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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.

Perfect Pass Prebiotic & Probiotic Combo

Why take Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Probiotic Combo?

Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Probiotic

Perfect Pass prebiotic and probiotic combo is an ideal way to keep your microbiome healthy. We learned  many important facts from the Human Microbiome Project research.

We learned that one of the most important factors in keeping the microbiome healthy is by increasing the diversity of the microorganisms found in the gut. We used to think that it was Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidus strains that we needed to give because they are the most prevalent.

Now we know that’s not the way to go. We want diversity. We want all the different kinds of strains to grow.

Perfect Pass Prebiotics and Probiotics to exactly that.

Take together and improve diversity daily

Why take Bacillus spore probiotics?
It makes it much easier to take your daily probiotics that are therapeutic and effective. You only need to take 1 per day and it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

Here are the facts about Bacillus strains:

  • they’re 100% compatible with the paleo diet
  • they have a 100% survival rate through stomach acid and bile (no other probiotics can attest to this).
  • you don’t have to refrigerate these Spore Probiotics
  • you only need 1 per day
  • Plus, you only need to take more than what already exists in the gut to be beneficial – ie all that there is in ONE capsule is a therapeutic dose.

For example…
When you take 1 capsule of Perfect Pass Probiotic there are 3 billion strains of bacillus, You’re giving your gut about 1 billion more than you have, which is usually about 2 billions that you already have in your gut already.

Why use PHGG prebiotic?

Taking the prebiotic that is tasteless and odorless in a glass of water everyday is easy.

That means you really feel the difference in your health and symptoms because you’re promoting diversity of other strains besides lactobacillus and bifidus that have other digestive and overall health benefits.

This Life Changing Product Can Make Your Probiotics Stronger

I’m talking about Prebiotics…what are prebiotics you may ask?

Most of us health minded people know how important our gut health is and the critical role which a strong microbiome plays in good gut health. Since the Human Microbiome Project Research we learned that taking in probiotics is temporary help. Most probiotics have a transient effect, encouraging a positive immune response. However, they don’t actually grow.

When it comes to encouraging long term beneficial effects for our microbiome, we want to make sure we are giving our microbes the best chance for growth and diversification.

That’s where prebiotics come in. Not only are people starting to talk about them, but they are starting to use them. Clinical researchers are using them in trials and publishing the findings supporting the efficacy of certain types of prebiotics.  

Research shows that we are able to help our gut flora flourish, with long term as well as short term benefits. They are able to relieve IBS symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea.  This research has physicians, scientists, dietitians and practitioners excited about it’s role in keeping our Microbiome in good shape.  

What is the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Prebiotics are the relatively unknown. Yet, most people know about probiotics. Basically, a prebiotic is soluble fiber. The fiber is found in some common foods like chicory, garlic, and Jerusalem artichokes. This fiber feeds good bacteria and help them to flourish.

Probiotics are good bacteria. Generally speaking there are several strains that are included in each formula. When we take probiotics, we’re giving our gut more good bacteria. They are able to alleviate many digestive symptoms. Unfortunately, the relief may be temporary. The only probiotics that actually grow are those that are human strain because they are recognized by our human microbiome.

Prebiotics, on the other hand, are not bacteria, but “food for your existing good bacteria.”

Here’s Why Prebiotics Are So Powerful

Good bacteria in our gut multiplies as a result of ‘feeding’ on this specific type of soluble fiber. That means, when we take prebiotics, we selectively help good bacteria in our gut to thrive and grow. This also helps to crowd out bad bacteria. 

Why Are Prebiotics So Critical?

We now have a completely new understanding of how our 100 trillion gut bacteria contribute to emotional health, physical health and disease with the completion of the massive scientific undertaking called the ‘Human Microbiome Project’. The study provided quite a shock to the community at large.

There has been more research on the human microbiota in the past 8 years than in the prior 50 years. It’s an exciting time. This research has given us a completely new understanding of how our gut bacteria contributes to our physical health, mental health and disease.

Now we know that prebiotics act as fertilizer for our Human Microbiome. They are able to make their way through the stomach without being affected by acid or bile. They bring about positive changes in the digestive tract as they are the fuel for beneficial bacteria that live in our gut to thrive on.

Did you know that your gut houses between 500 and 1000 different species of microorganisms? 

It turns out, it’s not a few species of bacteria that makes us healthier. It’s having many different species cooperating together that makes for a healthy microbiome. In other words, the more diversity of good bacteria we have, the healthier we are.

What types of positive change can taking Prebiotics bring about?

  • lower risk for cardiovascular disease

  • healthier cholesterol levels

  • better gut health

  • improved digestion

  • lower stress response

  • better hormonal balance

  • higher immune function

  • lower risk for obesity and weight gain

Yes, prebiotics work together with probiotics to encourage more significant changes to take place in the gastrointestinal system. They play a huge role in maintaining the balance and diversity of intestinal bacteria. They essentially increase the numbers of good bacteria which crowds out the bad bacteria.

