Simple for probiotics and fiber
Probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, fiber, fiber, fiber, cellulose…
A little confusing, isn’t it?
I will try to clarify. However, these are things that are not taught in school, but we meet them every day and even from day to day – more and more often.
Ballast substances are also called fibers. Some even call them threads. I have met people who even by “cellulose” understand all ballast substances. Hereinafter, I will call them fiber .
Fiber is a type of complex carbohydrate. Unlike other carbohydrates, they are not broken down by enzymes and do not produce energy.
Fiber is soluble, insoluble, and partially soluble.
Soluble fiber ( partially soluble fiber , too, but not completely) is broken down along the way, slowing digestion and removing various excess substances (waste). They are broken down in the large intestine by fermentation, which serves as food for probiotics . That’s why they are sometimes called prebiotics or prebiotic fibers .
Of the soluble fibers, oat beta-glucans have a special place, which have been proven to normalize the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, regulate blood sugar and generally have many health benefits.
Insoluble fiber goes all the way unchanged. If we liken the soluble fibers of the dishwashing detergent, then the insoluble ones would be the fungus with which we rub them while washing them. But in this case we are not talking about vessels, but about our body and mainly our digestive system. Insoluble fiber helps and speeds up the transfer of food, supports bowel movements and improves satiety at almost zero calories (they do not break down).
Cellulose is a type of insoluble fiber, but in no way can we equate it to all fiber.
Insoluble fiber includes xanthan gum, and soluble fiber includes guar gum, which is also used as a natural stabilizer and thickener.
Tire is a term that often shocks people. It doesn’t sound very healthy. Apparently the first association is a car tire or they connect it to a friction rubber – how will they eat a tire like that? These tires are actually completely healthy and natural nutrients or supplements.
Fiber is found only in foods of plant origin, mostly legumes, whole grains, vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and more. I’m not sure about the sausages, because they basically have everything in them, but there is no fiber in the meat and any animal products, unless they are artificially added.
Unfortunately, fiber in nature is not isolated. If a person decides to take more fiber, he will be forced to take many other substances along with them. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but it may turn out to take in a lot of extra calories. We often hear the expression “Well, I only eat salads, I’m getting fat.” We must not forget that “salad” and “fiber” are not the same thing. Even if we exclude the fact that salads often contain high-calorie non-vegetable ingredients and spices.
The recommended amount of fiber is different for different ages, genders and lifestyles.
Men need more fiber than women. Athletes eat a lot of food to maintain their muscles, so they also need more fiber to cleanse their body. Children do not need much fiber – their food is much less, often semi-processed.
In practical terms, men should take at least 30 grams of fiber a day. Women – at least 25 years. Children – 10-20 years. Athletes – with 5-10 g of fiber more than these norms.
There are many different rules and tables that anyone can find on the Internet or learn in one of our challenges.
The easiest and most accurate way to summarize is this: For every 1000 calories of food, a person should eat at least 14 g of fiber.
Probiotics are living microorganisms living in our body.
Don’t worry! Do not imagine worms or various scary creatures that you have seen in the movies or some commercials.
Although 2-3 kg of microorganisms live in the human body , most of them are good (because they keep us healthy). Others are good, but under certain conditions they become bad, pathogenic (because then – under these conditions – they cause disease). Others are always pathogenic (that’s why they are bad). When we eat properly, our bodies deal with these bad bacteria on their own. Only if we fail do we have to take antibiotics. Antibiotics are designed to kill these bad bacteria. The bad thing is that along with the bad ones, they also harm the good ones, and then somehow we have to support or restore them. Probiotics come to the rescue.
Probiotics are most commonly bifidobacteria or lactobacilli , sometimes live yeast, used for treatment or prevention.
The main role of probiotics is to regulate or restore the intestinal microbiome (sometimes called the intestinal microbiota), on which many vital processes and functions depend.
The good bacteria present in our body are often destroyed by treatment with antibiotics or other medications. But the same can happen with poor nutrition and a stagnant lifestyle. It can occur even in the absence of enough fiber (we already know that fiber, mainly soluble and partially soluble, serves as food for probiotics and is called prebiotics).
Synbiotics are foods or products that combine probiotics and prebiotics .
And here comes the time to include the latest product of Herbalife Nutrition – Microbiotic Max .
Microbiotic Max is a trademark of Herbalife Nutrition and is essentially a synbiotic that contains probiotic and prebiotic fiber. You can get acquainted with it in detail at the webinar of Dr. Corina Zugravu, and how exactly to watch it, we will explain if you contact us (our coach) or join one of our challenges .
When and how are probiotics taken?
Probiotic can be taken prophylactically: before a sudden change of diet and lifestyle (for example, if you go to sea or on a trip), to strengthen immunity, after a significant intake of medication and almost necessarily after the use of antibiotics .
If the probiotic is taken when changing the regimen, it is good to start 2-3 days before departure (change) and continue for some time after that.
If the probiotic is taken to combat the harmful effects of the antibiotic, for optimal results it is best to take 2-3 hours after the current intake of the antibiotic, continuing for a week or two after the end of the antibiotic.
If the probiotic is taken simply to prevent and improve immunity, it is best to take it during or after a meal. The same applies to taking after other medications (other than antibiotics) or after long-term treatment.
It is best taken together with prebiotics or in a complex in the form of a synbiotic.
The best option is Microbiotic Max , created as a result of decades of work by world-class scientists for Herbalife Nutrition. You will not find it in the shops, look for a coach from our club.
Let’s summarize what we’ve learned so far
Ballast substances and fiber are different names of one thing. They are soluble and insoluble.
Fiber is a carbohydrate. But they are complex carbohydrates that do not transform into energy.
Soluble (and partially soluble) fibers are also called prebiotics or prebiotic fibers.
Cellulose is only a part of insoluble fiber, but it cannot replace the word fiber.
Oat beta-glucans are an ideal natural remedy for bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
Probiotics are best taken during or after a meal.
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