize modern day, processed foods which sorely lack soluble fiber, the very fuel needed for butyrate production.

For all this time, low butyrate has implied bad bacteria, so that’s the reason our body goes into an inflammatory offensive response.

You can prevent this from happening by making sure that you take an excellent source of prebiotic soluble fiber on a daily basis. It’s critical for butyrate production to support optimal health.

Butyrate: Feeding the Gut and Beyond for Animal Health

5 Reasons to Take Prebiotics

Our gut health is the cornerstone of a strong healthy body, immune system and optimal brain function. Supplementing our diet with probiotics is good for keeping our bacteria in balance. We want an abundance of good bacteria to crowd out the bad bacteria. Prebiotics are the best way to feed to your good bacteria.

While it’s very important to take prebiotics to feed our probiotics, there’s compelling new research showing that prebiotics benefit our systems in many other ways.

Prebiotics have now become an important consideration in maintaining gut health.

Five Reasons You Should be Taking Prebiotics

  • Reduces Food Cravings
  • Intestinal Health – prebiotics increase bulk in stools & shorten the transit time in the intestines
  • Reduces Inflammation – encourages the growth of good gut bacteria which reduces symptoms associated with IBS, Crohn’s and IBD
  • Lowers Cholesterol – aids in the break down of cholesterol in the GI tract.
  • Strengthens Immune System – provides food for probiotics which increases good gut bugs.

Let’s talk about the benefit that prebiotics help with food cravings.

Recently Dr. Oz interviewed Dr. Frank Lipman who told us much more about this and how it actually works.

Dr. Lipman is considered a pioneer in functional and integrative medicine who has helped thousands of people increase their energy by combining modern medicine with alternative medicine.

Dr. Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and an author of many New York Times-bestselling books.

Dr. Frank Lipman on why you should take prebioticsThere is an exciting new body of research from a 2016 study done by the University of Glasgow which shows that chemicals produced in the colon when eating fiber effect food cravings. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) produced through fermentation of non-digestible carbohydrates in the gut have a positive metabolic impact on our appetite. 

This study shows how fiber can help with the most common barrier to weight loss..food cravings! Click Here to see the full interview.

Just as all probiotics are not the same, not all prebiotics are the same. The prebiotic that we like the best is PHGG. That stands for Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum.

Why PHGG

This prebiotic fiber is unique in comparison to other non galactomannan based fibers.

A prebiotic fiber is one that produces “short chain fatty acids” (SCFA) in the gut. The rate of production of SCFA’s is very important. They are produced via a fermentation process. If the fermentation happens rapidly (like inulin and others) the result is a lot of physically uncomfortable bloating and socially uncomfortable flatulence.

The fermentation process of PHGG is extremely slow in comparison to other fibers, so there is much more time to produce a higher total amount of SCFA’s and they are produced slowly, so there is much less gas and discomfort.

In a twelve week study done by The Department of Gastroenterology, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Israel in 2016  the results showed that PHGG helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with increases in the concentration of bifidobacterium and lactobacilli species and increases short-chain fatty acids in the colon. It also showed to have a positive effect on reducing blood cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels and reducing acute diarrhea.

More about Short Chain Fatty Acids

There are basically three main types of Short Chain Fatty Acids – SCFA.

They are Acetates, Propionates, and Butyrates.

Of the 3 types of SCFA, the acetates and propionates are beneficial, but they tend to transfer through the walls of the intestine and get metabolized in muscle or liver.

Its only the Butyrates that remain in the digestive system and act as a food, energy source for the beneficial microflora.

If you are looking for a prebiotic derived from PHGG try taking Perfect Pass Prebiotic. It’s the best way to insure you are getting the most out of your probiotics. Right now take 15% off PerfectPass Probiotic when you buy it together with PerfectPass Prebiotic

 

Prebiotics & Probiotics Both are Necessary

Prebiotics and Probiotics; Why both are Necessary

We all know now how important good bacteria in our gut is.

We need to grow them, nurture them and sometimes even have them measured to see whether we have enought, and if they are out of balance it, we may have an over abundance of bad bacteria.

One thing, for sure we know now, good bacteria that gets destroyed by antibiotics and bad diet.

There is something positive we can do now, and that is grow our Microbiome and nurture it.

How Can We Grow Our Microbiome?

We can grow our microbiome by taking human strain probiotics, i.e. adding new bacteria that survive the stomach acid..

We can nurture our bacteria by feeding it to increase the numbers. Yes, that’s right, we can feed our bacteria. This helps them grow strong and multiply. 

Ond of the best ways to help our bacteria is by providing the medium that encourages them to grow – i.e. feeding them with prebiotics.

This combination, is known as synergy.

