You probably have heard about probiotics and prebiotics as their popularity is increasing tremendously in the
scientific field for being effective agents that help regulate the body’s micro-environment. When our micro-environment is balanced, it contains healthy bacteria and micro organisms that live together withour harming us and whitout our bodies fighting them off as it happens when we have an infection. The main sites of colonization are the intestinal tract, the genital organs, the mouth and the skin. Each site is colonized differently, however, the composition of one site can greatly affect the composition of the others.
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria. When the micro-environment gets discombobulated such as when we take antibiotics or our immune system is low, the probiotic or healthy organisms can drastically reduce in numbers thus unhealthy organisms take their place. Anytime pathogenic organisms become a big part of our micro-environment, we can develop colon problems, allergies, local infections of the skin or genital area, and other immune system related diseases.
Some types of colitis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have, in some cases, been found to be attributed to an imbalance of microorganisms in the body. Therefore it is easy to conclude that a diet supplemented with probiotics and prebiotics becomes very useful to our health. Probiotics are strains of living bacteria in their natural state or spore form (spore form helps the bacteria survive through tough times). The spore form survives the
intestinal tract and reaches the colon helping the colonization of healthy bacteria in the colon wall. This then reflects on the health of our genital organs, mouth and skin).
Prebiotics very simply put are the “food” of the probiotic bacteria. Prebiotics nourish probiotics. There are three types of prebiotics – short chain, long-chain, and full-spectrum prebiotics. The majority of the research done in
prebiotics has been done on full-spectrum prebiotics (the ones which nourish the bacteria through the colon). Using probiotics and prebiotics supplements can help our bodies’ micro-environment stay in balance so that pathogenic bacteria do not grow and gain a hold of our system (causing disease).
Some foods that contain Prebiotics are raw garlic, raw and cooked onions, raw chicory root, raw dandelion greens, asparagus, etc.
Visalus Sciences Nutritional Shake mix contains prebiotics as well as a plethora of ingredients, vitamins and minerals necessary to our bodies every single day but seldom attained for a lack of nutrients in vegetables and fruits today due to the declining fruit and vegetable composition (soil nutrient depletion).
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