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Fiber Consumption, The Gut and Your Good Health

FiberConsumptionJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The gut microbiome is a complex and diverse ecology comprising trillions of microbiota that thrive inside the digestive tract. Per the British Medical Journal (BMJ), these gut microbes possess immune, metabolic and neurobehavioral traits key to many aspects of human health and disease, including body weight, as well as neurotransmitter, vitamin and energy production. When in proper balance, these microbial communities protect against the development of systemic inflammation, leaky gut and other disorders that can lead to chronic health conditions. It now appears that a diversity of microorganisms and an overall balanced microbiome is a good indicator that a healthy gut contributes to the state of our health.

The microbiome can become imbalanced when influenced by factors such as a low-fiber diet, environmental toxins, medications or chronic stress. When this occurs, harmful microorganisms can flourish within the digestive tract, crowding out beneficial microbes and gaining an unhealthy dominance. Known as dysbiosis, this imbalance may promote diet induced obesity and metabolic complications in a variety of ways. Dysbiosis can alter immune, gut hormone and energy regulation and promote pro-inflammatory mechanisms that can result in a compromised gut barrier and autoimmune diseases. Lower bacterial diversity has been linked to inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, arterial stiffness and diabetes type 1 and type 2.

Proper amounts of daily fiber intake can help improve microbial composition by specifically enriching beneficial microbes that feed and thrive on dietary fibers. Increasing fiber intake through diet or supplements can help to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and serum cholesterol levels and improve insulin sensitivity in both diabetic and non-diabetic individuals. The development and progression of obesity is associated with dysbiosis and a less diverse microbiome. Evidence links long term weight gain with low microbiota diversity, exacerbated by low dietary fiber intake.

Dietary fiber is a complex carbohydrate that is resistant to digestive enzymes and is neither broken down nor absorbed in the small intestine. Although dietary fiber provides many recognized health benefits, the average daily fiber intake for American children and adults falls well below the recommended levels of 25–38 grams per day. A lack of knowledge as to the importance of fiber, the low-fiber western diet and the growing popularity of gluten-free, wheat-free and grain-free diets all contribute to insufficient daily fiber intake. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), individuals with higher intakes of dietary fiber appear to be at a significantly lower risk for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and obesity, as well as certain gastrointestinal diseases and some cancers.

Dietary fibers promote colon health, increase satiety, decrease food cravings, contribute to healthy weight maintenance and support regularity. By providing bulk, viscosity and improved gastrointestinal health through microbiota composition, dietary fibers are beneficial for bowel function and intestinal transit, colonic fermentation and short chain fatty acid production. Evidence shows that short chain fatty acids feed and support the health of colon cells and have beneficial effects on cell turnover, metabolism and eating behavior, functions that depend upon the food we ingest. When gut microbes are deprived of fermentable fiber, the mucous layer or gut lining that keeps the gut wall intact and free from infection is dramatically diminished.

Studies show that the gut is heavily influenced by both chronically low and high-fiber diets. To improve gut health, eliminate low fiber processed white foods, sugar laden foods and artificial sugars that feed harmful bacteria. Opt for a wide array of high fiber fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains and fermented foods that help develop a healthier and more diverse microbiome. Prebiotics, probiotics and polyphenols all promote the development of beneficial microbes, positively affecting the intestinal barrier wall as well.

  • Prebiotics, sometimes called “microbiota accessible carbohydrates,” are indigestible food components that specifically or selectively nourish beneficial colonic microorganisms.
  • Probiotics, when administered in adequate amounts in viable or live form, can beneficially affect the microbiome, as well as support immune modulation and the production of bioactive compounds. Probiotics derived from populations of known beneficial microorganisms fight dysbiosis by suppressing less beneficial microbes and helping to restore a more balanced microbiome, enhancing health and the prospects for longevity.
  • Found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as tea, coffee, chocolate and wine, polyphenols are complex compounds with health promoting activities, that can include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antiadipogenic, antidiabetic and neuroprotective capabilities. Dietary polyphenols and their metabolites may contribute to the maintenance of gut health through the modulation microbial balance, stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria and inhibiting pathogenic bacteria.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements in support of overall health:

BioMaintenance...BioMaintenance™ Prebiotic + Fiber by Metabolic Maintenance®: The synergistic effects of prebiotics and fiber promote beneficial microbes that nourish gut cellular health and support, regularity, nutritional absorption and healthy body composition. No additional ingredients. Shelf stable, gluten free powdered formulation.

