PREBIOTICS, PROBIOTICS AND IMMUNE HEALTH

Most of us have heard of antibiotics, and their role in the medical world in treating the ‘bad bacteria’ which may cause infections and serious health complications.

But if ‘bad bacteria’ exist, do ‘good bacteria’ exist?

The answer is YES!


Our body has thousands2 of different types of good and bad bacteria (and other microflora) which is known as our microbiome.1

Probiotics are the ‘good bacteria’ in our bodies, and help to maintain a healthy balance in our microbiome.

Prebiotics are the building blocks which help keep our levels of ‘good bacteria’ stable.

Maintaining the health of our microbiome is crucial to the function of numerous aspects of our body’s daily activities; including nutrient metabolism and energy production, facilitating optimal neuroendocrine function (the body’s communication system), maintaining cardiovascular health, and a developing and maintaining a strong immune system.2


Signs of poor gut microbiome health may include:

– Altered immune system functions | Allergies, sensitivities, intolerances, hay fever, sinusitis, frequent/recurrent colds

– Irritable bowel | Constipation, diarrhoea or fluctuating between the two

– Pain and/or bloating with eating, a ‘gassy’ system (frequent burping or farting)

– Fatigue | Poor concentration, low motivation

You can help maintain the general health of your microbiome by ensuring you eat a wide variety of fresh foods.

Probiotics are found in fermented foods (like yoghurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi)

Prebiotics are found in high fibre foods like fruit and veggies, and can also be found in onions, garlic, soybeans, and whole grains.1, 3

Sometimes a wide variety of natural foods isn’t enough to maintain or restore a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria; such as when you are feeling stressed, run down, or overworked; or after taking antibiotics. For this reason Caring Hands Chiropractic stocks many of the Metagenics practitioner only Probiotics Range, which are clinically proven2 to help manage gut issues (like constipation, bloating and pain), and to establish, maintain and/or improve your immune system health.

Figure 1: the Metagenics Probiotic Range

Press HERE to read our Healthy Living Blog post “Can allergens and irritants impact the health of the body?”


Have a chat with the team at Caring Hands Chiropractic about what lifestyle and dietary modifications may benefit you and your family.

References:

[1] https://www.mayoclinic.org/prebiotics-probiotics-and-your-health/art-20390058
[2] https://www.metagenicsinstitute.com.au/trade-presenters/probiotics
[3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/probiotics/faq-20058065

Feature Image credit: Antoine Doré

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