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The Role of Probiotics & Prebiotics

It’s Important to Take Both Prebiotics and Probiotics for Gut Health!

Today, most people know what probiotics are and many of us incorporate them into our daily diet.
But that is only half the story when it comes to taking care of your gut & your health.

No one ever talks about prebiotics!
No one knows that they are just as important as probiotics!
No one knows the valuable prebiotic and probiotic connection!

Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi & other microbes. The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health.

A fact that I only learnt about the other day from WedMD…is that the mucous lining your gut wall contains 70% of the cells that make up your entire immune system.

This means health issues such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, cancer and most autoimmune diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acne and chronic fatigue are most probably be gut related.
And because your gut is connected to your brain through the gut-brain axis, whatever affects your gastrointestinal tract also affects your brain.
Mood disorders like anxiety, depression, autism & dementia, have also been scientifically linked to digestive issues.

They say our guts contain 500 species and three pounds of bacteria.
And, according to studies, we have more than 10 times the amount of bacterial cells in our body than actual human cells.
When our delicate microbiome is disturbed by stress, poor diet, medications & toxins, it can result in a lowered immune response disease.
This is where prebiotics & probiotics work their magic together!

Prebiotics increase the diversity of your good bacteria – just what you want to keep your gut healthy. While all prebiotics are fiber, not all fiber has the same beneficial effects on friendly bacteria. And just like other fibrous foods, prebiotics are not digested as they go through your upper digestive track. They need to be fermented or broken down by microflora in your colon.

In order to correct the dysbiosis (high ratio of bad bacteria in the gut) and heal the inflammation that leads to IBS, crohn’s, colitis, pouchitis, SIBO, leaky gut and more you must create a diverse, healthy ratio of good bacteria.

Prebiotics travel through your digestive system, they become nutrient sources that feed beneficial bacteria that play a crucial role in immunity.

What everyone needs to know…is that we all need sufficient prebiotics in order for our probiotics to survive and do their job properly!

When it comes to probiotics, there are between 500 and 1000 strains of microorganisms in the average persons intestinal tract.

We now know that typical probiotic supplements that contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria do not create better diversity, and do not survive stomach acids and digestion in sufficient numbers.

The truth is, 90 per cent of all yogurts you buy at the store are useless and are likely even worsening the state of your gut, since harmful bacteria thrive on sugar and carbohydrates.
Left unchecked, the situation can eventually lead to such things as leaky gut, inflammation as well as toxic overload. For anyone trying to lose weight, excessive bacteria in your gut also affects fat-regulating hormones like insulin, which further causes you to crave more junk food and makes it harder to lose weight.

Trying to rebuild the flora in an unhealthy gut, is something that can be done.

Some tips on how to create a healthy gut, from The Chronicle Herald ;

Don’t take any unnecessary medications, especially antibiotics.

Today, these potentially life-saving drugs are prescribed too easily.
If you must take them, always take probiotics to restore the healthy bacteria antibiotics kill.

Good source probiotics are cultured or fermented foods, including organic, raw, whole milk, plain yogurt and kefir (pasteurized at relatively low temperatures), as well as kombucha, kimchi or other fermented vegetables.

You can also take a good probiotic supplement with a variety of different bacteria strains at high counts (50 billion is good).

Stay away from processed foods, sugar, preservatives and alcohol.

Make sure to add good prebiotic sources to your diet as well, such as onions, garlic and even under-ripe bananas.

As your gut environment improves you will quickly find you have more energy, look healthier and your health issues will begin to improve or even disappear.

 

Why Dirt Is Good

 

Good Dirt Why is Dirt in our Environmnet so Good For Us?

Microbiome Experts, Jack Gilbert, director of the University of Chicago Microbiome Center, and Rob Knight, director of the University of California Center for Microbiome Innovation, along with science writer Sandra Blakeslee recently wrote a book explaining how the environment interacts with our Microbiome. In their book “Dirt is Good”  they go on to explain scientific findings which show how good for us dirt is. “Exposure to natural healthy bacteria in the environment is really important for training our immune system and making sure it doesn’t go really haywire and attack us,” explains Jack.

This means that the more dirt you expose your children to at a young age, the better off their immune system is. Let them play outdoors in nature, in the ocean, streams, and on playgrounds. Let them play with animals. Getting dirty is a good thing. Another suggestion is to not go overboard in sterilizing everything they come in contact with or put in their mouth.

