Prebiotics and postbiotics are enhancers to our digestive system, encouraging optimum life to probiotics, bacteria or yeasts, that feed the microflora in our intestinal tract.
Prebiotics are probiotic enhancers such as inulin (a chicory fructan) and fructooligosaccharides, which occur naturally in garlic, onion, leeks, asparagus, chicory, bananas, and artichokes or other items considered colon food. Click here to see inulin and fructooligosaccharides together and here to see fructooligosaccharides affiliately.
Expert Consult says, “Prebiotics are nondigestible nutrients that selectively stimulate the growth and activity of one or more colonic microorganisms that act to promote the health and well-being of the host.”
Metabolic products of probiotics are postbiotics.
Postbiotics are considered anti-inflammatory bacterial factors. “Probiotics have been shown to have an immune modulating affect,” says Dr. Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci, FAACP, DACBN, DABCN, DIBAK, CNS and author of Why Isn’t My Brain Working? (affiliate link).
PubMed says, “Recent work on relevant probiotic strains has also led to the isolation and characterization of certain probiotic-produced, soluble factors, here called postbiotics, which were sufficient to elicit the desired response.”
Dr. Datis says, “It’s the postbiotic that has the critical immune effects. The bacteria that you produce that are encouraged by probiotics product lipopolysaccarides (affiliate link), which have an immune modulating effect.”
Different probiotics feed different bacterium. Not all probiotics have the same effect on everybody since each person’s microbiome and pathogenic overgrowth is unique to that specific person.
The NIH says, “Probiotics can have inflammatory activities in both healthy and IBD tissue. Valid preclinical data on proper model systems should therefore be obtained before specific probiotic strains enter the clinics, especially if administered during acute inflammatory responses. Postbiotics may be a safe alternative for the treatment of patients with IBD.”
Postbiotics are showing promise for those with Irritable Bowel Disease, even for those experiencing an acute inflammatory event.
Synbiotics, a product that has both the prebiotic and a postbiotic, are showing promise for increasing effectiveness of the probiotic in the small intestine.
Some natropaths recommend putting a probiotic inside a second capsule like this gel capsule giving the probiotic a longer transit time, reaching further into the intestinal tract. Others recommend freezing the probiotic in hopes to reach the same effect. Still others get more travel time out of a probiotic by encapsulating it into another capsule with a layer of water so that when frozen and swallowed it will have a longer transit time. Prescript Assist is considered one of the highest ranking broad spectrum probiotic & prebiotic complex blends, safe for GAPS people. Biokult is considered the gold standard of probiotics (affiliate links).
One test study showed rats with a subcutaneous hook worm seeing results with this probiotic assistance method. “Significant reductions in pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1α, IL-1β, IL-6, and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α were observed in both models suggesting a single, unifying mode of action on an upstream regulator,” according to the NIH.
Click here to learn how to make probiotics at home.
*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. firstname.lastname@example.org
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