Restore Your Microbiome: The Benefits Of Prebiotics & Probiotics
There are trillions of microorganisms living inside of your body and on your skin. Microbiota help and support you. They provide a host of benefits to the human body and may even be solely responsible for certain functions that are necessary for you to live a long, healthy life.
Today, we're just beginning to understand how important this microbiome really is. The microbiota that lives within the human gut stand out as particularly necessary. If you want to maintain a healthy weight, make the most of the energy and nutrients found in your food, and even potentially reduce anxiety and the potential to develop certain CNS disorders, then maintaining a healthy microbiome in your gut is essential. For many, this is where both probiotics and prebiotics play a key role.
Why is the microbiome important?
As explained above, the microbiome is not yet fully understood. However, we do know that it is one of the key components of optimal health. With a healthy microbiome, not only are disorders of the skin and gut either cleared up or entirely avoided, whole body systems can be affected.
For example, the studies above show that obesity can be linked to the presence or absence of certain microbes within the gut. In some cases, a person may be making incredibly efficient use of the food they eat and this leads to the creation of more fat than a person who is unable to digest and store the energy contained in the food they eat as efficiently. In other cases, a person may not be able to access certain nutrients because they lack the microbes needed to support that digestive process. This can lead to a general lack of energy or a nutrient deficiency over time.
Who needs probiotic supplements?
There are many natural factors that could lead to a person having a less than optimal internal microbiome. Your genetic makeup plays a factor. What you were fed as a baby and what your mother's health was like during pregnancy can also contribute. Even if these things all work out for the best, today's "modern" lifestyle was not designed to support a healthy microbiome.
Everyday "antibacterial" cleaning products. The modern, packaged and preserved foods you may eat. Pills, powders, drugs, and especially antibiotics all may deplete the helpful microbes that exist within your body. Stress and age can also cause damage to the average microbiome.
With all of these things working against you, it's no wonder that even the best diet can be just not enough. Even in what studies there are, supplementation is usually noted to be the best route to take if you want to quickly replenish your microbiome. This is why you may want to seriously consider taking a strong, resilient probiotic supplement and the prebiotics needed to feed them.
What's the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic?
A probiotic supplement is a supplement that contains some form of live microorganism or microorganisms that could live and colonize within your gut. In most cases, these will be of the Streptococcus, Bifidobacteria, or Lactobacilli strains.
A prebiotic supplement or food contains fiber and other nutrients that feed or improve the health of these microorganisms and their host (you). In many cases, using a prebiotic supplement with a probiotic can improve the survival rate and chance of colonization these live organisms will have. Survival rates are typically low due to the necessity for all probiotics ingested orally to pass through the stomach and encounter stomach acid before reaching the gut.
Probiotics, whether they're gummies or probiotic powders, work for everyone equally.
The microorganisms in your probiotics
With as many as a thousand different types of gut bacteria, you may be wondering what exactly should be in a probiotic. Before you down any probiotic capsules, it's a good idea to stop and ask a simple question: Is any type of bacteria superior over another? The short answer: Yes. In most cases, you should be looking for two types of bacteria over all the others. Why? Because they're very common types, native to nearly every human microbiome on the planet, and have a much higher rate of survival and subsequent colonization.
First, look for probiotic supplements containing “lactobacillus acidophilus”, often called Acidophilus for short. This bacteria is the most common and is absolutely necessary. It helps the body produce lactic acid and is responsible for the creation of the enzyme lactase.
Next, consider probiotic supplements with Bifidobacteria. This bacteria group is thought to be one of the first microorganisms to colonize the human intestinal tract. It provides a multitude of benefits and is a first line of treatment for and defense against digestive disorders and common digestive ailments in many countries.
Probiotics for men are just as effective as probiotics for women will be and vice versa.
Support gut healing
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Getting pre and probiotics naturally: do you need probiotic supplements?
There are many probiotic foods out there and even more prebiotic foods. However, for many, especially the lactose intolerant and squeamish among us, getting all the probiotics you need can be tough.
Probiotic foods are things that have been fermented. This includes kombucha, kimchi, natto, yogurt, cheese, and other fermented foods. However, it's important to note that they still contain live cultures. Some products are pasteurized after cultivation. This process kills all bacteria, even if it could be beneficial.
The best sources of probiotics, on the other side of the coin, are made up of fresh vegetables and herbs, primarily. From chicory root (found in many non-dairy ice creams), to artichokes, fresh greens, and any member of the allium family (onions, garlic, leeks, and chives), and even oats are all wonderful prebiotic foods found in most diets.