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THE POWER OF SYNBIOTICS

By Monica van de Weerd

The Power of Synbiotics

When it comes to the human body, we know that bacteria in the gut are somewhat important (i.e. crucial). They can turn on enzymes, turn off genes and break down nutrients in our digestive tract for eased absorption.

Bacterial imbalances are felt throughout the body and manifest in different conditions, including psoriasis, eczema and acne, fatigue, poor immune health, anxiety and thyroid dysfunction.

It's time to harness the potential of our bacteria, and not suffer the consequences of it!

Okay, that sounds great, but, like, how? 

PROBIOTICS AND PREBIOTICS

If you’ve been ‘round here long enough, I’m sure you’re aware of (read: tired of us going on about) the powers of probiotics and prebiotics. 

For the unacquainted, probiotics, found in yoghurt, kimchi and sauerkraut, add healthy microbes to the gut. Prebiotics, found in artichokes, asparagus, and chicory root, act as food for the gut's good bacteria. If you want to quickly brush up on your probiotics and prebiotics knowledge before progressing, click here and here, and then come back to me. 

Are you all caught up?

Great. 

So, we’ve heard about probiotics and know about prebiotics, but what about this synbiotic thing people keep talking about?

WHAT ARE SYNBIOTICS?

Synbiotics are supplements that contain probiotic strains in addition to prebiotics. Synbiotics got their name from their effect – they have a synergistic effect.  

Why would you need to take them together?

Great question.

Let’s imagine a probiotic is travelling to the gut on a rickety bike. The probiotic encounters a roadblock and attempts to fight its way past but unfortunately doesn’t make it.

Now, imagine a synbiotic sliding into it’s brand-new Tesla. The synbiotic encounters a roadblock and drives over it, reaching its destination (the gut) in record time.

By consuming a probiotic with your prebiotic, you can be sure it’ll arrive at your gut safely, ready to take on any pathogen that comes its way.1

To supercharge your synbiotics journey to the gut, we recommend consuming it with Fulvic Humic Acid, which can create a clear path for the synbiotic by removing heavy metals, harmful parasites and bacteria from the body. It also contains over 70 trace minerals and decreases acidity. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING A SYNBIOTIC?

There are several evidence-based benefits associated with synbiotic consumption1, including: 

  • Improved nutrient absorption 
  • Bowel regularity 
  • Glowing skin
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Enhanced immune function 
  • Boosted weight loss 
  • A healthy heart
  • Reduced risk of several diseases

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM SYNBIOTICS?

If you have no ailments, a perfect gut, glowing skin and eat an abundance of fruit, vegetables and fermented foods, it’s unlikely that you really need a synbiotic (good for you!). 

However, if you experience gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, food intolerances, leaky gut, IBS, rosacea, acne, eat a high-sugar diet, have low immunity or anxiety, you’ll likely benefit from taking synbiotics.1

It’s worth noting that not everyone will tolerate synbiotics well. People with IBS can experience untoward symptoms when taking a probiotic or synbiotic supplement. If that’s you, it’s best to speak to your healthcare professional before trying them out. 

WHAT’S OUR TAKE?

At Supercharged Food HQ, we believe that food should always be your first port-of-call when it comes to your health. If you’re eating and drinking whatever you like while taking a supplement, you’re unlikely to experience all of the benefits that supplement may have to offer. For optimal gut health, consume a balanced diet with an abundance of fibrous-rich fruit and vegetables, probiotics and prebiotics, and limit refined sugar, processed foods, and stimulants.

If you’re looking for an effective and gentle way to support your gut health, consider sweeping away impurities with Love Your Gut capsules. 

References:

1 Pandey, K. R., Naik, S. R., & Vakil, B. V. (2015). Probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics- a review. Journal of food science and technology, 52(12), 7577–7587. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13197-015-1921-1

Source : Supercharged Food

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