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Top 10 Prebiotics

Top 10 Prebiotics

Prone to infections? Suffering from NEW allergies? Have no energy in spite of getting lots of sleep?
There are differences between the best probiotics and prebiotics on the market. Wondering whether you need to include probiotics and prebiotics in your diet? Ask yourself: 1) What do these do for gut health 2) Why you might be feeling unwell without them


Prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes. Find out more about gluten free whole grains here.

Prebiotics Probiotics

Prebiotics are non digestible carbohydrates. Prebiotics act as food for probiotics. When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a synbiotic. Fermented dairy products – such as live organic yogurt and kefir – are considered synbiotic. This is because they contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive. If we have an autoimmune disorder or fighting any of the above, it might be time to include prebiotics in your diet.

Prebiotic foods

Prebiotic foods selectively stimulate the growth of the beneficial bacteria already inhabiting the gut. These foods include 1) onions (2) jerusalem artichoke, and fruits and vegetables high in soluble fibre: (3) sweet potatoes (4) brussels sprouts (5) asparagus (6) turnips (7) mango (8) avocados (9) strawberries (10) apricots

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There is no getting around it: healthy gut bacteria is a necessity not a luxury. When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight and metabolism you need to start with your gut environment. Unfortunately, several features of the modern lifestyle directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora:

  • Antibiotics and other medications like birth control and NSAIDs
  • Diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
  • Diets low in fermentable fibers
  • Dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils that cause leaky gut
  • Chronic stress – the “bad” Stress not the “good” stress
  • Chronic infections (lowered immunity)
probiotics prebiotic

probiotic prebiotic

Soluble fibre dissolves in water to form a gel. It is especially rich in prebiotics called fructo-oligosaccharides. These include compounds called inulin and oligofructose. These compounds are not broken down by stomach acid or digestive enzymes. Instead they are fermented and used by beneficial bacteria in the colon, especially two types called lactobacillus and bifidobacter.

Another type of prebiotic compound is called galactooligosaccharide, or GOS. It is a natural component of human breast milk. This helps get a newborn’s digestive tract off to a good start. GOS provides nutrition for the baby’s colonies of beneficial intestinal bacteria. It also helps prevent pathogenic bacteria from attaching to the lining of the baby’s tract. GOS is especially beneficial for bifidobacter colonies in the colon, according to this review published in the “Journal of Nutrition.”

Best Supplements

If you have a health condition that interferes with your ability to consume fiber-rich foods, an organic soil based, probiotic combined naturally with a prebiotic is advisable.  If you have a health condition that interferes with your ability to drink milk, this is also true. Fiber supplements that contain wheat dextrin or psyllium are also good sources of prebiotics. Supplements are generally considered safe but may cause gas and bloating as undesirable side-effects in some people. Before deciding to go down the supplement route it is advisable to discuss prebiotic supplements with your specialist to determine if they are a good choice for you.

Always Read The Label. Are soluble fiber food additives present in your day-to-day household products? Inulin is sometimes added to beverages and some baked goods and snacks. This makes them prebiotic foods. Another manufactured product called polydextrose acts as a soluble fiber. It is also a common food additive, used to thicken and replace some sugar in cakes and dessert mixes and puddings. Weight Loss or Low Fat or “diet” food products: Wheat dextrin, a grain-derived soluble fibre, is also added to soft foods and beverages by manufacturers to increase the product’s thickness and to replace some dietary fat and lower calories.

Alkaline Foods Diet

Alkaline Foods Diet

Is plant based healthy? Alkaline food is it all a lie? The alkaline diet myth is threefold. Before we reveal it, let’s break down the alkaline diet

In simple terms — Hollywood celebs on the alkaline foods diet aren’t saying much. So is it working short or long term — at all?

The Alkaline Diet

Let’s look closely at this science. The premise: the alkaline diet – also known as the alkaline ash diet or acid alkaline diet – can help you lose weight. Also, this weight loss is seemingly healthy. So gut health and hormonal balance are positively  maintained. Seemingly.

The acid alkali method claims acid-forming diets lead to indigestion (acid indigestion). This eventually creates a condition known as ‘acidosis’ or ‘chronic acidosis’ which acidify body tissue. What awful acidic food are culprit to avoid on the alkaline acid diet?

The science behind the alkaline diet

The science behind the alkaline diet

There are three basic claims of the alkaline foods diet hypothesis. If we eat acid-forming foods, we get sick. If we eat alkaline-forming foods, we’ll be healthy. Also we will be protected against disease.

Food For Thought: High serum Parathyroid i.e. serum PTH is linked with low bone mineral density, high bone turnover, and an increased risk of (osteoporotic) fractures. How does high serum PTH arise and can we reverse this by diet alone?

The Alkaline Diet Myth

  • One is that alkaline foods diet affects the pH of our blood.
  • Number two would be that our urine pH is an accurate indicator of our health. By extension, we can use these urine test strips to test whether our blood is acidic by measuring our urine acidity. Secondly, by extension, we can use these urine test strips to determine our health.
  • The third claim is that acid-forming diets contribute to modern disease.



Alkaline Foods Diet

Alkaline Foods Diet


  1. Because the pH range of our blood is so tightly controlled by our body it is not possible to alter blood pH just by what we eat. In fact, even slight changes in the pH or acidity of our blood can lead to serious consequences. This includes death. You will not find any reliable medical studies or textbooks that claim that what we eat affects the pH of our blood, as claimed in the alkaline diet hypothesis.
  2. The pH of our urine is not related to the pH of our blood. However, the pH of our urine, does indicate potential kidney function. You will actually find some studies that claim urine pH is an accurate indicator of health. Some claim that our urine pH is a good reflection of our serum pH.
    There are far more studies that have found the pH of our urine does not in any way reflect the pH of our blood. In these studies urine pH isn’t a reliable indicator of anything other than how well our kidneys are functioning. This is because one of their main jobs is to buffer the blood and remove any excess acid that might accumulate from protein digestion. The pH of our urine is not related to the pH of our blood. 
  3. Alkaline foods diet basics.
    Acid forming foods
    : High PRAL Score Foods – Meat and meat products, high protein cheese – Parmesan Cheese, processed cheese, low fat cheddar. Alkaline foods: whole fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains, which are low in caloric density.  5 high quality studies debunk myth 3 by proving that if you eat more protein, you will pee out more acid and calcium, but the amount of calcium in your body does not change. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Nutrition Journal,  American Journal of Kidney Diseases, July 2009, The Bone Journal 2009  These studies found a strong positive association between protein intake and bone health. There have also been controlled trials where they have experimentally induced protein deficiency i.e. dramatically restricted protein intake in subjects and that has led to deterioration of bone mass, microarchitecture, and strength; the hallmarks of osteoporosis.

Diet Secret Of The Stars Exposed

There are three potential mechanisms through which a higher dietary protein intake can positively impact bone health.

1) Protein contains various amino acids that are integral to bone.
2) Eating more protein increases IGF-1 levels and IGF-1, in turn, increases bone growth and bone mass.
3) Eating more protein lowers levels of serum parathyroid hormone – serum PTH – and we know that high levels of serum parathyroid hormone are associated with low bone mineral density, high bone turnover, and an increased risk of (osteoporotic) fractures.


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