What Are Pro & Prebiotics?
What are they?
Probiotics are microorganisms (that are live) with the intent to provide health benefits when taken which is generally done by improving gut flora. They can either be bacteria or yeast, and can help with different symptoms or problems you may be experiencing. Here are a few:
Lactobacillus - This is considered to be the most common probiotic and is often found in things such as yogurt and foods that are fermented. Different strains in their family can aid with diarrhea and lactose intolerance for those experiencing trouble with either.
Bifidobacterium - This is also found in some dairy products and has been found to help with IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome).
Saccharomyces Boulardii - This is a yeast that is found in probiotics that also helps to combat diarrhea.
How can they help?
Research has found that they aid in keeping the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut, while also promoting bacteria growth after taking antibiotics. They help with:
IBS (Irritable Bowl Syndrome)
IBD ( Inflammatory Bowl Disease)
Infectious Diarrhea (Caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
Diarrhea (Caused by antibiotics)
Skin conditions (Eczema, Pimples, and Acme)
Urinary and Vaginal Health
Preventing allergies and colds
What are they?
Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the “good” bacteria in your gut. They help keep the “good” bacteria strong and healthy while also reducing the likelihood of diseases and improving good health overall. They are the non-digestible part of the food which is fermented in the colon where the benefits are activated.
How can they help?
Prebiotics are not as sensitive to temperature, acidity, or time in comparison to probiotic bacteria which boosts it’s overall effectiveness. They inhibit the growth of “bad” bacteria within the gut, and can combat many disorders. These disorders can include:
Gut Flora (gut microbiota, gastrointestinal microbiota) is a highly complex colony/community of microorganisms that are found/located in the digestive tracts of humans . The gut meta genome is the aggregate of the entirety of genomes of the gut microbiota.
Gut Flora is a key factor and player in your health and well being. The two most important roles of gut flora have to do with:
Immune System Protection
For Gut Flora to properly work there needs to be a balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria, which is why it is key to switch up your pro & prebiotics to ensure that your gut is getting all forms of bacteria and fiber it needs to maintain a a healthy functioning level.
Supporting Your Immune System: The helpful bacteria directly protect the lining of our intestines which in turn keeps out any harmful bacteria that would do harm to us. When this is compromised it leads to a higher probability of gut permeability meaning harmful bacteria can enter the walls of your intestines which can often lead to IBS.
Metabolic Effects: Gut Flora plays an important role by providing vitamins and nutrients that are essential to our health. They also effect carbohydrates that were not digested to provide further nutrients , encourage epithelial cell growth, and modulate fat storage.
How do they help?
They help by combating the following issues:
Inflammatory Bowl Disease
Irritable Bowl Syndrome