Why Take Prebiotics
Probiotics is receiving a lot of hype at the moment with ads telling us to eat yogurt and other foods; yet it is just as important to take prebiotics although this is scarcely mentioned.
Taking prebiotics, non-digestible fiber, is a catalyst for the growth of probiotics, good bacteria, within the stomach. Although they are contained in some foods, the average American’s diet is not sufficient to provide adequate quantities of either nutrient. This makes taking a supplement the best way to assure your digestive health.
Absence of Good Bacteria
First we must understand the role that probiotics, good bacteria, plays in keeping us healthy. Your body has both good and bad bacteria, and if the bad bacteria grow without probiotics to keep its numbers in check, you get sick.
We carry around a strain of the E-coli in our gut and it could even kill us if it were to get the upper hand. However a sufficient amount of good bacteria doesn’t allow that to happen.
Lack of probiotics has been linked to maladies like:
- Acid Indigestion;
- And Diarrhea.
Even some migraines can be traced to digestive problems
Probiotics maintain a balance in our system.
When you’ve had a bad infection treated with antibiotics, a lot of the good bacteria inside of the intestinal tract are destroyed along with the bad because the cure does not know the difference. The treatment destroys the bacteria no matter where it resides. We are never on antibiotics long enough to kill all the bacteria in our bodies – we have some 500 – 1,000 different species – however the equilibrium within the intestinal tract is upset. So your physician will often prescribe a regime of probiotics in order to restore the balance.
Biotics Working Together
So how does prebiotics fit into the picture? It is prebiotics that allow the good bacteria to grow and prosper.
Remember our example of the doctor prescribing probiotics. You should also be taking prebiotics to ensure that the good bacteria don’t sit dormant in your intestinal tract. Prebiotics are fibers in food that we can’t digest. When your digestive system is flooded with this fiber, the good bacteria go to work breaking the fiber down and creating probiotic growth which makes it easier to restore the balance with bad bacteria.
Prebiotics, Probiotics and Diet
You can find both prebiotics and probiotics naturally in the foods you eat. Probiotics are contained in foods such as yogurt, butter milk and Sauer Kraut. Although we find prebiotics in fruits and vegetables, most of us end up throwing away the skin which contains the most fiber. Our diets simply don’t give us sufficient amounts of these important nutrients.
So how often should we take prebiotics – once a day, twice a week? Either one is better than nothing. But to see the problem only in these terms is missing an important principle and that principle is synbiotics which is the real key to digestive health. This is simply taking the two in tandem and allowing them to interact within the confines of the large intestines. In this way, the good bacteria can feed off the fiber and probiotic growth will be maximized.
As we mentioned before, the typical diet provides us with neither the amount of nutrients we need nor their proper timing. This is why there are so many supplements on the market. But which is the right one to take?
We personally take Digesten-K, manufactured in New Zealand; it is the only 100% natural digestive supplement available on the market that works to maintain total balance in your digestive tract. What we like most is that the prebiotics and probiotics are working together. It is all contained in one capsule.