What you need to know about prebiotic and probiotics
This audio is all about Probiotics and Prebiotics.
– What are they?
– The difference between probiotics and prebiotics and how they work together for overall health.
– What should you look for when taking them as a supplement?
– Should you be taking them if you aren’t getting them in your diet?
– How probiotics affect leaky gut.
– Why you should take probiotics after consuming antibiotics.
– How much should you be getting through food or supplementation.
In this lesson I will also talk to you in detail about Glyphosate, or RoundUp, and how it affects your gut health.
But, let’s start with probiotics! Probiotics are live bacteria that we tend to create in our gut. They help with healthy digestion, hormone regulation, and more! The important thing to understand about probiotics is that you want a wide variety of them to maintain balance and a healthy gut! They are pivotal to our overall health, because as you know 70-80% of our health is found in our gut.
Research shows that 30 to 400 trillion microorganisms live in our gut. Think of it as a flourishing ecosystem in which all of the living organisms are necessary to maintain balance.
Recent research has shown that probiotic use greatly reduced gut inflammation.
Though this is great news! Where I want you to be hesitant, is the use of probiotics and weight loss. Tread lightly here, because to date these studies have only been done on rodents.
So how to do chose the right probiotic. Unfortunately most of the brands in the market are useless and make false claims about their product. But hopefully this lesson will give you confidence when it comes to taking probiotics as a supplement.
The key is to find a very high potency probiotic. You want to look for one that has between 25 and 50 billion live CFU’s (Colony Forming Units). Make sure at purchase that the supplement isn’t expired and that it’s a product that requires refrigeration. The label should list that the supplement contains “live & active cultures”, and if it lists out the specific strands, that’s a bonus!
So who do you trust when it comes to consuming a probiotic? My recommendation is to listen to your integrative medical doctor if you are currently using one. If not, then use sites such as Labdoor.com. They are a 3rd party site that tests supplements on the market and then they post their full report on the quality. Bookmark this site and use it anytime you are thinking about taking a supplement.
So should you be taking a probiotic daily? I honestly don’t think I can answer that question for you. What I CAN say is that I do think you should be taking a variety of probiotics strands and potentially cycling yourself on and off of them. I am always very hesitant to believe someone when they say that I should be taking X probiotic everyday for the rest of my life. Some experts I’ve interviewed have stated that this actually can inhibit your body from creating those strands itself. So ultimately, listen to your body, do your research, and figure out what’s best for you.
So what about prebiotics!? Prebiotics keep probiotics alive. We get most from our food. Diets high in animal meat consumption, or aggressive medical therapies, or a diet low in nutritional content (consuming processed foods) can lead to a gut that is low in prebiotics. The best way to improve this, is to increase your consumption of foods high in prebiotics.
Foods high in prebiotics: quinoa, berries, flax seeds, garlic, honey, agave, leeks, artichokes, yams, sweet potatoes, beans, and more! A bigger list will be provided to you as a download!
Here’s what I want you to take away about prebiotics; they open the door for a heightened level of health because the probiotics we take work MORE effectively when we have adequate amounts of prebiotics.