Prebiotics and Probiotics... Don't Laugh, We All Need This Stuff!
Probiotics have taken center stage in today's 'health-food' craze - And rightfully so. As you are probably aware, within the last decade, the health food industry has stressed the importance of probiotics and have emphatically urged every American man, woman, and child to include them in their daily diets. And boy... has their message been heard.
After thousands of years of almost absolute obscurity, probiotics are now a term that hundreds of millions are now seemingly familiar with, even using it in their everyday pro-health vernacular. This development is awesome but totally lacking and incomplete. You see, probiotics are connected to prebiotics, so we need to know what prebiotics are, and then pay attention to both.
Probiotics: The Rise of a Friendly Bacterial Superstar
As to why probiotics have enjoyed such a meteoric rise as of late, it's no mystery. Coming into the year 2017, it is almost impossible to avoid the crazed health message of probiotics, as they are advertised by millions of food products claiming to have all your daily, probiotic requirements.
However, the ubiquitous nature of probiotics has led many people to believe that, by simply knowing they exist in their foods, they know all there is to know about probiotics.
"... The truth is that most people virtually know nothing about them, specifically, how they are nurtured and supported. This key factor in the nourishment and sustainability of probiotics is known as, prebiotics..."
Unfortunately, many of those who believe to be familiar with prebiotics actually confuse the term with probiotics, and consequently, miss out on the benefits and development of either two. With that in mind, let's talk about the differences between probiotics and prebiotics, as well as their respective functions within our bodies.
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Probiotics in A Bacterial Nutshell
All too often, we think of bacteria as a bad thing. The truth, however, is that "good bacteria" is just as essential for healthy living, as "bad bacteria" is detrimental to our physical and mental state of health.
Probiotics are characterized as "friendly" bacteria that reside in the intestinal tract. These friendly bacterias, AKA probiotics, are made up of microorganisms that are beneficial to the overall health and well-being of their host.
Two of the most common traits of probiotics/good bacteria are classified as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium - both of which help support the health of our digestive tract (stomach and intestines). While these healthy bacterias, and other probiotics like them, are critical for achieving a state of optimal health, they require their host to feed them with a specific type of nourishment.
Foods with probiotics include:
- yogurt, kefir, and buttermilk
- aged cheese such as cheddar, Gouda, or Parmesan
- sauerkraut, kimchi and other pickled versions of veggies
- sourdough bread
- miso (fermented barley or soy or rice)
- tempeh - fermented soy
- kombucha - a fermented tea that is gaining in popularity in the US
- beer, wine (yay!)
Prebiotics (AKA Friendly Bacteria's Superfood)
Prebiotics are defined as a non-living, non-digestible, special forms of dietary fiber. Essentially, prebiotics are non-digestible, which means they remain intact in our digestive system. After prebiotics reach (and remain) in our digestive system, probiotics locate and feed off of them.
In short, without prebiotics, the digestive health promoting qualities of probiotics would be rendered useless. For those who would like to benefit from probiotics, it would behoove them to also include prebiotic-rich foods in their diet. Fortunately, prebiotics are not hard to find - you can literally find them within every grocery store in America.
The most common and easy to find prebiotics is known as soluble dietary fiber inulin, which can be found in vegetables like asparagus, garlic, leek, onion, and artichoke.
Foods with Prebiotics include:
- raw chicory root - the top source, with almost 60% fiber
- raw Jerusalem artichoke
- raw garlic, leeks, and onions
- whole wheat
- fruits and vegetables
Prebiotics are Necessary for A Healthy Mouth
Good bacteria is not just a fundamental requirement for achieving exemplary intestinal-health, it's also a key factor for achieving and maintaining a healthy mouth. Although, when pertaining to oral health, it is prebiotics that takes all the credit, as explained by Dr. Gerry Curatula:
"Probiotics do not work in the mouth, that is why prebiotics are so important. These necessary bacteria work to improve oral care by adding more beneficial microbes to our mouths. Without prebiotics, it is difficult to maintain the balance that is required to keep our mouths in an optimal state of health."
It goes without saying, if you want to achieve a state of optimal oral health, you must use teeth cleaning products with ingredients that make it possible to do so. In other words, only toothpaste products that contain all-natural additives, such as prebiotics, can provide consumers with the necessary ingredients mentioned above - vital ingredients that are necessary for promoting optimal dental health, that is.
Unfortunately, most people are uninformed on this particular topic and continue to use popular brands of toothpaste that do not contain ingredients that are necessary for attaining such a state of ideal, oral health. But, fortunately for toothpaste consumers, Revitin is here to fill the void in your dental care regimen.
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