Prebiotics, Probiotics and Symbiotics – The Powerful Trio Supporting Digestive Health

Prebiotics, Probiotics and Symbiotics – The Powerful Trio Supporting Digestive Health

The digestive system includes the sophisticated process in which the food that you eat is being broken down into substances that can be used in the body. That is, if it’s functioning the way it’s supposed to and reality is that the last century has brought on a culprit of digestive issues as a result of environmental and lifestyle changes. While many of us are experiencing digestive problems that seem to pick up as we age, it is good to know that most symptoms associated with the gut can be improved or even treated with the right knowledge and tools. Meet the powerful trio of prebiotics, probiotics and symbiotics and learn how they can have a positive effect on your digestive health.

Microorganisms and Their Effect on Digestion

Healthy microorganisms live in the digestive tract and play a major role in supporting our bodies.There is a balance in the digestive tract between good and bad microorganisms that interact with each other to form a supportive environment that is vital for our general wellness.

A study conducted in 1908 by Nobel Prize-winning scientist Elie Metchnikoff of the Pasteur Institute in Paris provided the first evidence that microorganisms were linked to the health-promoting effects of fermented milks.

Metchnikoff studied Bulgarian farmers that lived to very old age and found that their long and healthy lives most likely were linked to microbes in the milk that they so frequently drank. In his book The Prolongation of Life, he proposed that bad bacteria that is causing illness could be destroyed by consuming large amounts of Bulgarian sour milk, which contained the beneficial bacteria later to be known as Lactobacillus bulgaricus.

Probiotics – For Life

The bacteria group that produces lactic acid are known as Lactobacillus. The studies and therapeutic use of good bacteria to improve health is referred to as probiotics which in fact translates to “for life”.

Probiotics are live bacteria that are beneficial to your digestive health by regulating the human gut microbiota. One of the most beneficial effects probiotics has is to fight harmful microorganisms .  Because of this, there is an increased risk for intestinal conditions such as viral gastroenteritis when there is a reduction and a lack of replenishment of our healthy microorganisms and probiotic microflora.

When there are sufficient good probiotic organisms in the gut, there is a much lower risk of inflammatory bowel disease, and there is a reversal effect in those who are already suffering from it along with several other gut related conditions such as ulcerative colitis and regional enteritis. 

Several studies have proven that a sufficiency in probiotics contribute to increasing the metabolism of certain lipid or lypophilic substances, reduce certain toxicants that are secreted through the bile into the gastrointestinal tract, and reduce the reuptake of cholesterol and fatty acid products. This can be linked to a significant reduction in serum cholesterol after just one month of daily consumption of adequate probiotic organisms.

The Importance of Digestive Enzymes 

Probiotics also contribute to the creation of many important digestive enzymes that have an important role in breaking down food as well as making the nutrients available. The enzyme Lactase breaks down the sugar in dairy products and improves the absorption of lactose. These bacteria contribute to decreased diarrhea and improved general digestion. It is therefore suggested that a healthy person takes 8-12 billion probiotic organisms that are a blend of Lactobacilli, Bifidobacterium, and Strep thermophilus a day. If you are traveling, stressed or recovering from sickness or recently consumed antibiotics this number should be increased to 20 billion per day. 

The probiotic organisms in the capsules of PERQUE Digesta Guard Forté 10 are highly stable and contain 7.5 billion organisms per capsule as well as 10 active, viable, live probiotic strains. These capsules are produced and stored under freezing conditions which is great for maintaining the organisms and making sure that the active loss is minimized. 

Side Effects of Antibiotics 

Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria and can have a significant impact on the bacteria in your gut. The digestive system depends on the good bacteria to break down nutrients for digestion and to decompose waste and when we rely on antibiotics these organisms never fully develop their natural immune response mechanism and become more susceptible to disease. The frequent use of antibiotics can also cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria and yeast overgrowth. Yeast (Candida albicans) is often treated with probiotics.

