Prebiotics are vital to intestinal and general good health. Without enough prebiotic food and fiber in your diet, dysbiosis — an imbalance of bacteria in your gut — can cause health problems such as celiac disease. In this video, Dr. Frank Jackson explains the benefits of incorporating prebiotic supplements such as Prebiotin into your diet, so you may avoid suffering symptoms of celiac disease, gluten intolerance and gastrointestinal disorders.
Prebiotics Are Not Probiotics
There is a difference between probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are living bacteria you find in yogurt, buttermilk and other fermented/cultured foods. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are “non-living” plant fibers in whole wheat products, onions, yams, legumes, asparagus and cabbage. Specifically, prebiotics are comprised of galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
Fructooligosaccharides are plant sugars that are linked together like a chain. They can pass through the stomach and into your colon undigested, where they encourage growth of “good” bacteria, which improve gastrointestinal health. Like FOS, galacto-oligosaccharides can survive digestive enzymes. They also populate the colon and stimulate growth and activity of “good” colonic bacteria, essential for optimizing health. Prebiotics are also necessary for probiotic bacteria growth.
Symptoms of Dysbiosis
When an imbalance of good and bad bacteria exists in your colon and intestines — that is, more bad than good — a condition called dysbiosis suppresses your immune system functioning. “Dys-” is Greek for “bad,” and “biosis” means “way of living.” Dysbiosis is responsible for numerous health problems ranging from weight gain, Celiac disease and colitis to inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, food allergies/gluten intolerance and “leaky gut.”
If more bad bacteria populate your gut than good, you are probably suffering from one or more of the following:
• Fatigue, daytime tiredness or headaches
• Joint aches and pains or fibromyalgia-like symptoms
• Yeast infections
• Gastrointestinal problems
• Mental “fog” or fuzziness
• Skin blemishes, acne outbreaks or hives
• Unwanted weight gain
You can reverse dysbiosis by repopulating your gut with more good bacteria than bad bacteria. To achieve a better bacterial balance in your gut, you need to promote rapid growth of good bacteria by consuming foods containing prebiotics and taking prebiotic supplements.
Prebiotics, Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease
People who test negative for celiac disease but have gluten intolerance suffer headaches, migraines, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea and uncomfortable bloating and gas. Those with celiac disease experience even worse symptoms, because their small intestine lining becomes inflamed and cannot absorb nutrients normally. Neglecting to address celiac disease may lead to extreme weight loss, development of autoimmune diseases and malnutrition.
Seventy percent of prebiotics consumed by Americans come from wheat. For people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, this presents a problem when they are trying to overcome dysbiosis by consuming a mostly prebiotic diet.
Fortunately, prebiotic supplements provide enough dietary fiber, galacto-oligosaccharides and fructooligosaccharides to significantly reduce colonies of bad bacteria in your gut. In addition, prebiotics stimulate growth of good bacteria necessary for maintaining overall good health. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, decreasing consumption of meat and taking prebiotic supplements can alleviate symptoms of gluten intolerance and celiac disease, as well as reverse gut dysbiosis.
Learn more about prebiotics and find our gluten-free diet guide at: https://www.prebiotin.com/resources/diets/gluten-free/