Polyphenol NutrientsPolyphenol Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations®: This broad spectrum hypoallergenic formula provides fully chelated minerals, activated vitamins, polyphenols and other nutrients in support of cellular, macular and overall health. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Broad Spectrum...Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist®: This advanced, multi-strain proprietary formula provides 28 strains of soil based organisms in support of gastrointestinal health, immune health and replenishment of beneficial microflora following antibiotic use. Shelf stable, no refrigeration required. Free of lactose, casein, gluten, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, soybeans, corn, sugar, yeast, preservatives, animal derivatives and artificial flavors and colors.

Frontier FiberFrontier Fiber by Nutritional Frontiers: This excellent source of all natural, digestion-resistant  soluble fiber supports healthy intestinal microflora, proper bowel function and regularity. Fully dissolvable in hot or cold liquids or may be added to soft food of choice. Free of citrus, eggs, gluten, milk, sodium, soy, wheat, yeast, added sugars, starches, synthetic dyes, artificial flavorings and preservatives. Non-gritty, flavorless vegetarian formulation.

Multi Probiotic KidsMulti-Probiotic Kids by Douglas Laboratories®: This non-gas forming proprietary formula provides a blend of seven child-friendly microflora strains plus prebiotic fiber. These strains promote healthy microflora in developing intestines to help maintain a healthy immune response and normal digestion and elimination. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring. Non-GMO formulation.

Green Tea ExtractGreen Tea Extract by Klaire Labs™: This formula provides green tea (camelia sinensis leaf) extract standardized to contain 95% polyphenols in support of gastrointestinal and overall health. Free of milk, casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, soybeans, corn, yeast and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Advanced...Advanced MultiProBiotics Restore™ by Time4Health: This high potency, professionally designed, cold processed formula blends 18 strains of probiotics with a prebiotic in support of immune balance, regularity and gastrointestinal health and restoration. Acid resistant vegetable capsule helps ensure colonization in the intestinal tract. One capsule provides 12 billion CFU of proprietary probiotics. Free of wheat, gluten, salt, starch, soy and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives.

References:
Closing America’s Fiber Intake Gap. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6124841/
Health benefits of dietary fiber. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19335713
Fiber-Famished Gut Microbes Linked to Poor Health. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fiber-famished-gut-microbes-linked-to-poor-health1/
Gut Microbiome: How the Gut Impacts Overall Health. https://hvmn.com/blog/nutrition/gut-microbiome-how-the-gut-impacts-overall-health
Fiber. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/fiber/
What is Dietary Fiber? https://www.fiberfacts.org/what-is-dietary-fiber/
Polyphenols and health: Interactions between fibre, plant polyphenols and the gut microbiota. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5698720/
Benefits of polyphenols on gut microbiota and implications in human health. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955286313000946

Good Health Begins with A Healthy Gut

LoveYourGutJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

At Professional Supplement Center, we’re often asked about digestive health support. How many of us would eat healthier if we really appreciated our gut and its importance to human health, physiology, and survival? Our bodies rely on the major digestive, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory organs to provide the daily functions that sustain, not only health, but also human life. These organs have many functions that we may rarely think about unless we experience ill-health.

Our brains provide thought and memory, keep our hearts pumping, allow voluntary muscle control, and receive sensory information. Our pumping hearts bring oxygen, nutrients and immune compounds to every bodily cell. Our lungs provide oxygen exchange and repel bacteria and harmful organisms. Our endocrine glands secrete hormones or chemical messengers that control our metabolism, direct our sleep cycles, and make digestion, detoxification and reproduction possible.

The gastrointestinal system, commonly known as the gut, is home to our microbiome that allows for digestion, waste removal, nutrient absorption, and very importantly, the regulation of immune homeostasis. It’s a widely held belief that gut microbiota have a profound effect on immune health, as well as autoimmune-related diseases both inside and outside the gut. Although approximately one third of these vitally important microorganisms are common to most people, two thirds are specific to each individual.

While each of us has a unique identity when it comes to our microbiome, the essential functions that directly impact our health are the same. A healthy and balanced gut microbiota is key to ensuring proper digestive functioning and overall wellness.

