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Title: Your Gut and Probiotics

Your Gut and Probiotics
  • Health and Immunity Through What You Eat
  • By Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, The Veggie Queen

Why Probiotics?
  • I am convinced that probiotic use in most people
    can enhance their immunity, promote regularity,
    lessen gas and bloating, and yes, even enhance
    their sex life!
  • JoAnn Hatner, MPH, RD, author of Gut Insight

Why the Sudden Interest?
  • Probiotics are big business which is why you see
    so many TV commercials and advertisements for
    them people have tummy troubles regularly.
  • 25 of people say that they do.
  • What are probiotics? Do they work?

Your Digestive System
Your Gut Controls Your Immunity
  • Think of your gut as your immune system's command
    center responsible for the regulation of your
    responses, particularly of inflammation.
  • 70 of immune function takes place in your gut
  • It makes sense as this is where the body
    encounters the majority of pathogens.
  • Inflammation serves a protective role responding
    to tissue injury or infection so that you can

Why We Need Good Microbes
  • We have 10 times the amount of microbial cells
    than total other cells, with 500 types of
    microorganisms which mostly reside in our gut.
  • They perform digestive and defensive roles
    against chronic inflammation and decreasing
    reactions to allergens plus B Vitamin synthesis.
  • Inhibit the growth of disease causing bacteria

Probiotics Definition
  • A 2001 report by the Food and Agricultural
    Organization of the United Nations and the World
    Health Organization in 2001. The report defined
    probiotics as live microorganisms which, when
    consumed in adequate amounts, confer a health
    benefit on the host.
  • YOU are the host

More on Probiotics
  • A probiotic
  • is a microbial organism which is not harmful
  • remains viable (alive) during processing and
    shelf life of the food
  • must survive digestion and remain viable in the
  • is able to bring about a response in the gut
  • is associated with health benefits.
  • As with most things in science the criteria are
    continuing to develop.

Prebiotics Definition
  • Nondigestible food ingredients that selectively
    stimulate the growth and/or the activity of
    beneficial bacteria in the colon and improve

History of Probiotics
  • Theyve been around in various forms for
    thousands of years. Currently popular ones are
  • yogurt, kefir and cheeses, and other foods such
    as sourdough bread, dill pickles, sauerkraut, kim
    chi, chocolate, tea, beer, and wine.
  • New products made with added cultures include soy
    products, cereal, energy bars,
  • specialty drinks and infant formula.

Plant-Based Diet Great Source of Prebiotics  
Prebiotic Stars and Prebiotic Potentials
Fruits apple, banana, berries, raisins,
Vegetables onion, garlic, leeks, Jerusalem artichoke, globe artichoke, asparagus, chicory root, burdock, yacon, jicama, tomato, greens, spinach, collard greens, chard, kale, mustard greens, dandelion greens, salsify
Legumes lentils, dry beans, chickpeas and peas
Whole Grains whole wheat, barley, rye, oats, brown rice, whole grain corn, buckwheat
Seeds flaxseed, almonds
  • These foods have been documented in the
    scientific literature as sources of inulin and
  • (nondigestible fermentable carbohydrates).

Fermentation Takes Place in Your Gut
  • Takes place in lower bowel, produces acids and
    gases and results in benefits.
  • Decreases pH level more acid, less disease
    bacteria-friendly environment
  • Short chain fatty acid production enhances
    beneficial bacteria might have effect on colon
  • Enhanced mineral absorption increased calcium
    and magnesium
  • Might help lower cholesterol
  • Might help stabilize blood glucose levels
  • Enhances immunity and positive immune response
  • Usually helps with bowel function and elimination

We Might Know the Downside
How Much to Include and How?
  • Daily as prebiotics in your diet, cultured
    vegetables, foods with probiotics added such as
  • Good Belly is the only vegan and soy-free
    probiotics good belly shots contain L plantarum
    299 w
  • Wildwood/Pulmuone
  • Probiotic soy milk contains chicory fiber
  • Probiotic soyogurt contains S. Thermophilus,
    L Bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, L Casei, L
    Rhamnosus, B Bifidum, L Lactis
  • Probiotic hummus L acidophilus,
    Bifidobacterium spp, L casei
  • Drinkable soy yogurt
  • Other Soy Yogurts Nancys
  • Attune Dark Chocolate Probiotic Bar all other
    Attune Products contain dairy, 6.1 billion
    Probiotic cultures (Bifidobacterium lactis HN019,
    Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, Lactobacillus
    casei LC-11).

Food is the Answer. What is the Question?
  • What is the best way to get your prebiotics and
  • Vegan Probiotics from around the world Most
    known here are
  • Miso and Natto from Japan
  • Kimchi from Korea
  • Kombucha from Russia
  • Sauerkraut from Germany
  • Curtido from El Salvador
  • You can make your own water kefirs and fermented

Supplemental Probiotics
  • Take under medical or nutrition supervision
  • All of Natrens Dairy-Free POWDERS are Vegan
    i.e. Mega Dophilus Dairy-Free and Bifido Factor
    Dairy-Free powders and Natrens unique green
    formula, Mega Vegi-Dophilus, powder are all
    VEGAN. Take 1 tsp. a day of each, up to three
    times a day for rapid results.
  • Note Digesta-Lac Dairy-Free is only available in
    Veggie-caps, not in powder form.
  • http//

  • For Research Updates http//www.e-probioticswatch
  • International Association for Probiotics and
    Prebiotics http//
  • US Probiotics http//
  • Gut Instinct by JoAnn Hattner, http//www.gutinsti

Thank You
  • Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, The Veggie Queen
  • You can find the recipe for making sauerkraut on
    my website at http//
  • And how to make pickles at
  • http//