It’s important to understand the connection between fiber, probiotics and butyrate acid as it just may entice you to indulge your taste buds with whole, nutrient and fiber packed foods. If you would like to learn more, I had a webinar on the topic last week: click here to watch it.
Pro means good, and biotics means life thus probiotics are referred to as, the friendly bacterial species in the gut. They have many functions in the body:
- aid protecting the digestive system from an overgrowth of germs
- stimulates the growth of the intestinal lining
- boosting the immune system
- improving vitamin and mineral absorption
- aiding in the manufacturing B vitamins and vitamin K
- protects the mucous lining of the intestines
Most gut flora is found in the colon and there are approximately 500 bacterial species in the gut.
What is Butyrate acid and its relationship with gut flora?
Butyrate acid is a by-product of dietary fiber after it has been broken down from the gut flora. Butyrate acid has been shown to maintain and promote gut lining health, and has anti-inflammatory effects; and the biggest producers of butyratic acid are the gut bacteria. This in turn stimulates the growth of the intestinal lining.
What decreases the amount of probiotics in the diet?
Stress, allergies,poor eating habits and antibiotic use may decrease the good bacteria levels so keeping the balance in check is vital.
Food sources: fermented foods: tempeh, miso, Sauerkraut, Kimchi; kefir, some yogurt
As we learned under probiotics, fiber plays an important role in the help of digestion with butyrate acid and absorption of nutrients. It also has a few other roles liked below:
- makes stool soft and bulky
- optimizes colon health
- reduces both diarrhea and constipation
- speeds transit time
- helps remove/eliminate unwanted things – toxins, cholesterol – from the body
- stabilizes blood sugar
- makes us feel full, therefore less chance of over eating
- better absorption of nutrients
Many people do not get enough fiber in their diet and that is why it is important to talk about. The average American eats about 8 to 12 grams per day; an optimal range would be 28 to 50 grams.
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