Promoting a Healthy Microbiome

Many of us have probably heard of or are using probiotics. Probiotics are microorganisms introduced into the body for their beneficial qualities at a specialized dose. It’s actually a Greek word meaning for life. Usually they are organisms from the lactobacillus or bifidobacterium family. They come in the form of powders, pills and capsules. We ingest these microbes live and they make their way down into the intestines where they battle to become a part of the occupants on the lining of our intestines. They then can fight our harmful bacteria by releasing substances that go against them. Probiotics can also prevent the release of toxins from harmful bacteria in our gut. They can even help to regulate our immune systems. The acids that the probiotics make promote good bacteria and inhibit inflammatory bacteria. They break down the undigestible fibers that we eat to make short chain fatty acids (which is literally the micro-poop of the bacteria). Our gut then uses these short chain fatty acids as energy for the cells of our intestines. This then gives off chemical signals that build the intestinal barrier and reduce inflammation.

Who Should Use Probiotics:

  • Definitely if you are put on a course of broad spectrum antibiotics and to prevent antibiotic associated diarrhea. While antibiotics cure infection, they wipe out also the good bacteria in our gutt that helps to keep the microbial system in balance.
  • If you suffer from bacterial vaginosis
  • It has been shown to be beneficial in recurrent abdominal pain in children of no known origin
  • Research is growing in the areas of Gestational Diabetes and Ulcerative Colitis.
  • To optimize wellness and gutt health it can also be used but if you are immunocompromised or critically ill this may not be such a good idea for you.

So what about PREbiotics? What’s the difference?

Prebiotics are compounds in food that induce the growth or activity of beneficial microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Prebiotics are a group of nutrients that are broken down by gut microorganisms. Here is just a starter list of prebiotics found in these fibrous and easily accessible foods such as:

  • Onions
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Flaxseeds
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Wheat bran
  • Seaweed
  • Oats
  • Cocoa
  • Burdock Root
  • Barley
  • Bananas
  • Dandelion greens
  • Most of all, cut down as much as possible on routine eating of processed foods of any kind. Meats, carbs, etc. Prebiotics comes from whole and nutritious foods. 🙌🍎🍌🥬🧄🧅

Amazingly, there has been recent research to show that THERE IS A MICROBIOME IN YOUR BRAIN!!!! 🧠These are the same bacteria found in our guts. Dave Asprey, author of the book ”Super Human” says that people that age well and live long have way more diversity of bacteria in their guts. He also speaks about intermittent fasting and how it helps to promote a healthy gut lining and a specific type of bacteria. This bacteria is responsible for keeping inflammation down in our guts and eats & refreshes the mucus in our guts. We must eat the correct foods to make this healthy and NOT EAT sometimes….i.e., intermittent fasting.

Watch this short video by Nourishable to help to understand Probiotics and Prebiotics and how they have been proven to be beneficial.

Begin to research and compile your own list of foods. My above list is just a start. Ther are many options but hopefully this will get you to looking closer into the subject for yourself and developing a more healthy relationship between you and your bacteria in your body.

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