By Julie Williams
There has been an increase in the number of chronic colon related conditions in America. Many of these are caused by the lack of fiber in the diet and lack of balance in the body. This results in inflammation build up as the body tries to deal with the issues. Our western diet is the culprit of the increases of many different conditions and many newly named ones affecting us today.
We hear a lot about probiotics. Some of us consume them everyday in an effort to balance our digestive tracts and relieve issues, or even to prevent issues that you see challenging friends and family. Many of the chewables come with a high glycemic index so they taste good, but do little to balance gut bacteria. Or maybe you have tried every flavor of yogurt and wish we could REALLY take a break!
Probiotics are important for digestive health as they keep the bad bacteria in check. Prebiotics feed probiotics. Prebiotics are actually carbohydrates that the we cannot digest because they pass through the stomach. This gives the good bacteria a food source that they can use and thus thrive. Prebiotics are a non-living substance that feed and maintain the living microorganisms (probiotics and the other good bacteria in the body.)
Different prebiotics are good for different stages in the digestive process. An example of one prebiotic are oats … although not the minute oats.
If you have ever tried tackling a digestive issue with a probiotic and haven’t had the success you were looking for, try supplementing with a prebiotic. Nutrition the natural way is my motto, and it continues to serve me well.
Julie Williams, The Accidental Nutritionist, educates the public about the necessities of proper omega balance and issues surrounding our public water supplies, including consumption and external use of those supplies. Julie clarifies health issues commonly misunderstood, and helps business owners improve their quality of life with simple adjustments made to their daily routine. To work with Julie, call 817-894-5311 or email her at TheHealthDepot@Yahoo.com.