Prebiotics & Probiotics For Your Gut Health

Last year I started experiencing the odd bout of anxiety.  This was a particularly foreign feeling to me, so I had a sense that something in my body wasn’t quite right.  Around the same time, I observed both digestive issues (bloating, general discomfort) and brain fog/memory loss and was subsequently tested for a Candida overgrowth.  Testing positive I was put on a diet to improve my gut health and each of the above symptoms disappeared, including the anxiety.

It’s fascinating isn’t it, how our bodies have a way of telling us exactly what we need to know?

Is it time then to consider your own gut health?

Your gut health is critical!

The health of your gut is extremely important to your overall well-being.  It’s a place where a whole lot is going on, and rightly so – it has a profound impact on far more than how much dessert you can fit in after dinner.  So much so in fact that the gut is often referred to as the “second brain“.

This is because it’s responsible for some very critical functions in your digestive and immune systems.  The presence of what’s called “good bacteria” actually enhance your health, greatly improving things like your hormone regulation, nutrient absorption, digestion, immune system strength and your body’s ability to eliminate toxins.

As we now know, the gut also influences your mental health.  The gut contains an Enteric Nervous System that communicates with your Central Nervous System, which triggers mood changes.  It means depression, anxiety, memory loss, and other cognitive functions can all be caused by your gut.

All disease begins in the gut.
– Hippocrates.

Don’t you find that refreshing?   

The notion that by simply changing what you put on the end of your fork (or spoon) each day you can better your mental health?  

 The good news is that it’s quite easy to maintain a healthy gut and keep all of these bodily functions in tip-top shape.  

The answer?  Increase your levels of good bacteria.
How do you do that?  With Probiotics.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms found in bacteria, yeast, and fungi that keep your digestive system happy and running at its best.  It’s the good bacteria I’ve been talking about that your gut needs to keep everything running smoothly.

If you’ve ever seen an advertisement for yogurt where they talk about how much good bacteria it contains, they’re talking about Probiotics.  These “living” bacteria are generally found in cultured or fermented foods.  Apart from yogurt, this includes things like buttermilk, aged cheeses, sourdough bread, miso, tempeh, and the drink Kombucha.

Next time you look at a tub of yogurt, look out for guys like Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Lactis – they’re your friendly neighborhood Probiotics.

Using Probiotics helps you to:

  • Boost your body’s immune system by protecting it against harmful bacteria
  • Assist you to digest and process your food without bloating or gas
  • Restore your body’s natural balance after a stint on antibiotics, which tend to kill a lot of good bacteria in your system
  • Help your body absorb all the nutrients and good stuff it needs from what you eat

 

To improve your gut health, consume Probiotic foods like the above 1-2 times a day, and/or take a daily supplement.  You should start to see an improvement in a week or two.

What About Prebiotics?

Prebiotics, on the other hand, are non-digestible food fibers found in specific foods that give good bacteria (like those Probiotics) a helping hand to be more effective.

If you imagine Probiotics are plants, then Prebiotics are the soil.  They provide a stimulating environment that helps the good bacteria grow and have a bigger impact on your digestive tract.  For Probiotics to do their thing, they need a healthy level of Prebiotics around to feed them.

Prebiotic foods are a little easier to include in a healthy diet than Probiotic foods (in my opinion), so to improve your gut health I would recommend trying to incorporate them into your eating naturally, before looking at supplements. Combining Probiotic and Prebiotic-rich foods in your diet can allay many mental and physical health-related issues and support your health and well-being long-term.  Perhaps this is the prompt you need to make your gut health a priority.

Here is a list of foods that are rich in Prebiotic goodness:

Garlic

Jerusalem artichokes

Skin of apples

Onions, leeks, and celery

Legumes

Chicory Root

Rye, barley and whole oats

By Amy Crawford, Source

Also from our store: BIOME-XYM PROBIOTICS is a blend of thirteen (13) broad spectrum super strains of probiotic bacteria that originate from six (6) different genera or families. They are delivered to the lower intestinal tract via delayed release, acid-resistant capsules.  Each dosage contains 50 billion CFU. Always consult your healthcare practitioner if you are uncertain about symptoms you are experiencing and making subsequent changes to your diet.

 

Leaky Gut Natural Remedies

Leaky gut is a syndrome where digestive matter moves through the intestinal wall into the abdominal cavity. This provokes an auto-immune response; it may be totally separate, or connected with food allergies (related to Celiac’s disease) such as allergies to grains, gluten, or dairy products.

Causes of leaky gut can be food intolerances and made worse, or be caused by antibiotics, regular use of NSAIDS (non-prescription pain relievers), and steroid use. It can cause or increase other auto immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Leaky gut is not recognized by modern medicine and most likely caused or aggravated by anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), steroids and antibiotics. They don’t seem to see a connection with leaky gut syndrome and arthritic, digestive, and auto-immune disorders.

Natural perspective on leaky gut is to eliminate food allergens and to attempt to eliminate all pain relievers (aspirin may be the worst), antibiotics, and steroids. Then you must use several of the following natural therapies for leaky gut to repair the gut. You can always use other natural treatments for auto immune diseases and symptoms. Gut repair can be effective in 2 to 4 weeks.

Diet for Leaky Gut

It is important to eliminate allergic foods for 30 to 40 days to determine their effects.  Obvious dietary concerns are to eliminate tobacco, alcohol, coffee, black tea, and refined foods.

Nutritional Supplements for Leaky Gut

Antioxidants are needed in general; Grape seed extract at 200 mg a day for tissue integrity, and Evening Primrose oil at 1000 mg a day to promote tissue health.

 

Herbs for Leaky Gut

Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.

Use a combination of the following herbs in capsule or powder for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb 3 times a day or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.Plantain – to heal intestinal wounds and seal the leaky gut. Anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant, liver protective.

Yarrow – antimicrobial, anti-spasmodic, wound healing, useful for liver, antiulcer and for varicose veins.

Chamomile – improve digestive function, IBS, GERD, muscle relaxing, anti-inflammatory.

Marshmallow – to soothe the mucus membranes and protect against ulcers, and other wounds.


Cell Salts to Help with Leaky Gut

To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.

#2 Calc phos 6X – increases digestion, promotes calcium metabolism
#10 Nat phos 6X – promotes proper digestion and pH
#12 Silicea 6X – to heal the gut and connective tissues


Leaky Gut Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.

These homeopathics may help when symptoms match; there are no known remedies for leaky gut syndrome. It is always worth a try using 30c potency.

Colocynthis – lower abdominal pains and cramping that cause one to double over into a ball; food and drink taste bitter; sensitivities to potatoes and starch; feels better from coffee.

Magnesia carb – skin smells sour; sour belching and vomiting of bitter water; eats all day; aversion to vegetables, green foods, green fruit; feels worse form dairy products, starches, potatoes, cabbage; thirsty at night craving for meat, fruit, acids, vegetables, bread and butter.

Magnesia mur – the main remedy for small intestine health; food sensitivities to dairy  products; helps liver and nerves; diarrhea from dairy; lots of trapped painful gas.

Nux vomica – food sits like a rock in the stomach; indigestion; anger, irritability, rage; craves stimulants and alcohol; craves fats, bitter and spicy foods; coffee milk, beer and water don’t taste right.

 

 

Source: Dave’s Healing Notes

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