In the previous article, I discussed summarily probiotics and I even did some few reviews on some probiotic supplements and how important they are to the health of our guts in particular and the entire body as a whole.
To summarize, probiotics are healthy live microorganisms that live in our gut.
Prebiotics, what are they?
In order for these healthy live microorganisms in our guts called probiotics to survive and function, they need food, just like every single living organism needs food to survive and function, probiotics also need food to survive and function optimally.
Taking about food for probiotics, one would begin to wonder what kind of food these microorganisms needs, is it the normal food that humans eat, or do they need a special brand of food different from what we eat?
Truth is, probiotics feed on food that is indigestible by humans and that food is fiber. Fibers are not digestible by humans but probiotics ferment them and use them as food for themselves.
These fibers that serve as food to probiotics is what is referred to as prebiotics.
Prebiotics, therefore, is a fermented fiber that serves as the source of food to probiotics. They are the indigestible food ingredients that serve and aid the growth of beneficial bacteria called probiotics. Prebiotics stimulate the activities of probiotics.
Fibers As Prebiotics.
You know that most fibers are made up of glucose, e g cellulose, according to Dr. Karin Dina, A special type of fibers prefers by probiotics as the source of food is that which is composed of Fructose, e g Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and Inulin.
Probiotics break down both Fructooligosaccharides and Inulin into fructose and free fatty acids.
Prebiotics food sources.
Studies have it that both Fructooligosaccharide and Inulin can be gotten in more than 36,000 plants sources. whole food plants such as:
- Artichoke Jerusalem.
- Gum Arabic
- Dry or raw leeks
- Raw Asparagus
- Whole wheat flour.
Water melon oranges
berries and much more.
Can One Get Enough Prebiotics Just By Eating These Foods?
To get enough of this fibrous food that can feed and stimulate the activities of probiotics, one would be needing to take lots and lots of these whole plant food on a consistence basis. However, lots of people prefer the use of prebiotics supplements to help them balance things up much faster and safer.
Is Prebiotics Really Important In The Body System?
From the information contained here, I assumed that you already have known that prebiotics serves as fertilizer to probiotics(good bacteria). prebiotics basically provide food for intestinal microorganism already living in your guts. They also aid in the development of these beneficial bacteria. So, going by these important factors, without prebiotics there will be no food to sustain these beneficial bacteria and you know the lack of these beneficial bacteria could spell serious health crises in our gut.
There are other potential benefits of prebiotics that have not been clinically proven yet but here are they.
- Help in reducing the level of bad bacteria.
Improve mineral absorption, like calcium.
- brings relief from occasional constipation in the elderly.
Any Danger In Prebiotics?
Probably the most important caution in taking prebiotics is, its increase the growth of bacteria in the gut and looking at someone who probably is battling with Gastro Intestinal issues like SIBO, IBS, and other GI Disorder as a result of excess accumulation of bacteria in the gut, it would be suicidal adding more nutrients that will encourage the growth of these bacteria and so it won’t be wise taking prebiotics.
Dr, Karin Dina, D.C, Prebiotics, what are they…
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