Probiotics, Prebiotics & Digestive Enzyme Information
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Probiotics are beneficial bacteria introduced into the digestive system through
food. Most are produced for human consumption and are found in dairy
products that naturally contain two types of bacteria: lactobacilli
and bifidobacteria. The best-known is lactobacillus
in yogurt, acidophilus milk and supplements.|
Although the term is relatively new, the use of fermented
foods goes back to the days before refrigeration, and the idea of
supplementing good bacteria in the intestines with probiotic substances dates
back to the late nineteenth century. Present day, effective absorption of remains a challenge, as nutritionists continue to look for
ways to maximize the benefits in humans.
They can help to maintain a healthy digestive system by establishing a
balance of harmful and beneficial bacteria in the gut. They eliminate waste attached to human intestinal walls and stimulate antibody production in the
digestive tract, where they are helpful in producing huge pools of extra
antibodies to protect and defend against infection.
Reasons to UseThey may help to eliminate much of the waste left behind when eating processed foods. They are also beneficial to those with diets filled with simple sugars and carbohydrates. As more unhealthy foods are introduced into the diet, we look toward probiotic supplements to maintain digestive health.
Some preparations include inulin, fructooligosaccharides (FOS), mannosoligosaccharides, and arabinogalactans (AG).
Indications for use include infectious diarrhea and antibiotic-associated gut flora disturbances like Candida Albicans; AG has also been shown to have immunomodulating effects in the gut of humans.
Enzymes are specialized protein molecules facilitating most of the body's metabolic processes - such as, supplying energy, digesting foods, purifying your blood, ridding the body of waste products etc.
They are divided into two main groups - that being metabolic enzymes and digestive enzymes.
They are vital to our health and change the rate at which chemical reactions happen, but without any external energy source added or by being changed themselves. These very important ingredients to our health, is reaction specific, and will only act on certain substances - referred to as substrates.
Without them in your body, you could have the best nutritional plan around, and supplement your diet with a host of vitamin supplements, but without these enzymes, the vitamins will not be absorbed into your system.
They assist in fighting aging, weight loss, lowering cholesterol, cleaning the colon, breaking down fats, strengthening the immune system, improve mental capacity, detoxifying the body, building muscles from protein, eliminating carbon dioxide from the lungs etc.
It is interesting to note that people have reported the disappearing of allergy symptoms after taking amylase.
Food enzymes are divided into seven categories, them being: lipase (breaking down fat), protease (breaking down proteins), cellulase (breaking down fiber), amylase (breaking down starch), lactase (breaking down dairy), sucrase (breaking down sugars) and maltase (breaking down grain).
When we cook food at high temperatures, we kill the important components contained in the food, and this will lead to undigested, or poorly digested food in the digestive tract. This in turn can lead to putrefying food in your system, which may cause health problems.
A shortage in the body will influence the health of the entire body, and symptoms may include stomach gas, indigestion, bloating, heartburn and flatulence.
Depending on the type of dietary supplement, which you decide to buy, it is best to take them at meal times.
Symptoms of high intake
People starting a these supplements have reported in some cases an increase of gas, bloating, acne, slight dull headache etc - the symptoms are temporary and is the body's way of healing itself. More water must be taken when taking these supplement to assist with the cleansing of the body.
The benefits are felt and seen quickly, but maximum effect is only achieved after taking them for some time, and the best results are reported after taking it for at least 12 weeks.
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