Balance is imperative to good health and the way to achieve digestive health is through the introduction of microflora or probiotics to our systems. Prebiotics will increase the probiotics in your intestines and increase your ability to absorb calcium and other important minerals. This new field of nutritional research boasts promising results for the heart and the immune systems. This link between our health and our diet is a new awareness to promote well-being.
Prebiotics are a type of fiber which can help the body fight intestinal and colon problems. They are usually carbohydrates and are most commonly soluable fiber. These fibers are found in fruit, legumes and whole grains as well as yogurt. Bifidobacteria and lactic acid are increased and made more active. They improve digestion, increase absorption and boost the immune system.
Prebiotics can be taken as a supplement and also are added into some processed foods. Yogurts contain them. Supplements can be added to drinks, to foods or taken in a capsule or pill form.
Certain vegetables contain prebiotic fiber like bananas, chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks and onions. If you suffer from blood sugar imbalances it will help to produce acids to balance the sugars. Stomach aches, ulcerative colitis and thrush have all been shown to be improved on this type of diet.
Cholesterol and triglycerides levels have been lowered with the use of prebiotics. Inulin has reduced arteriosclerosis by 30%. Foods high in fiber are a particularly good source which include oatmeal, berries, and legumes. White blood cells are boosted and T cells. Osteoporosis and diabetes have been treated with prebiotics. Keep your body healthy, feed it the right things and you can maintain a balanced system.
You may see an increase in your bowel movements as your body cleanses itself and becomes used to the new levels of bacteria residing in your gut. The colon’s environment will become slightly acidic from the short chain fatty acids (SFCA’s) that are products by the prebiotics as it reduces the hydrogen sulfide gas, they will be beneficial to the walls of the colon helping eliminate the effects of ulcerative colitis.
Treatment of disease is controversial but initial studies have shown that prebiotics can improve antibiotic-related diarrhea, gastroenteritis and improve bowel functions. Mineral absorption is increased and the immune system is enhanced. Intestinal irregularity, ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer have all shown improvement. Colon cancer in it’s early stage has been shown to have been either prevented and even stopped from the effect of SFCA’s.
Balancing your body with good bacteria, feeding your digestive system with the foods that help it help you is the path to staying healthy and feeling your best. Stress, drugs such as anti-biotics and a diet filled with processed foods and sugars as well as unhealthy lifestyles are all contributors to reducing the good bacteria in our guts. Eat the right foods and maintain a healthy balance.