Not only do the microbes in your gut affect your immune system but they also play a role in almost every system in your body. Click Here to read more about your microbiome.

Scientists have found that your gut plays an important role in your brains neurotransmitters. Did you know that over 90% of serotonin is produced in your gut?

Having a balanced microbiome is crucial for gut health too. It plays a role in your metabolism, your propensity towards certain food cravings, obesity, and even Type 2 Diabetes.

Click Here to Read More about the book “Dirt Is Good.”

How To Get the Most Out Of Your At Home Gut Test.

A yearly gut test is a really good idea if you want to know things about what resides in your gut. Your gut health is the most essential component to disease prevention and longevity.

What's in your gut?Your immune system lives in your gut, and most importantly your body’s ability to produce hormones is affected by your gut. Essentially you need to make sure it’s running properly before you have any symptoms. That’s why a yearly gut test ought to be done as a check up. 

A great test to take for yearly maintenance is the Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis Test.  or Genova Labs’ Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis.

Maybe you have constipation, gas, bloating, brain fog, diarrhea or chronic stomach pain. This could be due to a bacteria, yeast or a fungal overgrowth, or maybe even a parasite that you picked up on your travels. A gut test will also indicate that you may have a bacteria imbalance and need more good bacteria. We suggest Genova Comprehensive Parasitology or Doctors Data Comprehensive Parasitology Test. Both companies offer similar labs.

If you’ve already had a gut test and found your good bacteria levels to be low you may have started taking prebiotics and probiotics. If it’s been at least three months since you’ve been taking them, now is a good time to recheck.

You want to make sure that your probiotics are working to bring in more good bacteria and it’s actually taking up residency in your gut. A gut recheck ought to be a way to ensure that you’re taking the right probiotic for you and also let you know if you need prebiotic fiber to fertilize the probiotic.

If your previous assessment results have shown that you have candida, and you followed a protocol and change of diet, you can retest to make sure the protocol has worked and the candida is under control.  At this point you will know if you should continue with the protocol.

Do you know that there is a specific parasite test? There’s a great one from Genova Diagnostics. 

If you tested positive for parasites you most likely followed a protocol to cleanse the digestive tract and then recolonized your gut and strengthened your immune system. Once the treatment protocol is finished you need to retest to ensure the parasites are gone.   

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Why is Everyone Talking About Fermented Foods?

Have You Heard about the Benefits of Fermented Foods?

Fermented foods greatly assist the gut by strengthening the lining of the digestive tract. Eighty percent of the immune system is made in the gut, so they also help to keep us healthy. Fermented foods contain natural probiotics and are a perfect way to help keep the good bacteria thriving. They create lactic acid that kills pathogens. Good bacteria crowd out the bad bacteria such as candida. Candida, or yeast, can become overgrown and cause a myriad of physical and behavioral problems.

What Are Fermented Foods?

fermented foods

Fermented foods are foods that have been soaked in salt, spices, water, and a probiotic starter. Fermentation foods are predigested, so they help make food easier to digest. They offer beneficial probiotic microbes, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Many foods can be fermented such as grains, vegetables, fish, and dairy. Salt stops the harmful microbes that can spoil food, so we see fermentation as a method to preserve before canning existed.

What Are Fermented Food Sources?

The most commonly known fermented food sources are from dairy. Most people think of yogurt, sour cream, and kefir as top choices. Homemade products are best. Beware of commercially made yogurt because pasteurization destroys many of the natural nutrients and enzymes you need. They also are known to contain a lot of sugar. The fermentation will help predigest some of the proteins and consume lactose in dairy products.

Fermented vegetables and grains are more tolerated by the digestive tract. Click Here for DIY Recipe. The bacteria from fermented vegetables also help with detoxification. Any vegetable can be fermented. Additionally, anything that increases the good bacteria in the gut will help to fight the bad. Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and is one of the oldest known sources.

fermented cabbOnly small amounts of fermented foods are necessary for positive results. In fact, if you have a lot of candida overgrowth and you eat too much, the candida may die off so quickly that it can cause you extreme fatigue, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. Just a tablespoon or two per day in the beginning may be enough for positive benefits without any negative reactions. Read more about candida and die off reactions.

There are natural, food-based, fermented supplements which are also available, and can help with detoxification. Many recipes can be found online on sites such as, http://nourishedkitchen.com/fermented-foods-for-gut-health/.

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