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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

 

Do You Know What Dysbiosis is?

You may have heard this term in relation to gut health and wondered what it exactly does it mean.

It means “microbial imbalance on or inside the body”.  This can be the root cause of many health problems, particularly when there is dysbiosis in the gut. Since the gut controls the brain and the immune system, one can only imagine what havoc it brings upon us when it’s out of balance.

Our gut contains millions of bacteria. Some good and some bad. It is important to have the right balance of bacteria so our bodies can function well. If the bacteria is out of wack, we can experience a wide array of very unpleasant symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Dysbiosis?

    • Gastrointestinal problems such as yeast overgrowth (candida), IBS, food allergies, gas and bloating
    • Urinary problems such as chronic urinary tract infections
    • Chronic colds/coughs, and ear infections
    • Lack of energy
    • Rashes, including eczema, hives, rosacea, and acne.
    • Respiratory problems such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies.

What Causes Dysbiosis:

  • Poor Diet
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Too many antibiotics
  • Stress

Too often people just address one or two of these causes. In order for your symptoms to go away permanently it’s crucial to pay attention to all issues which cause imbalance.

First and foremost, uncover what the root cause of your symptoms are by taking a simple at home gut test. We like the tests offered by Genova and Doctors Data. These kits can be ordered based on what symptoms you are experiencing. If you need help determining what test is right for you just give us a call and we are happy to help.

How Can I Get My Gut Bacteria Back in balance?

Diet can be the most important factor in relieving dysbiosis. Eat whole foods that come from the ground and eliminate processed foods and sugar. We recommend the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This Diet works by addressing the root cause of digestive disease. It heals the gut by calming down the  inflammation and re-balancing the gut bacteria.

Read more about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by clicking here. Choose the version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that’s custom fit for your needs. Once you start the SCD it will become second nature. For ideas on what to make for meals give the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Recipe Book a try.

Alleviate stress by incorporating breathing techniques, meditation or yoga into your daily routine. There are many ways to incorporate stress reduction techniques in as little as five minutes a day. Check out some of the apps which can be downloaded on your phone for easy to use guided mediations and breathing exercises while you’re on the go.  Visit the Stress Help Center web site. There is a very cost effective special offer on the 8 Week Module. This simple to use program provides instruction which can done at your desk or your most comfortable living room chair.

Have you taken antibiotics in the last year?

Always supplement with probiotics during and after a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics clear out all your good gut bacteria. Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan has been researching gut health for over 10 years. His clinical trials show that just one course of antibiotics will eliminate all your good gut bacteria. If you do nothing to build up the good bacteria it can take over a year for your gut to return to normal.

During the cold and flu season you want your immune system functioning at optimal levels. Don’t waste any time in replenishing your good bacteria and building up your immune system. We advise our clients to take the Perfect Pass Probiotic before and during antibiotic use. For best results to rebuilding your immunity add Perfect Pass Immune Support after a course of antibiotics.

Can You Detox Naturally?

If you have a build up of toxins that is causing your symptoms consider detoxing with natural agents. Good Gut Solution recommends HVS Detoxosodes for removing specific toxins such as heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, molds and tobacco. Customize your detoxification program once you have your test results. Call us if you have any questions.

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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Microbiome; Front and Center

The Human Super OrganismHow Understanding the Microbiome Can Help Us?

Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could decrease the rise of chronic diseases.

Dr. Rodney Dietert just published his book on this topic, The Human Superorganism: How the Microbiome Is Revolutionizing the Pursuit of a Healthy Life. Dieterts’ book focuses on the study of microbiome diversity as it relates to our immune system. 

Rodney Dietert, Ph.D. is an internationally-known author, lecturer, scientist and professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell.

His area of study focuses on how the origins of  asthma, autism, Alzheimer’s, allergies, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and even some kinds of depression are linked to our organisms which reside in our gut. We now know that the microbiome is responsible for our immune system function and has a direct link to our brain, controlling the neurotransmitters that produce our “feel good hormones.”  

Rodney Dietart MicrobiomeAward-winning researcher on the microbiome,  Rodney Dietert, presents this new paradigm in human biology that has emerged.

Dieters states,Given the intimate relationship between the human immune system and the microbiome, it is not surprising that alterations in our microbial makeup can greatly affect health.”

We couldn’t agree more and are so excited to see new information coming out daily from top experts on the human microbiome and it’s connection to the immune system and brain function.

In his book Dietert explains macrobiotic self care and how important probiotics are for maintaining strong immune system health.

Probiotic & Prebiotic Awareness on the Rise

The Probiota Americas Conference in Chicago this past month produced exciting new information on probiotics and consumers awareness of their benefits. Some hopeful information came from a recent survey by AIDP which measured consumers usage of prebiotics and probiotics.

Probiotics & Prebiotics in our MicrobiomeWhat we learned is that the word is getting out.  In an article by Hank Schultz, he talked about the survey results. “In a poll of 400 dietary supplement users, it was revealed that more than 38% would be very likely or somewhat likely to try a prebiotic with strong digestive and immune health benefits. The survey also showed that 44% of these consumers had tried a probiotic supplement. Further results showed that more than 60% of respondents would be interested in buying a product that contained both a prebiotic and a probiotic.” This reflects a better understanding of the role these supplements have in digestive and immune wellness. 

Furthermore consumers would be more likely to try a product that was backed by research and human clinical trials. The vast majority of solid probiotic research has occurred in just the past 3 years with the conclusion of the largest consortium of scientific research on the human gut ecology called Human Microbiome Project. For the latest findings and research in relation to probiotics check our Microbiome Series with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan.

What is the Difference Between a Probiotic and Prebiotic?

We know that feeding the existing bacteria is just as important as introducing new bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics stimulate the growth and maintenance of our beneficial gut microbiota. Probiotics increase the diversity of our bacteria and increase its numbers. Our clients have reported the most improved results when taking both a prebiotic and probiotic together for a two-three month period.

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Sheryl Cohen March 8, 2017