Prebiotics ferment when they are ingested and that’s what the good bacteria in our gut feed on. This includes the microorganisms we already have in our gut as well as the new ones we introduce through supplementation or by including fermented foods in our diet. By feeding these microbes we increase the diversity and numbers in our gut.

How do Prebiotics help heal the Gut?

Once the good bacteria is increased and the bad bacteria is reduced in numbers, it encourages the correct ratio of good to bad bacteria, promoting an ideal environment for our gut to heal.

An inflamed gut or a leaky gut is a condition which may lead to IBS, Colitis or Crohns. If we can increase the health of our microbiome when we start to have digestive symptoms, we may be able to avoid these conditions completely.

Yes, you can heal an inflamed and damaged gut by feeding your microbiome and creating diversity. 

What Are the Most Effective Prebiotics?

Historically, there have been several symbiotic formulas that included prebiotics called Inulin and FOS with probiotics. Unfortunately, these prebiotics are known to cause digestive symptoms like gas and bloating as a result of their rapid speed of fermentation.

This is the reason we prefer the prebiotic that is made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG). The process of hydrolyzation is very significant because it makes it far easier for your good bacteria to feed on it as the guar gum is already partially broken down with water.

The guar gum that is used is highly purified and extensively researched. It dissolves easily and fully in water and it’s easy for consumers to use.There’s no smell and no taste. Due to it’s ability to break down easily, as well as it’s slow fermentation time, it’s more effective than using inulin and FOS. PHGG doesn’t create the side effects associated with them.

In August 2016 the FDA confirmed that the guar gum ingredient contained in Perfect Pass Prebiotic is within their standard that acknowledges that it provides health benefits. The FDA singled out five types of isolated fibers that they believe have the clinical evidence for physiological benefit to back a dietary fiber type of claim. The 5 that met their standard were guar gum, locust bean gum, pectin, cellulose, and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose  

What’s the Latest Research on PHGG – Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum?

Studies on the beneficial use of PHGG continues to be published world wide:

Bloating and Gas in IBS Patients
A randomized clinical study was published in ‘Nutrition and Metabolism’ on February 6, 2016 that was conducted by Niv, E et al. Suitable IBS patients were involved in an 18-week-long study. They were given 12-weeks of PHGG which resulted in a significant improvement in bloating and gas. What was really significant is that the effect lasted for at least 4 weeks after the last PHGG was given.
These IBS patients were given 6 g/day of PHGG

Constipation
In March 2015, Russo L et al ‘s research on IBS patients with constipation was published in Gastroenterology  Sixty-eight patients with IBS entered a 2-week run-in period, followed by a 4-week study period with PHGG.  These patients had a significant improvement in constipation symptoms.

Pediatric Abdominal Pain
Ramano et al published their research in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in 2013. It was a randomized, double-blind pilot study that included sixty children (8-16 years) with functional bowel disorders, such as Chronic Abdominal Pain or IBS. All patients underwent ultrasound, blood and stool examinations to rule out any organic disease. The findings in this study show that PHGG fiber supplementation can be considered an important therapeutic option in pediatric IBS.

SIBO Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth
Furnari M, et al conducted a study on patients with SIBO. Where as several prebiotics have been contraindicated for people suffering with small intestine bacteria overgrowth, PHGG is perfectly safe and in fact, beneficial. The clinical trial published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2010 showed that the combination of rifaximin with PHGG partially hydrolysed guar gum is more effective than rifaximin alone in eradicating small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Don Bodenbach Tells All about Prebiotics

You don’t want to miss this most informative interview with Don Bodenbach, researcher and consumer advocate, on the value of Prebiotics.

Don Bodenbach

Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG

Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG

Dr Pamela Nathan asks Don Bodenbach, health advocate and educator, those critical questions that provide very easy-to-understand, explicit answers to lots of important questions like what exactly prebiotics are, what commensal organisms are, as well as the true value of prebiotics, and why PHGG partially hydrolyzed guar gum, is not only different but also superior to other types of prebiotics on the market today.

 

The Whole Scoop about Prebiotics

The Whole Scoop About Prebiotics

Probiotics get loads of positive press from a many sources, some reliable and others, unfortunately not. It’s actually an area of nutrition that’s gaining momentum now, because many different health professionals support their use.

As you may already know, I feel very strongly about probiotics and the very significant role they play in not only our digestive health, but health in general. Our new Perfect Pass Probiotic fits the requirement of what I think is an excellent ‘therapeutic’ probiotic. One that is human strain, which consists of therapeutic doses of bacillus strains that survive stomach acid 100% of the time.