Synergy is created when these two supplements, prebiotics and probiotics, are taken together and this is one of the best ways to create strong, diverse bacteria strains in your gut.

Both can help us get rid of bad bacteria by overcrowding it with the good.

Dr Oz interviewed Dr. Axe who talked about incorporating these synergistic foods into our diet through fermented foods combined with fiber.

The fermented foods are the prebiotics, i.e. soluble fiber, that acts like a fertilizer which makes them stronger.

In a perfect world, we’d all have the time to create our own fermented foods and incorporate them naturally into our diet.

We all know that this is easier said then done. Sometimes we need to supplement our diet because of a lack of time and product availability.  Thats where a probiotics supplement and prebiotic supplement come in.

What about ‘ready to buy’ products?

You may be noticing a wide variety of products on the market which contain both probiotics and fiber. Research shows that ‘ready to buy’ probiotics which are infused with prebiotics, such as drinks and dairy products contain sugar .

Microbiologist, Kiran Krishnan, Head of Scientific Affairs for Thrive Probiotic, Park Ridge, IL says that sugar is one of the biggest disruptors of gut ecology.

Alsom he says that many people suffering with imbalance may be sensitive to dairy products. 

According to Krishna’s research, “many fermented beverages don’t necessarily contain clinically relevant dosages of probiotics, making them a more passive option for addressing bacterial imbalance.”

He talks about the importance of factors involved in maintaining the shelf stability of the probiotics as well as which strains are selected for use. These key factors determine just how viable these microbes are once they end up in your gut.

You can get the most out of your probiotics buy adding a prebiotic.

Right now when you purchase our Perfect Pass Prebiotic you will receive 10% off our probiotics by  Dr. Ohhira, VSL, Visbiome or Primal Defense. 

If you haven’t used Perfect Pass Probiotic yet, now is the time to try it.

We are offering 15 % off our Perfect Pass Probiotic when you purchase it along with Perfect Pass Prebiotic.

3 Reasons to Add Prebiotics to Your Daily Diet

Did you know that it’s recommended to get prebiotic soluble fiber in your diet every day?

When you take probiotics you really have to make sure you are feeding them as well.

Probiotics feed on and grow on prebiotic soluble fiber.

How can you add prebiotics soluble fiber to your diet?

  • Through whole uncooked plants such as chicory, jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onion and leeks
  • Through fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and home made yogurt

Truthfully, though, most people don’t eat these foods on a daily basis.

That leaves the third method of getting necessary soluble fiber and that’s through a daily supplement.

According to a study by the Stanford Medical School, if we don’t get enough soluble fiber every day to feed our bacteria, the bacteria will obtain it on their own through breaking down the cells that form the tight junction in our intestinal lining. That’s right, they will start devouring these cells.

What happens when we don’t get enough Prebiotic Fiber?

Leaky Gut. This is when gut impermeability happens. Basically, harmful toxins from the foods we eat go into our bloodstream and cause us to feel sick by triggering an inflammatory response in our body.

What are the three reasons to supplement with Prebiotic Fiber?

1. An Increase in Healthful Bacteria

  • Selective stimulation of the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of intestinal bacteria associated with health and well-being
  • Resistance to gastric acidity and digestive enzymes, which enables prebiotic soluble fiber to survive until it gets to the large intestine
  • Fermentation (digestion) by intestinal bacteria

Research shows  that supplementing with a variety of dietary soluble fibers types results in increases in Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus, or both. These and other healthful bacteria improve health in a variety of ways.

By feeding on prebiotic soluble fiber, their primary food source, they increase in number and metabolic activity, which as a result produces short-chain fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and bacteriocins.

Short-chain fatty acids do a number of significant things:

  • One type of short-chain fatty acid feeds the cells that make up the gut lining, helping to keep the cells healthy and thus supporting their barrier function. This type of short-chain fatty acid also regulates these cells’ growth and differentiation—factors that may contribute to the fatty acid’s role in helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Other short-chain fatty acids are absorbed and transported to the liver, where they favorably affect glucose metabolism and also appear to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and regulate the deposit of fat.

Peter Swann, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM,

2. Improved Immunity

In elderly adults, supplementation with prebiotics showed an increase in natural killer cell activity:

  • increase production of an anti-inflammatory substance;
  • decrease production of two pro-inflammatory substances;

According to the author of one review article on prebiotic soluble fiber, many animal and human studies suggest that some aspects of innate and adaptive immunity of the gut and the entire immune system are positively affected by prebiotic supplementation.*

*Lomax AR et al., “Prebiotics, immune function, infection and inflammation: a review of the evidence,” The British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 101, no. 5 (March 2009): 633–658

3. Help for Complex Bowel Conditions

Prebiotic supplementation can offer significant help to people who face more challenging gastrointestinal conditions and may help to improve symptoms of IBS and IBD crohns and colitis.

