NutriMap Diet Prebiotics and Probiotics

June 6th, 2012, 02:06:15 admin

Prebiotics and Probiotics are associated with the restoration and maintenance of the colon. They are commonly confused for one another, so I’ll explain the difference:

       Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that benefit you by stimulating the growth of helpful bacteria in the colon. Wheat, onions, asparagus, chicory, banana and artichoke are common sources of prebiotic foods. You may have seen claims such as “ Prebiotics ice cream” which means that they have added prebiotic carbohydrates (usually oligomers), which produce byproducts that are beneficial to the human colon.

       Probiotics are oral dietary supplements that increase the number of good bacteria as well as decrease the amount of bad bacteria in your gut. They also aid in the proper digestion of foods and absorption of nutrients. Food sources include sauerkraut, miso, kefir, and yogurt. You’ve probably seen probiotic supplements, which claim that daily intake of billions of probiotics help maintain a healthy gut.

If you have a sensitive stomach, supplementation with prebiotic/probiotic combinations can produce symptomatic improvement in your life. Hundreds of studies show that these healthy bacteria promote overall good health. A good supplement should contain all the species of good bacteria, including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. Consult with a Specialist at Bio-Shift, to determine if a prebiotic/probiotic supplement can be an addition to your optimal health.

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