Perfect Pass Prebiotic from PHGGHowever, today I wanted to focus on our ‘sister’ supplement, ie. Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG.

From the questions that I am constantly asked, I’m beginning to understand that few people actually know what prebiotics are, what they do and why they are different to probiotics.

So what are they? What Are Prebiotics? Simply put, a prebiotic is an indigestible food ingredient that encourages the growth and also the maintenance of our gut‘s beneficial and friendly flora, now know as our ‘microbiota’.

Actually, it would be better to say that prebiotics are “indigestible by HUMANS” because, in fact, they ARE being digested. They are being digested by the friendly flora, the microbiota in our gut. That’s what our good bacteria thrive on. So, when we take prebiotics on a regular basis, our natural microbiota gets fed. The prebiotic is food for our natural flora, which are the living organisms that live abundantly and happily in our gut when we’re healthy.

Prebiotics are classified as soluble fiber. This is very different from insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber creates bulk and does help digestive action but insoluble fiber does not feed the microbiota the way soluble probiotic fiber does. Yes, insoluble fiber may speed up elimination but it doesn’t really add anything, nutritionally, in the way that soluble fiber does, particularly when that soluble fiber has ideal prebiotic properties as well.

The particular soluble fiber I’m talking about here is Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG. This prebiotic is called a galactomannan. It’s not the same as inulin, oligofructose or fructooligosaccharides (FOS). The great benefit of this galactomannan type of prebiotic is that it ferments slowly and that way it doesn’t result in any side effects that are often associated with inulin and FOS. The other big plus, is that this guar gum does not feed pathogenic bacteria in the way that other prebiotics have been found to do.

Why are Prebiotics so Healthy?

The type of prebiotics used in Perfect Pass have many research studies to validate why this is the type of prebiotic of choice. Here are just a few examples of clinical trial results:

  • Improves symptoms in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • increases gastrointestinal flora
  • increases fecal bifido bacteria.
  • increases magnesium and calcium absorption
  • there is an inhibitory effect on precancerous colon lesions in rats
    reduces fasting glucose in Type 2 diabetes patients.

We think that prebiotics have a long history of use. How do we know that our ancestors consumed prebiotic foods? Well, as a start, we know from cave deposits found in North America, that there was inulin and oligofructose agave, wild onion, and other bulbs. There’s also evidence of massive cooking stones and big ovens.

Similar cooking pits have been found in other places in the world as well, some of them date as far back as 30,000 years ago. They could have been roasting fibrous tuber. We do know that wild roots, tubers, and other fibrous foods were available almost everywhere and that they were eaten by the local populations.

For instance, the Maoris use almost every part of the cabbage which is high in inulin content and they think of cabbage as a natural aid for diarrhea, colic and other gastrointestinal disorders. The Hadza tribe of Central Tanzania eat tubers year round and all of them are known to have high fiber content. So it’s really possible to postulate that early humans got a fair amount of prebiotic fiber in their diets.

Did you know that Galactooligosaccharides are present in human breast milk? Yes, breast milk contains both probiotics and prebiotics for the bacteria to feed on. Since it’s in breast milk, it seems like there is a precedent for prebiotics in the human diet by design.

A common question asked is … How much Prebiotic fiber should we consume?

Consuming soluble fiber, that is prebiotic fiber, is actually very important. I’m not referring to the insoluble fiber like bran. Because now we know that there’s an entirely unique digestive function happening in the colon. So it’s not just happening in the small intestine. The human colon contributes in a big way to maintaining a strong digestive system, particularly when it gets the prebiotic fuel it needs.

If you find that you can’t eat a fair amount of the foods that are high in natural prebiotics, then think about taking a couple if scoops of Perfect Pass Prebiotics PHGG on a daily basis.

Give it a couple weeks, start with low doses, and gradually increase to about 4 gm (1 tablespoon) twice daily. Be sure to mix it in water. There’s no taste and no smell. And then just watch as your digestion improves.

Here are the Foods that are high in Prebiotics.

Think about introducing some prebiotic foods into your diet. The numbers in the brackets give you the weight of the prebiotic fiber, followed by the amount of food that is needed to get 6gm of prebiotic fiber. Inulin content is altered by cooking but not a lot.
Raw chicory root (64.6%) – 1/3 oz
Raw Jerusalem artichoke (31.5%) – 3/4 oz
Raw dandelion greens (24.3%) – 1 oz
Raw garlic (17.5%) – 1.2 oz
Raw leek (11.7%) – 1.8 oz
Raw onion (8.6%) – 2.5 oz
Cooked onion (5%) – 1/4 lb, or 4 oz
Raw banana (1%) – 1.3 lb

Here’s to a healthy digestive system.

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Sheryl Cohen November 1, 2016