One of the new frontiers of health focuses on the study of the smallest colonies of flora and fauna within the human body: the intestinal microbiome in the digestive system. Like fingerprints, people’s microbiomes uniquely mix to form the way bodies respond to disease, process foods, and other bodily systems. As more is learned about the impact of the intestinal microbiome, people may find relief from struggles with weight, mental health, or overall hormonal responses brought about by deficiencies in diet or aging.
Most people do not realize the impact their specific mix of flora and fauna in their gut can have on all the systems in their body. A healthy diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and sources of monosaturated fats like Omega 3 can go a long way to promote a strong microbome.
Prebiotics on the rise
But diets alone, no matter how well balanced they are, do not always provide the punch needed to strengthen the microbiome. We’ve heard a lot about probiotics, but one supplement not receiving a great deal of attention yet is prebiotics. These naturally occurring and curated chemicals expand the quantity and variety of the gut microbiome’s organisms. People possessing a powerful microbiome have a better equipped immune response and this can be tied back to the growth of the bifidobacteria and lactobacilli bacteria. Both of these bacteria forms increase in the presence of prebiotics. In addition to an increased immune response, people with high bifidobacteria and lactobacilli bacteria find digestion and nutritional absorption superior to those with lower counts of the bacteria, which helps you immensely when it comes to health.
In addition to direct gastrointestinal benefits, some people have noticed responses in areas like hormonal balance, psychiatric health that includes the reduction of anxiety, and strong bones triggered by the increased distribution of calcium. The body’s endocrine, skeletal, and other large systems operate with greater efficiency allowing for an overall improvement to quality of life.
Ways to get prebiotics in the body
In addition to prebiotic supplements, people can impact the amount of prebiotics they receive by adding several food based sources. People with the greatest levels of prebiotic have diets including raw garlic, leeks, asparagus, bananas, wheat bran, and onions. These people take simple steps to add one or two of these items at each meal bringing their overall consumption of prebiotic rich foods to approximately six per day.
On a side note, people alone are not the only ones seeing improvements from prebiotic supplements in their diets. Most reputable pet food makers either add a prebiotic supplement or foods high in prebiotics to their food mix. Dogs and cats digest the food easier, absorbing more of the nutrients and promoting greater overall pet health.
People seek prebiotics granting them better overall health, while targeting the largest system supplying their body. They understand that a healthy intestinal microbiome powered with prebiotics and prebiotic rich foods strengthens bones, minds, and their whole body. While not a solution to every issue, prebiotics are an excellent addition to any current health regime fostering optimal health.
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Dominica Applegate is dedicated to the art of self-discovery and creative expression. Earning her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling, she worked in the mental health field for 12 years before starting her own business. A sought-after author and freelance writer, her work is ultimately about helping people remove blocks that keep them stuck and unleashing massive happiness and potential.