Immunity, Bacteria, and Prebiotics

Did you know that your health is directly connected to the type bacteria in your gut?  While little attention was paid to the types of bacteria inside your gut in the past, an explosion in research in this area over the past 10-15 years allows us to say this now with certainty that the bacteria residing in your gut are critical to your health.

There are approximately 5 pounds of bacteria inside your gut, and many of them are essential to your digestion, immunity, and over all well-being.  80% of the immune cells in your body are located just below the lining of your digestive tract is in order to ward off defend against the types of bacteria that are harmful.* 

An rapidly increasing number of studies indicate that you can improve your health and wellness by increasing the types of bacteria that have been shown to promote health.  You can do this by eating/drinking live bacteria call probiotics. You can also alter the types of bacteria in your gut by eating the types of food that the good bacteria already present inside you need to grow.  Prebiotics, which are considered dietary supplements, do just this.  

Prebiotics are defined as 'food ingredients which are non-digestible by humans yet that promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines'.  In other words, prebiotics provide the necessary nourishment probiotics need to flourish. Prebiotics are essentially food for probiotics, which results in the growth of more good bacteria. While you do not have to take probiotics to experience the benefits of prebiotics, a combination of the two is gaining increasing support among experts in digestive disorders. 

So how do you get prebiotics and probiotics? Both of these can be found in our foods. Probiotics are found in yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, as well as in soy products like miso and tempeh. Although these can be found naturally in foods, the living bacteria often die before they reach the gut, and benefit the body. One way to enhance your chances of live bacteria making it to the areas where they can offer a benefit is by taking them as a supplement. Prebiotics are found in fruits and vegetables, and some are important in plant defense against attacks by harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are digested somewhere within our digestive tract, but not by us.  Instead, they are digested and metabolized by the bacteria found there.  

There are two types of prebiotics. The first type are commonly referred to as 'fibers'. You can find them at online stores or at your local pharmacy.  There are are many to choose from, with some being better than others.  Fibers pass through your stomach and small intestine unchanged, until they reach the types of bacteria found in your large intestine (colon).  Here they are digested and partially eaten up by the good bacteria, like probiotics, which makes these bacteria stronger. The second, and much newer class of prebiotics come from a group of plant molecules called polyphenols.  

You may have heard of polyphenols before, but probably because they are known to be powerful antioxidants, rather than because of their ability to affect the bacteria in your digestive tract.  Some polyphenols work like 'fibers', in that they pass through your stomach and small intestine unchanged until they reach your large intestine, where they are eaten up by the good bacteria found there.  On the other hand, there are also polyphenols that are metabolized and eaten up by the good bacteria found in the small intestine.  

Goodgut was developed from a combination of polyphenols metabolized by bacteria in the large and small intestine.  Our research as well as the many reports we continue to receive from those you use it, leads us to believe that Goodgut if taken on a regular basis, has the potential to improve and support your gut health as well as overall well-being.*

We think you should consider adding Goodgut into your everyday!