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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.

 

Probiotics and Prebiotics for Gut Health

It’s Important to Take Both Prebiotics and Probiotics – Learn Why

Perfect Pass Prebiotics & ProbioticsProbiotics ranked as the third most commonly used supplement in a study by the National Health Statistics Report. It’s not surprising, probiotic research has been at the forefront of preventative medicine and study for the past 5 years. We’ve learned the importance of gut health and how it influences every system in our body from our gastrointestinal tract to our neurotransmitters. We know we need to keep on top of our health by supplementing with probiotics from time to time, especially after going on antibiotics.  For some people probiotics are necessary on a daily basis to manage a GI condition. Just about everyone knows the importance of having good gut bacteria these days. What few people know about though, is the importance of prebiotics.

Prebiotics are the food for our good gut bacteria. It’s actually easier to grow the bacteria already in our gut, keep it strong, and increase our good gut bacteria by feeding it with prebiotics, also known as fiber.

What exactly are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics act as a “gut fertilizer” to feed the good gut bacteria in our GI Tract.  They are a type of indigestible fiber called oligosaccharides which are found in certain plant foods. Some of the plants that contain oligosaccharides are jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, onions, jicama and asparagus.

The recommended amount of this fiber is at least 25 grams every day.

If it seems difficult to get prebiotic fiber in your normal daily diet then you may want to consider taking a prebiotic supplement.

We recommend Perfect Pass Prebiotics to all of our clients taking probiotics. Over the past few years many of our clients were able to lower their dose of probiotics once they were taking Perfect Pass Prebiotics. This brand stands out from the others because it’s made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum, known as PHGG. Read More about the benefits of PHGG by clicking here. This type of prebiotic doesn’t cause any side effects and can be safely used by people who have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). It also reduces the symptoms in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Click Here to learn more.

It’s the perfect fertilizer for your good bacteria to grow.

If you haven’t used Perfect Pass Prebiotics yet, now is the time to try it. Pair it wth any probiotics you are taking to grow the numbers of good bacteria in your gut and increase their efficacy. We recommend the Combo Pack.

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.”

Why Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Are Superior

Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics Original formula

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original formula

 

 

Why Should You Take Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics?

Here’s Why Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are So Superior:

  • Fermentation:These probiotics are allowed to grow in huge fermentation vats for three (Original Formula) or five years (Professional Formula). During this time, they are producing an abundance of nutrients which strengthen your immune system.
  • Multi-strain product: Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics contains 12 synergistic strains of beneficial bacteria. Each strain gives you different benefits.
  • Proprietary TH10 Strain: This strain was discovered by Dr. Ohhira and is only available in Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic products. TH10 is one of the strongest anti-microbial probiotics that has ever been discovered.
  • Prebiotics: A blend of 92 organic fruits, vegetables, seaweeds and mushrooms are periodically added to the fermentation vats which provides the growing strains of probiotic bacteria with a prebiotic food supply. When encapsulated, each capsule of Dr. Ohhira’s contains the beneficial strains of probiotic bacteria plus the nutrient-dense prebiotics which allow the bacteria to thrive.
  • Short Chain Fatty Acids:  One of the many benefits of the strains in this probiotic is that they produces short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which create a slightly acidic environment in the intestinal tract Slight acidity is the optimal condition to support the growth of beneficial bacteria while inhibiting the growth of pathological bacteria.
  • No refrigeration: Because the fermentation process takes place at room temperatures, Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics are stable at room temperature and do not require refrigeration. They have an impressive 3-year stable shelf life.
  • Capsule Design: The capsule for Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics is designed to stay hard in the harsh acid environment in the stomach. It then becomes porous in the more alkaline environment in the small intestine. Next, the probiotics are released in the small intestine where they begin to provide their wide range of health benefits.
  • Kills Pathogens: Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics have been shown to be effective against some of the most serious pathological organisms such as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)  Clostridium difficile  (C. diff) and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MSRA)

Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics are also non-GMO, non-dairy, gluten-free and 100% vegan.

Shop this week and receive 20% off Dr. Ohhira’s Original Formula and Professional Formula. Use Coupon Code OMX20 at checkout.

Have you seen our interview series with Dr. Ross Pelton, Scientific Director for Essential Formulas Yet?

What are you waiting for? Click Here to watch Ross Explain why Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are the best product for “Rapid Microbiome Restoration.”

Ross Pelton’s Video Series on the Human Microbiome & Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

 

 

 

 

 

VSL#3 Induces Remission for Ulcerative Colitis

VSL#3 probiotic-mixture induces remission in patients with active ulcerative colitis.

An article published in the National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health last year showed that the results of a human clinical for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Ulcerative Colitis. Patients were given VSL#3 for 6 weeks. At the end of the 6 week period those patients had a remission rate of 77% with no adverse side effects.

VSL#3 Probiotics

VSL#3 Probiotics

How Does VSL#3 Probiotic Work?

Many probiotic formulas contain beneficial bacteria, but due to differences in types of bacteria and preparation of the products, these bacteria die off from varying conditions throughout the GI tract and never make it to the place they need to be. Studies shows that probiotics from VSL#3 do make it to the colon, which is the area they need to reach to be effective.

A study conducted with VSL#3 confirms that maximum bacterial colonization of the gut occurs within 20 days.

Prebiotic Fiber with PHGG

Prebiotic Fiber

It’s not really one of those things where you can just take it for a few weeks and think you are good to go. You are essentially adding new bacteria to your gut to recolonize it.

We find most of our clients have the greatest success when pairing VSL#3 with a prebiotic fiber containing partially hydrolyzed guar gum to help feed the probiotics so they grow and multiply in numbers.

Another study conducted on children with Ulcerative Colitis also showed promising results. One 4 week study, conducted on children with UC, found that after the 4 week period where treatment included steroid therapy along with either VSL#3 or placebo, 92.8% in the VSL#3 group achieved remission, compared with only 36.4% in the placebo group.

To maintain the remission, the researchers gave the children 5-ASA along with either VSL#3 or placebo. They then monitored the children over the next 12 months, and found that 73.3% of those who had 5-ASA and placebo experienced a relapse, compared with only 21.4% of those who were taking 5-ASA and VSL#3. This study also reported no adverse side effects from VSL#3.

For more studies on VSL#3 helping with management of Ulcerative Colitis click here. 

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