Did you know that 70% of the bodyâ??s immune function is related to the gut? Prebiotics and Probiotics are essential for the healthy functioning of your gut…..
In todayâ??s world, people are accessing information about health and nutrition from many sources including the internet, media and friends.
We are bombarded with statistics and research on what vitamins to take, what to eat to have a healthy digestive system and how to manage your nutritional intake, to name but a few issues.
On the topic of prebiotics and probiotics, here are the facts
The small intestine is faced with the tough job of selective absorption, or in other words, to absorb nutrients needed, but prevent the absorption of pathogens and other substances that might be harmful and cause disease. The gut contains a large amount of bacteria that is either beneficial (â??goodâ? bacteria) or detrimental (â??badâ? bacteria) to health. In this simplistic view of gut microbiology, the effect of prebiotics and probiotics can be explained.
A prebiotic is a non-digestible type of dietary fibre that promotes health by stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut
This special class of fibre is naturally present in foods such as onion, garlic, asparagus, wheat and banana.
Prebiotics act as a source of energy for healthy or â??goodâ? bacteria in the gut, thereby enhancing their growth and limiting the growth of pathogenic or â??badâ? bacteria.
Probiotics are the actual live bacteria taken in via a supplement or a food source
Where prebiotics can be seen as the â??foodâ? that supplies energy to beneficial bacteria in order to promote their growth, probiotics are the actual live bacteria taken in via a supplement or a food source.
By consuming the live bacterial strain, the number of beneficial organisms in the gut can be increased. This keeps the growth of pathogenic organisms at bay. This is how prebiotics and probiotics work together to ensure a healthy balance of gut bacteria
In order to keep your bodyâ??s digestive system working at its best, one should try to include prebiotics and probiotics as part of your daily nutritional intake.
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