Fiber is Vital 

Fiber is a key component to having a healthy digestive system and has a positive impact on blood cholesterol levels. It helps the body keep bowel movements regular and optimizes the transit time (the time it takes for content in your gut to move all the way from consumption to elimination). The desired transit time should be 12-18 hours and is achieved by having a diet that is high in fiber (80% soluble and 20% insoluble).

By incorporating a good amount of fiber into your diet you can also help the body lower the glycemic index as well as your BMI.

In addition, Fiber absorbs nutrients, detoxifies toxins and improves mental clarity.  PERQUE Regularity Guard has an ideal combination of fiber and prebiotics that improves digestion and support to the gut naturally. The amount needed depends on if you are on a high fiber diet or on the standard American diet that contains a very low amount of fiber.

How Glutamine Supports Gut Health

Glutamine has a significant impact on digestion and the normal metabolic function of the intestines. Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and deficiency is often linked to conditions such as leaky bowel syndrome and damaged mucosa. Glutamine controls pH balance through the kidneys and helps the body to remove acids. There are also several other positive effects of glutamine such as enhancing bowel function in people with short-bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal conditions. Glutamine have also been shown to protect and repair the stomach lining and by taking a supplement that contains L-glutamine and Pyridoxal Alpha Ketoglutarate (PAK) such as PERQUE Endura/PAK Guard you can both optimize your digestion and protect the lining of your stomach.

Bedtime Beverages To Boost Sleep

It is recommended to stay away from caffeinated drinks after lunch but choosing a natural and caffeine free drink made from plants or herbs can in opposition be the key to a restful night filled with restorative sleep. There are many variations of sleep enhancing teas, all with different types of health benefits that will assist you in getting the shut-eye that your body needs. Try our most-loved favorites below to find out what works best for you, and remember; always choose organic whenever possible and be aware of any allergies that you might have.

Chamomile tea: Chamomile is a herb that can assist you in falling asleep and promoting sleep through its apigen content. Apigen has a calming effect, by binding benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, it decreases anxiety and promotes overall better sleep. As a bonus, apigenin also works as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective compound.

Lavender tea: Lavender tea is made from steeping the fresh or dried buds of the flowers of the lavender plant. There are many benefits to lavender and it is known to reduce anxiety both when inhaled and ingested through GABA (the inhibitory and relaxing neurotransmitters that are chemical messengers in the nervous system).  Lavender has a calming effect that promotes slow-wave sleep which allows you to sleep more deeply for longer.

Lemon Balm tea: Lemon balm belongs to the mint family and has a distinct citrusy aroma. It is a calming herb with a long history of use for stress and anxiety relief dating back to the Middle Ages. Similar to Lavender, it helps you relax and fall asleep easier by influencing an enzyme that allows GABA to stick around longer in the brain, allowing you to relax and slip more easily into sleep.

Passionflower:  Passionflower tea is made from the flowers of the Passiflora incarnata plant. The specific active ingredient in this plant is still elusive but the presence of GABA itself as well as a variety of flavonoids and other active components produce a calming effect, and an improvement in quality of sleep.

Non-Dairy Golden Milk: Golden milk has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine and is praised for its many health promoting benefits including enhancing sleep. It contains a combination of turmeric, milk and other spices including black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, star anise and cayenne for flavor, warmth and to boost the activity of the turmeric. We recommend using almond milk that contains tryptophan, which is used in the body to make serotonin, and subsequently melatonin, the main sleep hormone. Almond milk is also rich in magnesium, which supports deep, restorative sleep by calming nerve activity in the brain and body. The main ingredient in golden milk is turmeric, a superfood that contains vitamins, minerals, fiber and the antioxidant curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and anxiety reducing effects, and can increase serotonin/melatonin levels to enhance sleep. By adding black pepper to your golden milk the absorption will be improved. Adding ginger will not only add a rich flavor but also has a calming effect on the gut. Finally, cinnamon adds deliciousness and also supports healthy sugar metabolism that can have a positive effect on your sleep.