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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.

Simple Breath Test For SIBO

Genova Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth - SIBO

SIBO Breath Test

How Do You Know If You Have SIBO?

SIBO tends to be under-diagnosed. This is because most people learn to live with the discomfort of regular gas and bloating, often aided by over-the-counter medications. Fortunately, there is an easy at home breath test by Genova that can aid in diagnosis.

Did you know that 80% of people who are diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are also said to have SIBO.

Common symptoms of SIBO may include:

  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal discomfort

What Causes SIBO?

SIBO is typically the result of a poor diet including excessive sugar, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. However, diet is not the only contributing factor for SIBO. Other causes of SIBO may include low stomach acid, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), prior bowel surgery, excessive antibiotics and diabetes.

Is There a Test for SIBO?

If one or a combination of symptoms occurs fairly regularly, you may warrant further investigation. You can take an at home test, like the Genova Lab Bacterial Overgrowth in Small Intestine Breath Test.

This home test is a non-invasive way to detect bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel. It’s also easy to do, and it can be administered in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.

What are Some Problems that Occur When SIBO Goes Untreated?

Besides the irritating and sometimes debilitating symptoms of discomfort associated with SIBO, overtime you can become malnourished. This is due to a malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron. Click Here to read more about this from DR. AXE.

Remember, if you experiencing digestive symptoms your body is trying to tell you something. Get to the root cause of these symptoms today.

There are many different ways to naturally approach healing SIBO. First and foremost, you should address making some dietary changes.  Click Here to see specific recipe books for dealing with digestive conditions.

Click Here to read our natural protocol for dealing with Symptoms of SIBO.

Feed Your Gut With Prebiotics

Probiotics and Prebiotics, A perfect Combination for Good Gut Health

By now just about everyone knows that probiotics are good for your gut health. Having a strong immune system and good digestion is dependent upon having a large number of good, beneficial bacteria in your gut. But did you know that Prebiotics are beneficial for your gut?

Prebiotics are the easiest way to Feed the good Gut Bacteria.

That’s right, you need to take care of the good bacteria is by making sure they are well fed.

How do you Feed The Good Bacteria in Your Gut?

Prebiotic Fiber are a type of fiber called oligosaccharides. These oligosaccharides are found in foods like jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, onions and jicama.

You are supposed to get at least 25 grams of fiber every day.

Prebiotic fiber is necessary to feed the good gut bacteria.

What are the Foods which Contain Prebiotic Soluble Fiber?

  • Raw Dandelion Greens
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Raw asparagus
  • Leeks, Onions & Garlic

Click here to Read the top 5 Reasons you Should Be Taking Prebiotics.

While probiotic foods are essential for gut health and overall well-being, prebiotics help “feed” probiotics. By pairing these two together, you can achieve an even better result.

Sometimes it may hard to get Prebiotic Fiber in our normal daily diet and it’s necessary to supplement with prebiotics.

Perfect Pass Prebiotics are made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum, known as PHGG. This type of prebiotic is called a galactomannan. Hydrolyzed Guar Gum doesn’t cause any side effects that can be commonly associated with prebiotics.

If you are looking for a prebiotic derived from PHGG try taking Perfect Pass Prebiotic.

Perfect Pass Prebiotics is one of the only prebiotics that can be safely used by people who have SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). It is the perfect fertilizer for your good bacteria to grow.

If you haven’t used Perfect Pass Probiotic 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.

Click Here to read about how  PHGG helps those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, increases the concentration of good bacteria strains in the colon and helps reduce symptoms of acute diarrhea.

Could You Have SIBO?

Take Genova's Gut Test to Find Out If You Have SIBO

Could You Have Sibo? Found Out if SIBO Is the Cause of Your Digestive Problems

SIBO is actually an acronym for a digestive condition called  “small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” which points to excessive bad or pathogenic bacteria in the small intestine.

The small intestine is known to have relatively low levels of bacteria. The highest numbers of bacteria are usually found in the large intestine

The small intestine is where the food you eat is combined with digestive juices. This is also the place where absorption takes place. This area of your digestive tract is the longest section. If you are suffering with SIBO or Small Intestine Bacterial Ovegrowth, your nutrients are not absorbing properly.

What are the Symptoms of SIBO?

