Studies have shown having healthy gut bacteria can effect everything from energy levels, to mood, to even weight loss. Of course healthy gut bacteria means that there are more beneficial bacteria that bad or unhealthy bacteria. The beneficial bacteria is called probiotics which you may have heard in things like yogurt.
There are thousands of bacteria living in your body and because it is so difficult to consistently eat right, our digestive tract can suffer. Not eating right can lead to an imbalance of bad bacteria and the good bacteria in your digestive tract. This can cause digestive issues, like gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, and it can also lead to health issues as bacteria that is harmful to you grows and makes you sick.
Of course this means that if you eat right and live well then your digestive tract gets everything you body needs to keep things healthy. The question becomes what do you do to make sure you are eating right? Or if you are like me then the question is how do you compensate for not eating as well as you should?
The food industry has a solution which you have probably seen or heard about in the hundreds of commercials advertising probiotic supplements. Of course all supplements are not created equal. There are many different strains of probiotics, and some supplements have only one or two, while others have many more.
Then there is a question of the potency of a probiotic which is measured by its number of colony-forming units. This measurement is only relevant if all of the bacteria are alive. Due to poor manufacturing and storage processes many supplements are rendered worthless before making it to the customer. Then depending on the kind of bacteria there is the problem of getting them through your stomach to where they need to be without them being destroyed by your own digestive system.
Of course I think the best solution is to go instead with a supplement that is filled with a nonliving substance called prebiotics. Prebiotics are made of fibrous substances that are not digested by your body that serve as food for your gut bacteria. Research indicates that by introducing prebiotics to your diet you can greatly improve the level of healthy gut bacteria and get the proper balance back needed for good health and improved immune response.
The reason for the improved immune response is because your first line of defense against infection is the trillions of beneficial bacteria that live in your intestines. These friendly microbes attack toxic invaders, assist with digestion and waste elimination, and help promote balance in your own body. By providing the prebiotics to keep these microbes healthy you keep the bad bacteria in check and prevent them from overrunning your body's defenses.
With all the issues with adding probiotics to your diet in a way that can get them where they need to be in the amounts that they need to be in, you can see why prebiotics is the solution that avoids these problems.