your Gut Microbiome And YOU
Suffering from digestive problems or a weak immune system? Want more energy and help with weight management and food cravings? A good digestive health supplement can really help.
The Gut Microbiome
The best way to support your gut is to support the gut’s “microbiome” and the best way to do this is to give it a prebiotic derived from whole food fiber AND a probiotic derived from micro-organisms specifically known to increase and support your gut’s “friendly organisms”.
So what are prebiotics and probiotics and why bother?
Before we go down that road let’s ask an important question, namely who would benefit from these types of products…
According to WebMD these are the reasons you might want to take a probiotic.
Prebiotics are essentially fiber that can make it thru the intestines undigested where they can work their magic in the colon. They exist naturally in certain foods like bananas, onions, garlic, artichoke, the skin of apples, chicory root, beans, and many others.
It turns out prebiotics are really important for overall gut health. I learned the importance of the gut’s “microbiome”, which are the community of bacteria that live there and how much they are involved in our health. I am actually really surprised at how much research has been done on the subject of prebiotics in the last 15 years. Essentially prebiotics (the good ones) work by stabilizing the gut. They do this by supporting the environment for “good bacteria” by making it difficult for the “bad bacteria” to survive.
Probiotics are live “bacteria type” organisms that are good for you. You want your microbiome to be mostly made from these good live bacteria organisms. It turns out the gut follows a sort “king of the mountain” rule. The organisms that have the highest number survive so, we need to do our best and make sure the “good bacteria” has the largest team, which makes it difficult for the “bad bacteria” to grow and cause problems.
putting it all together you can see that the goal is to create and support a healthy microbiome. You can do this by following a few simple rules.
A diet rich in fiber
Dr Kara says "It always starts with the food you put in your body. Keep it natural, keep it clean."
Supplement your diet with a prebiotic made from whole foods
Avoid prescription antibiotics, they can disrupt the gut's natural flora
Supplement your diet with a probiotic that has multiple good organism strains in sufficient quantities
Stress can disrupt the immune system which can mess with the gut's natural flora
Your gut relies on good circulation so keep it healthy with exercise
"Supplementing your diet with pre and probiotics in this day and age is especially important given the nutrient deficient, antibiotic laced foods currently available in most markets. Even better would be to take a product that already has an appropriate balance of pre and probiotics. "
KaraMD PreBio Complete is one such product.