In addition, prebiotic soluble fiber improves inflammatory conditions and the body’s response to certain infections. These “prebiotic effects” make this natural, non-invasive supplementation a smart choice.

Use Perfect Pass Prebiotic if you have any of the following:

  • high cholesterol,
  • overweight
  • digestive issue
  • osteoporosis
  • before and after antibiotic use

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What are Synbiotics?

Dr. Robynne ChutkanDr. Robynne Chutkan, an integrative gastroenterologist and best selling author of the “Microbiome Solution” was interviewed by Dr. Oz recently. She was talking about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, explaining how IBS can manifest both as IBS-C (with constipation) and IBS-D (with diarrhea). She went on to suggest than an excellent way to help both kinds of IBS is with synbiotics …. and tells you how to make your own at home.

What’s a Synbiotic?

Synbiotics are the dynamo combination of prebiotics and probiotics. Not only do they provide good food for gut bacteria but they also deliver significant amounts of live bacteria themselves. The probiotics are good, live bacteria for our gut while the prebiotics are the food for our beneficial gastro intestinal bacteria. She recommends synbiotics for both IBS-C and IBS-D.

How to make Synbiotics at Home

Dr. Chutkan explains how to transform your prebiotic foods into synbiotics at home. You start off by taking any prebiotic veggie and adding a teaspoon of salt. That’s it! So, chop up some carrots, asparagus, and onions and place then place them in a mason jar and cover them in water. Then add a teaspoon of salt and cover the jar with a paper towel and rubber band. Then let it sit on your counter for a week. They’ll keep for one month in your fridge. What happens is that all the good bacteria start to grow and turn your prebiotics into a synbiotic. It’s that easy to do at home!

What Happens when you don’t have time to make Synbiotics at Home?

Committing to eat fermented foods on a consistent basis may be difficult to achieve. Actually making synbiotics may be a challenge as well. That’s where our Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Probiotic Combination comes to the rescue. In reviewing many of our past blog posts, you’ll find that our philosophy on how to maintain a healthy gut synchronizes precisely with Dr Chutkan’s approach. We, too, encourage our clients to use a combination of prebiotics with probiotics, even when they don’t actually make the synbiotics at home, they create a similar environment in the gut by combining both pre and probiotics.

You need good gut bacteria, and lots of it to make a healthy microbiome. You know how important your gut bacteria is. You need to nurture it. You know, too, that a strong microbiome is constantly compromised by antibiotics, processed foods and environmental toxins. The bests way to nurture your microbiome is by feeding it. This will help increase the numbers. Yes, that’s right, you can feed your bacteria. This helps your microbiome grow strong and encourages the good bacteria to multiply. How do we do this? …by actually feeding it with prebiotics. Not all Prebiotics are the same There’s a difference between different types of prebiotics – like Inulin, FOS and PHGG. Inulin-type prebiotics include fructooligosaccharides (FOS), oligofructose, and inulin. Whereas PHGG is a galactooligosaccharides.

The preferred prebiotic type is galactooligosaccharides. Why? because they ferment slowly. When the soluble fiber ferments slowly, it doesn’t result in symptoms of gas and bloating which often happens with inulin and FOS which are known to cause digestive symptoms like gas and bloating as a result of their rapid speed of fermentation. That’s why our Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG is a pure galactooligosacaride – one that is known to ferment slowly and not cause any side effects. What’s more …. there’s valid clinical research to show how beneficial it is in combating SIBO as well as reducing symptoms of both diarrhea and constipation.

Why choose PHGG?

We prefer the prebiotic that is made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG). The process of hydrolyzation slows down the fermentation process to insure the likelihood that your good bacteria has time to feed on it. The guar gum is already partially broken down with water. Guar gum that is used in Perfect Pass Prebiotic is highly purified and extensively researched. It dissolves easily and fully in water and it’s easy for everyone to use. There’s no smell, no taste and it breaks down easily.

Good Gut Solution Special Prebiotic Offer

Based on our confidence on how effective the synbiotic concept is, we encourage all our clients to consider using our PHGG prebiotic  with any probiotic of their choice. Right now when you buy Perfect Pass Prebiotic with any of these probiotics, you receive 10% off the probiotics. You can choose from Dr. Ohhira, VSL, Visbiome or Primal Defense. No coupon is needed, simply place both in your cart to receive the discount. Better still, when you purchase Perfect Pass Prebiotic with Perfect Pass Probiotic, our favored probiotic, you’ll get 15% off the probiotics. No coupon is needed, simply put both in your cart to receive the discount.

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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM March 24, 2017