Everything we ingest influences the health of the microbiome, A diet rich in nutritious, fiber-filled foods will keep the microbiome thriving and energy levels steady. Conversely, a diet filled with low-fiber, nutrient-poor foods results in an unhealthy microbiome that allows deleterious bacteria to flourish. To maintain diversity and proper functioning of the gut microbiota a varied and balanced diet is essential.

Two widely studied elements considered beneficial for the gut health are prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics, or fermentable fibers, are the indigestible compounds in foods that selectively promote the growth and activity of certain beneficial bacterial species. Naturally present in fermented foods, garlic, onions, asparagus, oats, apples, flax seeds, bran and more, prebiotics can help with various digestive problems and have been shown to boost the immune system and improve metabolic health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as live microorganisms that confer a health benefit on the host when administered in adequate amounts. Probiotics, which can be found in foods such as yogurt, kefir, kombucha, pickles and sauerkraut, as well as supplements, support not only digestive health, but also immunity and overall health. Probiotics can help to balance the gut flora when it has been affected by poor diet, infections, antibiotic treatments and external factors such as stress. Poor gut health is tied to chronic inflammation, joint pain, autoimmune diseases, cognitive disorders, fatigue, allergies, hormone dysregulation, depression, and insufficient vitamin production, as well as improper nutrient absorption, digestion and elimination.

Remember, a happy, healthy functioning gut has a positive effect on physical, mental and physiological health. Canadian and Chinese researchers have found evidence to suggest that a healthy gut could be linked to healthy aging, and concluded that food and probiotics could be utilized to improve biomarkers of health. To enhance gut health, eliminate toxic foods from the diet. Repair and heal the gut with a clean diet and key nutrients. Add probiotics to restore proper bacterial balance and consider digestive enzymes to promote healthy digestion.

  • Avoid antibiotics unless truly needed, as they eliminate beneficial as well as deleterious bacteria, which can lower immune functions and raise the risks for infections, allergies and diseases.
  • Exercise to lower stress. Stress hinders the immune response and causes the release of immune compounds known as cytokines that contribute to inflammation that can damage healthy cells.
  • Supplements, including omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, CoQ10, and vitamins C, D and E, support overall health and can help to keep free radical damage from disturbing the health of the microbiome.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support a healthy functioning gastrointestinal system:

Broad Spectrum...Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist™: This broad-spectrum pre- and probiotic supplement delivers a proprietary blend of 29 separate strains of beneficial bacteria to help support optimal gut health and function, and restore a normal balance of gastrointestinal microflora. With more than six years of clinical development and testing, this professional formula is designed for overall wellness support, relief of occasional abdominal discomfort, and promotion of a healthy gastrointestinal environment.

Just Thrive...Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant by Just Thrive®: This unique probiotic formulation provides strains naturally designed to colonize in the small intestine supporting the body’s ability to improve the growth of its own strains of heathy and beneficial bacteria. Gluten, wheat, soy, and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Daily Care ProbioticDaily Care Probiotic by Probulin®: This shelf stable, balanced once daily pre-and probiotic provides 10 billion CFU of 12 probiotic strains per capsule in support of digestive heath and microflora balance. Gluten, wheat, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Probiotic-5 (dairy...Probiotic-5 by Pure Encapsulations®: This dairy-free blend of five key beneficial probiotic strains is designed to promote the health and comfort of the gastrointestinal tract, healthy cellular function and overall health. Dairy and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Digest Gold™ Plus...Digest Gold™ Plus Probiotics by Enzymedica: This very popular, award winning formula provides the convenience of high potency digestive enzymes with guaranteed delivery of active probiotic cultures. TherActive™ delivery ensures probiotic release in the lower intestine for optimal benefit. Gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
The Gut: Where Bacteria and Immune System Meet. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/research/advancements-in-research/fundamentals/in-depth/the-gut-where-bacteria-and-immune-system-meet
The role of the gut microbiome in the healthy adult status. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009898115000170
The role of gut microbiota in immune homeostasis and autoimmunity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3337124/
The Structure and Function of the Digestive System. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/the-structure-and-function-of-the-digestive-system
Diet & Gut microbiota. http://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/en/about-diet-gut-microbiota/
The 19 Best Prebiotic Foods You Should Eat. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/19-best-prebiotic-foods

 

 

The Importance of Prebiotics

PrebioticsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The intestinal lining is a single cell layer that comprises the body’s largest and most important selectively permeable barrier. A heathy mucosa permits nutrient, electrolyte and water absorption into the bloodstream, while maintaining a defensive barrier against toxins and antigens. An inflamed, dysfunctional intestinal lining, sometimes called leaky gut, allows for undesirable metabolic and microbial toxins to enter the blood stream. These compounds wreak havoc with the immune system and result in attacks on the body’s own tissues. Leaky gut is believed to be a major contributing factor behind the development of inflammatory conditions, food allergies, autoimmune diseases, and inflammatory bowel diseases.

