Prebiotics and probiotics are important nutritional health aspects for your digestive system, but they are only part of providing your system with the best possible digestive health. This is because even though they are beneficial, there are other digestive components that are not available in the prebiotics and probiotics alone.
So, let’s take a look at what prebiotics and probiotics do, and then how they are limited in giving your digestive system the balance that is necessary.
Probiotics can be define as beneficial micro-organisms, or good bacteria, found in your digestive tract that are needed in greater strength than harmful bacterial, to keep these from causing a wide range of health problems and disease.
Prebiotics are a group of non-digestible carbohydrates found in different foods that are responsible for providing the necessary ‘food’ that the probiotics need to remain stronger than the harmful bacterial.
So, eat plenty of probiotics and prebiotics, and as a result you will have a digestive system that is flourishing with good bacteria to keep you from having any digestive health problems – what is the problem with that?
Prebiotic And Probiotic Foods
Even if it was that simple, it is very difficult to get an adequate quantity of prebiotics and probiotics from your diet. And something else to consider – the probiotics or good bacteria is naturally occurring in your system. So, what else may be wrong with your digestive health that you would need to add more, and will prebiotics alone solve any problems?
Prebiotics are found in foods like leeks, bananas, Jerusalem artichoke, and the largest prebiotic content by weight is in chicory root. Can you imagine your nutritional health diet consisting of enough of these foods to get the necessary grams of prebiotics to support your good bacteria and digestive health?
And do recognize that these foods are best eaten raw, and that a large percentage of the prebiotics could be in the stem or skin. Then consider whether there could be other nutritional health implications if you did eat an adequate quantity.
For instance, you need to eat around 1.3 pounds of bananas if that was the only prebiotic food you would eat – which would then add an excessive amount of carbohydrate calories and sugar to your diet.
Probiotic foods have a different group of difficulties for your nutritional health diet. To begin with, there are not any natural foods sources that have probiotics in them; they come from different fermented foods that have live cultures added to them.
These foods include yogurt, tempeh, and miso. For myself, I don’t eat yogurt – like many people, I have digestive problem with yogurt, and most of what people buy have large amounts of sugar.
There is also an issue regarding whether the probiotics are really alive, and how much was really included. The heat from pasteurization is likely going to kill the prebiotics, and there also isn’t any requirement of set standard for the quantity of probiotics that must be added to call it a probiotic food.
I can’t say that I have ever eaten tempeh or miso to know what it tastes like, or how my stomach might react to it.
I did read that tempeh is supposed to slightly have an ammonia flavor and smell to it, and that people frequently eat it deep fried – what a nutritionally healthy the combination of those two have 😛
I also know that tempeh and miso are both derived from fermenting soybeans, and I do not include soy products in what I eat. Soy proteins are supposed to be more digestible after being fermented, but I would choose other alternatives if I wanted to add more probiotics to my system.
Prebiotic Probiotic Balanced Digestive Health Components
I asked the question above – what may be wrong with your digestive health if you need to add more probiotics since they occur naturally in your system?
Answers to that question are related to why prebiotics and probiotics alone are not effective for promoting balanced digestive health, along with some major differences between prebiotic foods and prebiotic supplements.
Adding prebiotics only, which could be done in sufficient supply by taking a prebiotics fiber supplement, are not going to solve the problems of why probiotics may be ‘taken-over’ by the harmful bacteria.
There are other things that are critical for your digestive health, which include the following digestive components:
This is important for helping you to digest your foods at a pace that will facilitate how your system breaks down the foods you eat, and allow your body to better absorb the included nutrients – this function also applies to absorbing more of the nutrients from you nutritional health supplements.
Do note that insoluble fiber, like is found in prebiotic foods and prebiotic only supplements, is not the same as soluble fiber.
When considered in the context of natural nutritional health and inflammation problems coming from excessive bad fats, the digestive enzymes are definitely critical to your digestive health.
Fatty proteins like beef and milk are by far the hardest foods there are to digest. As a result, you could have heartburn problems because these foods require more stomach acid to try to digest them, which is why those are on the list of acid reflux trigger foods. And if these foods don’t completely digest, they will remain in your digestive tract undigested – and if this problem becomes bad enough, they can rot and even move into your blood, which increases your risk for colon cancer.
The digestive enzymes are instrumental into breaking down these proteins. Like soluble fiber, this will further help your body to absorb and use the food nutrients – and especially work to completely digest the proteins, and lower the digestive health risks when they remain undigested.
These balance digestive health components are unique, because they work directly with prebiotics to create the best environment for the good bacteria in your system. Phenolics can directly answer the question about what is happening to your naturally occurring probiotics.
While the prebiotics are working to feed and nourish your good bacteria, phenolics are working to inhibit further growth of the bad bacteria. So, possibly the probiotics are not being sustained, because your system does not have phenolics to help protect them. And simply continuing to add more without correcting this digestive imbalance – is sort of like adding more air to a leaking tire without fixing the leak first.
Prebiotic And Probiotic Supplements
The best digestive health comes from a balance in your system of the 4 components discussed, and these cannot all be supplied by prebiotic and probiotic foods only. This makes a natural nutritional health supplement that includes all of these and important addition to your diet, if you are having any digestive problems.
There would also be problems with a prebiotic supplement or probiotic supplement only:
- A prebiotic fiber supplement can be effective for increasing soluble fiber, and this can help with digestion and regularity – but it does not include the remaining digestive health components
- A probiotic supplement can be effective for increasing good bacteria, which would especially be important for replacing them if you just had to take antibiotics – but it wouldn’t have the prebiotics to nourish them, let alone the other components.
Although, I don’t currently have digestive problems that I take supplements for, I would take probiotics after antibiotics. And I have had problems in the past before I got my nutritional health diet where I wanted it – at that time I was taking the following kiwi fruit digestive supplement, and felt that it was beneficial.
What I like about this probiotic supplement is that it has 9 different strains of live bacteria. This is a far greater digestive health and immune system benefit than many probiotic supplements or foods that may only have a ‘basic’ Lactobacillus strain added to it.
These additional strains should also lead to greater effectiveness by being able exist better with all the acid in your stomach, along with being able to ferment more carbohydrates in your system, which will produce additional lactic acid that aids in digestion.
And these supplements also include prebiotics in them from organic Jerusalem artichoke inulin, and organic apple – giving prebiotics support to the probiotics, and a synergistic combination that would be more effective than a probiotics supplement only.
Kiwi-Klenz Prebiotics Supplement
This prebiotics supplement is made from 2 different kiwi-fruit extracts that uses all of the pulp, skin, and seeds. And the supplement is made from a unique water extraction process 3 separate times. The process doesn’t require any chemicals or solvents, and it leads to a greater concentration of the key digestive components.
This may seem like a lot of extra work, and it is something that other kiwi fruit supplements aren’t doing – but it is what is necessary to ensure that all the prebiotics, digestive enzymes, soluble fiber, and phenolics digestive components are being maximized to help give best balanced digestive health.