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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.

Do You Have Leaky Gut? Find Out

What is Leaky Gut?

In a nut shell it’s intestinal permeability. People with leaky gut experience symptoms within a short time after eating.  Symptoms like stomach upset, gas, bloating and fatigue.

How Does Leaky Gut Happen?

Leaky gut occurs when your gut lining breaks down. This allows proteins, gluten, undigested foods and even bad bacteria to leak into your bloodstream.

What happens next?

Your body creates an immune response; this response is what causes you to feel ill after you eat and lethargic.

Leaky gut left over time causes your body to be in a constant state of inflammation.  Left untreated this inflammation contributes to chronic illness such as cardiovascular disease, cancer,  auto-immune disorders, mood disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and allergies.

What Causes Leaky Gut?

Leaky Gut can be caused by any of number of things. Here’s the most common:

  • poor diet
  • alcohol
  • stress
  • antibiotics
  • intestinal bugs
  • sugar

What’s the Solution?

First and foremost, find out about your gut health.  If you think you may  have Leaky Gut; take the at home Genova Lab Intestinal Permeability urine test. If you do have Leaky Gut start by repairing the gut.

Leaky Gut Formula has been shown to be extremely helpful in repairing the gut lining. Also, consider Intestinal Repair Capsules.

Crowd out the bad bacteria with good bacteria. Start taking a Probiotic and a Prebiotic. Leaky Gut responds extremely well to the combination of PerfectPass Prebiotic and PerfectPass Probiotic. Together they increase your good bacteria diversity as well as help to eliminate bad bacteria.

Give your digestive tract a break so it can focus on repair by using digestive enzymes; Perfect Pass Digestive Enzymes help digest  food when taken with meals and will reduce inflammation when taken between meals.

Now, take a look at your diet choices.

A very close look.

Are you eating refined carbohydrates, processed convenience foods or foods with hidden sugars.

With a Leaky Gut, these foods will continue to wreak havoc on your system and you will have a tough time healing.

Check out this book by Elaine Gottschall; Breaking the Vicious Cycle. This is an excellent resource for recipes and tips on how to reduce inflammation and heal your gut through foods.

In the meantime for more information on Leaky Gut, watch this short video of Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan. Kiran explains how they  performed a clinical trial measuring the toxic response of persons with Leaky Gut Syndrome before and after taking a 60 day course of probiotics. The trial participants were cured of their intestinal permeability after the 60 days! The spores of probiotics are the same soil based spores that you can find in Perfect Pass Probiotics.

Microbiome and Disease

Everyday we are finding more compelling reasons to ensure our microbiome is at the top of our priority list for good health. Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPF recently wrote about the influence our microbiome has on disorders of the skin, eyes and seasonal allergy disorders. In her article, Dr. Kohlstadt states, “published research supports the assertion that all of these medical conditions are entwined with the health of the microbiome. Microbiome research is causing us to rethink long held scientific assumptions about the origins of disease. “

What’s clear is that more research needs to be done. Microbiomes are similar to ecosystems and can not be studied with double-blind, placebo controlled trials. What we can do is study the research findings in relation to patients symptoms.

Kiran Krishnan, gut bacteria, human microbiomeMicrobiologist Kiran Krishnan is doing just that. Currently Kiran and his team are running human clinical trials with people that have leaky gut. After 30 days on probiotic therapy they have shown no sign of leaky gut when eating an endotoxic meal consisting of a McDonald’s breakfast sandwich. For more information about probiotic therapy and to learn about the latest research from Kiran Krishnan listen to our seven part Microbiome Series. The latest interview will focus on Kiran’s research stemming from clinical trials.

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.

Role of Probiotics in the Microbiome

What is the Role of Probiotics in the Microbiome?

The answer to the question has changed quite a bit over the last three to five years. We talked with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan about how our understanding of the role of probiotics has shifted based on the latest research.  To listen to our interview with Kiran check out the latest installment of Good Gut Solutions Microbiome Series.

Kiran explained to us that 10 years ago scientists who studied probiotics would tell you that probiotic therapy is used to reseed the gut with good bacteria.  The idea was to grow these bacteria up in large factories, encapsulate them, put them in products, and you would reseed your gut with these good beneficial bacteria. The idea was that this was going to shift the balance between good and bad bacteria.

What Does the Latest Research on Microbiome Tell Us About How We Absorb Probiotics?

Now through research we know that this was developed prior to any understanding of the microbiome at all. We now know that really can’t reseed you gut. We now know that by a few years after birth, you have your full established microbiome. At that point, you can’t really reseed your microbiome with different organisms, especially lactobacillus and bifidobacter because those are the predominant organisms that you get from mom in the birthing process.

The idea of taking multiple different strains, growing them up and reintroducing them every day to try and reseed your gut just doesn’t work anymore. We know that most of those bacteria just die as they pass through the gastric system.

That being said, there are a number of lactobacillus, bifidobacter based products that have clinical evidence that they do have positive impact in the gut. Our understanding is that they provide symptomatic benefits. They’re not going and living in the gut. They’re actually just passing through. As they move through, certain strains have the ability to modulate the immune response because most of your immune tissue resides in the gut.  

What is the Difference in Treating Symptoms or Repairing the Gut With Probiotics?

With probiotics that treat the symptoms, the probiotics go in, they create a metabolic response, and then they come out in fecal matter. That’s why when you stop taking a lot of those probiotics, the symptoms that you’ve been dealing with come right back. You’re not really fixing the core issue.

Probiotics that treat symptoms are not probiotic by the scientific definition  because they don’t create a functional change in your gut permanently. What they do is they create a metabolic response in your gut as you consume them. This metabolic response will make you feel better immediately by alleviating stomach pain but as soon as you stop taking them the symptoms will return. This indicates that we’re not creating a functional change in the microbiome, and we’re not curing the problem.

What we really want to focus on is probiotic therapy. Is there a type of bacteria that has the ability to go in, survive through the gastric system, actually live in the gut, and create a functional change both to the microbiome and the immune system?

Is there a way to actually eliminate problems like IBS, Crohn’s, colitis, allergies, asthma, those kind of things, rather than just trying to manage the symptoms. That’s the big difference. The answer is yes.

Spore Based Probiotic Therapy Performs Long Term Benefits

Spore-based organisms are quite interesting. They’re one of the few organisms that fit the current definition of probiotic bacteria. The WHO (World Health Organization) has established what a probiotic is. Number one, it has to be a live microorganism. So you have to be able to show that it survives through the gastric system and gets to the intestines alive. It has to be one that can colonize and create a beneficial change for the host in terms of host microflora. These Bacillus spores have been studied extensively in human clinical trials and have a very long history of use. 

Kiran Krishnan, gut bacteria, human microbiomeStay tuned for our next Installment in the Microbiome Series. We will explain exciting findings on Spore Based Probiotic Therapy. If you haven’t tried spore based probiotics yet we urge you to do so. Our clients have the best results when they are taken for a two-three month period.

 

 

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Sheryl Cohen March 6, 2017