If you haven’t heard about probiotics by now, I would confidently say you are living under a rock. You may have even heard about prebiotics, but what about postbiotics? Microbiome research is exploding and there are many studies that link almost every illness out there to some kind of imbalance in the microbiome. Now let me introduce you to the newly discovered player, the postbiotic.
At this point you’re probably thinking, “What does the title of this blog have to do with postbiotics?” A probiotic is a beneficial bacteria and a prebiotic is the food that a probiotic eats. Can you see where I’m going with this? Postbiotic is the byproduct made by the fermentation process of probiotics in the digestive tract. They can be found in fermented foods for that reason. They’re probiotic waste or short-chain fatty acids, peptides and cell components. As ridiculous as this sounds, research suggest that “probiotic waste” might be even more important to our health than the probiotic itself. Research has confirmed that postbiotics may reduce inflammation, boost metabolism and improve your immune system!
A healthy balanced microbiota has prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics all working to maintain healthy homeostasis in the gut. How do we balance our microbiome? Here are some suggestions backed by medical studies.
Eat prebiotic fiber (most soluble fibers and resistant starches)
Take probiotics and eat fermented foods
Get adequate sleep
Avoid artificial sugar
Use “clean” cleaning products
Certified Colon Hydrotherapy
Consume more Butyrate (Ghee and butter)
Due to all the emerging research coming out on the affect our microbiota has on our health, it seems that putting some focus on gut health is warranted. Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut,” which has been a popular quote for years; perhaps it’s even more true than we realized.