Remember when we only had probiotics to contend with?
Then along came prebiotics…
And now, postbiotics.
It’s true each plays an important role inside your microbiome, the environment where your gut bacteria thrive.
And I have always recommended a blend that contains all three.
But let’s back up and talk about WHY…
Many vital functions
First, let’s start with a brief overview…
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live inside your gut. But in order for them to function optimally, they need support from prebiotics. And finally, postbiotics are the bioactive compounds produced by probiotics.
In short: Prebiotics feed the probiotics, and probiotics generate postbiotics.
Of course, those bioactive compounds are the main reason why bacterial diversity is so important—because they produce different types of metabolites that protect your health in different ways.
Examples include amino acids, enzymes, short-chain fatty acids, neurotransmitters, and more.
(You can learn more about postbiotic metabolites, and how they influence health, in the April 2019 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. Subscribers can log in and access the archives by clicking here. Not yet a subscriber? No problem. Scroll down, look for the red button, and learn about signing up!)
Notably, some postbiotics can stimulate the production of regulatory T cells, which support your body’s immune system.
Others can increase the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines, which help reduce inflammation—the No. 1 root cause of chronic disease.
Others help your body perform basic metabolic functions.
And that’s just scratching the surface…
So, it’s not hard to see why postbiotics are so instrumental in boosting overall health.
Diet and supplementation
Now, there isn’t a plethora of postbiotic supplements available yet—because they’re relatively “new” to the mainstream.
However, if you’re taking a live probiotic, such as Dr. Ohirra’s, you’re already ingesting pre-, pro-, and post-biotics.
That’s why I’ve been recommending this product for many years… long before it become “fashionable.” (Take as directed, every day.)
There are also plenty of food sources that can help increase your intake of pre- and pro-biotics. (Remember, postbiotics are a byproduct of the first two “biotics.”)
Some good prebiotic sources include garlic, onion, leeks, asparagus, and flaxseed. Good probiotics sources include yogurt with live cultures, kombucha, kefir, and sauerkraut.
Then, stay tuned—as I’ll continue reporting on the many benefits of postbiotics as new research emerges.
“What Are Postbiotics? A Comprehensive Overview.” Healthline, 05/19/2021. (healthline.com/nutrition/postbiotics)