A healthy functioning gut is better able to defend against intestinal permeability. The beneficial health effects of probiotics are numerous and well documented. Clinical evidence shows that in addition to keeping harmful gut-dwelling pathogens in check, probiotic therapy aids digestion, nutrient absorption, and elimination, while supporting immune functions, delaying the development of allergies in children, and helping to maintain women’s urogenital health. Prebiotics, non-digestible fibers that feed, strengthen and selectively stimulate the growth of certain bacteria in the colon, are beginning to receive the attention they deserve. Clinical nutrition studies over the last few decades have established the importance of prebiotics in promoting a healthy and balanced microflora.

To be considered a prebiotic, a compound must reach the colon without alteration or degradation, and must stimulate the growth and proliferation of non-pathogenic bacteria that have heath promoting potential, such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. Prebiotics can include fructooligosaccharides, arabinose, galactose, inulin, mannose, glycooligosaccharides and other non-digestible, high fiber chemical compounds. Per scientific research, prebiotics are associated with reduced risks of certain diseases including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and colon cancer. In addition to supporting immune health and protecting the urogenital system, prebiotics support proper gastrointestinal function, help to eliminate cholesterol, aid the absorption and production of B complex vitamins, and decrease inflammation and autoimmune reactions.

Foods and supplements that contain both probiotics and prebiotics are known as synbiotics, as they work together to support colon health and a healthy gut environment. The list of foods that provide natural prebiotic sources includes: some whole grains, under-ripe bananas, certain vegetables consumed raw such as dandelion greens, chicory root, jicama, garlic, asparagus, leeks, and Jerusalem artichoke, as well as honey, raw or cooked onions and acacia gum. Synbiotic sources that provide both probiotics and the fuel necessary for their survival can include fermented dairy, such as yogurt and kefir, as well as kombucha, kimchi and fermented vegetables. Along with a healthy varied whole food high fiber diet, prebiotics from food or supplement sources should be carefully balanced with probiotics, and consumed regularly to ensure the health of beneficial microbiota and encourage microbial diversity.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other synergistic formulas to support overall wellness:

Broad Spectrum...Broad Spectrum Probiotic & Prebiotic by Prescript-Assist: This shelf stable, broad spectrum supplement provides a clinically tested proprietary blend of 29 separate highly resistant strains of beneficial bacteria along with a prebiotic food source. These species are inherently adapted for survival in the GI tract, ensuring colonization in the intestines and supporting optimal gut health and a normal balance of intestinal microflora. Gluten and dairy free, vegan formulation.

HMF (HEAT SENSITIVE...HMF by Genestra: One serving provides 5 billion CFU’s (colony forming units) of human sourced Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium to assist in the maintenance of normal intestinal health and the integrity of the immune system. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegan formulation.

Actiflora+ Prebiotic...Actiflora+ Prebiotic and Probiotic by Kendy Nutraceuticals: This synbiotic formula provides 45 billion CFU of viable beneficial bacteria along with prebiotic inulin in support of optimal immune and digestive functions. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

Vegan Probiotic with...Vegan Probiotic with FOS by Deva Nutrition: This shelf stable vegan formula provides 2 billion CFU of stomach resistant, spore forming microflora per capsule along fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a well-known prebiotic found in garlic, leeks, artichokes and chicory root. Gluten, soy, dairy, yeast and sugar free.

References:
Health benefits of taking probiotics. http://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics
Intestinal Barrier Function: Molecular regulation and disease pathogenesis. http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749(09)00864-1/abstract?cc=y=
The Importance of Prebiotics in Functional Foods and Clinical Practice. http://file.scirp.org/pdf/FNS20110200013_83912671.pdf
Probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/73/2/361s.full