Welcome to the From The Gut Blog

Join Dr. Polina LIVE every month in the private online community.

JOIN

Prebiotics: Do you need them in your supplements?

 

In this video, I answer a question about prebiotics, which are plant fibres that feed your gut bacteria and help it grow.

The goal is to have more of the "good" bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria in your colon. These strains can help with anxiety and support your immune system.

Prebiotics can be found in probiotic supplements or sold on their own. 

You will often find these written in the non-medical ingredients section of your bottle label.

Common prebiotics found in supplements are:

  • Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS)
  • Inulin
  • Larch Arabinogalactan

 

You can also get prebiotics from your diet by eating dark leafy greens, root vegetables and complex carbohydrates. 

Examples of food sources of prebiotics:

  • Garlic *
  • Onions * 
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Spinach

* avoid with SIBO

 

Can you take a prebiotic and feel worse?

Yes! A word of caution: If you have IBS or SIBO, some prebiotics could actually upset your stomach and make you more...

Continue Reading...

How To Pick A Probiotic

probiotics Jul 30, 2020
 
Antibiotics and birth control pills have been found to alter both the gut microbiota and estrogen levels within the body.

Top 3 Benefits of Probiotics:

  1. Keeps you regular
  2. Reduces inflammation
  3. Restores healthy estrogen balance 

Big Question: What is the best probiotic for bloating, "bad" skin, and overall health? 

Not-So-Perfect-Answer: There’s no perfect choice, but there are a few things you should look for.

 

Probiotic Strains

1. Saccharomyces boulardii (or just S. boulardii)
 
It is often advertised for the prevention of traveler's diarrhea, but it does so much more! One main benefit is that it can act as a binder for toxins such as the die-off from mold.
 
2. Bifidobacterium probiotics are common, but they are not all the same! The BB536 strain is one of the most researched. It balances the gut microbiome and helps the immune system fight infections. Plus ...
  • Superior shelf stability when compared to other species...
Continue Reading...
Close