  • gas
  • bloating
  • pain
  • malabsorption of nutrients

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth is often treated in Western Medicine with antibiotics. Unfortunately the antibiotics kill off the good bacteria.  Countless studies have shown that a good balance of healthy bacteria is necessary for a healthy gut

Find Out If You Have SIBO

The Genova Lab’s Breath Test can be done in the privacy of your home. It will identify whether there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in your small intestine or not.

How Can You Reduce The Symptoms of SIBO?

  •  Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum PHGG is the one prebiotic that does not feed bad bacteria and may be used successfully to increase probiotic diversity. Perfect Pass Prebiotic is odorless and tasteless and easy to take in water.
  • Perfect Pass Probotic contains three human strain, bacillus spores, that will survive through the stomach acid 100% of the time. It is suitable for those suffering with SIB0
  • Effective antimicrobials include Oregano oil, Grapeseed extractOlive leaf extract and Berberis. 
  • Consider taking Enzymes on a regular basis in between your meals. They help repair the gut lining.

Low FODMAP Diet

Low Fodmap DietHere’s everything you need to know about the low FODMAP diet

I read a great post by Lucy Whigham telling you all you need to know about the low FODMAP diet. The FODMAP diet is one to really consider if you find that you have SIBO and need to be sure not to feed the overgrowth of bad bacteria that you’re trying to get rid of. It’s also a consideration for IBS and IBD.

What does low FODMAP mean?

The acronym refers to the foods that you need to cut out. They are Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols. These are naturally occurring sugars found in a wide range of foods we eat everyday.

Fermentable – meaning they are broken down (fermented) by bacteria in the large bowel
Oligosaccharides – “oligo” means “few” and “saccharide” means sugar. These molecules are made up of individual sugars joined together in a chain
Disaccharides – “di” means two. This is a double sugar molecule
Monosaccharides – “mono” means single. This is a single sugar molecule
Polyols – these are sugar alcohols (however, they don’t lead to intoxication!)

What happens is that they are not fully broken down during digestion and that’s why they can’t be completely absorbed in you body. Instead, they remain in the digestive tract where they are fermented by the gut bacteria.

The fermentation leads to production of gas which causes excessive bloating, gas, pain, cramping, and even gurgling.

The other thing that happens is that water accumulates in the digestive tract which can result in frequent bowel movements and even diarrhea.

They have found that following a low FODMAP, i.e. keeping away there particular fermentable carbohydrates, for about 4-6 weeks, it can help you regain control over your digestive symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Clinical trials show that a low FODMAP diet significantly improves the symptoms of IBS with 60% to 75% of people showing significant improvement in gut symptoms.

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint which foods in particular make your symptoms worse. Sometimes a flare up can happen because of stress and anxiety. Sometimes its because of changes in gut bacteria. Sometimes, it’s because of what you’re eaten.

You can think about dividing the FODMAP Diet process into 3 stages.

1 Elimination phase. Remove high FODMAP foods for four to six weeks . Here is the list of foods from Joe Leech that you can eat.
2 Re-challenge phase. Reintroduce FODMAPs in a controlled way to be able to identify the foods that are causing your symptoms. Here is a reintroduction chart from Joe Leech you can follow.
3 Maintenance phase.

Low FODMAP Diet

Cut out all five families of fermentable carbohydrates:

Fructans – wheat, rye, onions, garlic, various other grains and vegetables

Galacto-oligosaccharides – beans and pulses

Polyols – certain fruit, certain artificial sweeteners

Fructose – various fruits, honey and agave nectar

Lactose – animal milks, yogurts and some cheeses.

What can you eat on a Low FODMAP Diet?

Carbohydrates like rice, oats, potatoes, quinoa and buckwheat

Proteins like meat, poultry, eggs and fish

Vegetables and salads that are allowed

Words of advice

  • Cook from scratch.
  • Read Labels. There are lots os no no’s in pre-packaged foods.
  • Check with your personal doctor or dietitian first.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and drink up.
  • Black coffee, black tea, peppermint tea, and green tea are very low FODMAP and okay to have with no milk.
  • Keep a food diary: Record each meal you had and if you experienced any undesirable symptoms after each meal or later that day. It helps you recognize triggers and later on for the reintroduction phase.

Low FODMAP Diet Resource

Here’s a great blog post from Positive HealthWellness to help you on your way.

 

Monash App

It’s only $11 to buy the Monash University FODMAPs app, available on iPhone and Android devices.They have a huge number of foods that have been tested for their FODMAP levels, as well as almost 100 original recipe ideas.

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