While some people believe that probiotics will bring the bacteria back into alignment, there are three aspects of probiotics to consider:
- No two people share the same microbiome; it is unique to you. Not all strains of bacteria will be harmonious to your unique digestive system. I’ve seen many clients who cannot tolerate many off-the-shelf probiotics for this reason. It doesn’t mean probiotics are bad, it just means you need to find a brand that is right for you.
- Probiotics do not thrive outside of their natural environment. Most probiotics on the market range from 3 billion to 100 billion in strength. It’s questionable exactly how much of the good bacteria reaches your gut microbiome. Bottom line, you may not get the amount you need in pill or powder form to address your specific requirements.
- If you take the same few probiotic strains all the time, you may be ignoring other bacterial strains important to your health.
Certain probiotic strains targeted for each client’s specific needs are always recommended but this is not always easy to do.
Super-size your beneficial bacteria with Prebiotics.
Probiotics are living creatures and they need to feed on the right mix of nutrients called Prebiotics.
The two superstars of beneficial bacteria are lactobacillus and bifidobacteria who thrive on prebiotics such as oligosaccharides (inulin), oligofructose, fructooligosaccharides (FOS), galactooligosaccharides (GOS), and trans-galactooligosaccharides (TOS).
These strains can be measured by a comprehensive stool analysis to help evaluate your level of microbiota health.
Inulin is found in garlic, onions, and Jerusalem artichoke. However, the greatest amount of inulin is found in the root of plants such as chicory, the root of Belgian endive. FOS-containing foods include leeks, beets, bananas, and asparagus. GOS and TOS are natural by-products of milk.
It’s not realistic to keep these foods in your diet on a regular basis, let alone eat enough of them during the day.
It’s much easier to scoop a good prebiotic in a glass of water or sprinkle it over your food.
The leading prebiotic on the market in South Africa, Stomax, features a formula of both inulin and oligofructose as the food sources, or “fertilizer” for probiotics.
This full-spectrum prebiotic promotes positive bacteria action throughout the entire colon. It is also the most scientifically researched fibre in human studies over two decades.
You are in control and so is your good bacteria!
You’ve learned that there is a lot you can do to help your pet remain in good health. We know their environment is becoming more toxic, so it is important to pause and find ways to reduce their toxic burden.
Take time to make changes in their food source and food packaging, as well as eliminating the chemicals used in and around the home. Research in Gulf War illness (GWI) has linked pesticides to altering the gut microbiome. But remember, pesticides are also all around us and in our food sources along with your pet’s food.
Don’t forget to monitor your pet’s emotional stress and find ways to bring those levels down.
Finally, and most importantly, your microbiome is critical to your immune system.
You must nurture it with the right probiotic food sources and prebiotic nutrients. Keeping your pet’s microbiome healthy will help it keep them healthy!
Excerps from an article by Dr Gerda Edwards, PhD, DNM, FDN – Military Gut Microbiome: Unique and Universal