Exploring the Function of the Microbiome
It seems everyone is excited by probiotics. The role of probiotics in human health is driving research and this new and emerging research is revealing astounding and far-reaching benefit beyond the digestive tract. In this interview with Jolie Root you will learn about some of the cutting edge research on probiotics recently published.
The average consumer is usually years behind current research. It takes years for a nutrient to emerge into the general awareness. Consider the emergence of probiotics. What is now known by many consumers is that probiotics are beneficial for digestive health . We now know this based on previous research done years, even decades, in the past.
In this interview with Jolie Root you are going to learn about some of the current leading edge research with probiotics. It is possible that some of what we discuss in this interview will become common knowledge in the future. The point is that we now have great confidence in the importance of probiotics for digestion and immune support. Recent clinical studies suggest far reaching lifetime benefits of probiotics beginning with birth and throughout life. Jolie will discuss some of these studies.
As we review the science the important basic concept is that a healthy microbiome is the goal. The benefits that we discover are available to all of us when we maintain a healthy digestive environment and microbiome. Please don’t think of probiotics as drugs that you take because you have a problem. You take probiotics because the benefits of a healthy digestive system are far-reaching and powerful. Supplements nourish the body. With a proper microbiome your body is designed to achieve symbiosis. Symbiosis is defined as interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both. This is in contrast to Dysbiosis (also called dysbacteriosis) is a term for a microbial imbalance on or inside the body. Dysbiosis is most commonly reported as a condition in the digestive tract.
Your goal is to achieve Symbiosis and avoid Dysbiosis. This interview will help you understand this concept.
I think you will be impressed by the studies we discuss. It should give you greater confidence to more fully discover the value of beneficial bacteria. Jolie also discusses the importance of prebiotics. A prebiotic is a nondigestible food ingredient (basically fiber) that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. Prebiotic fibers act a food for the bacteria. Well fed bacteria do better.
The purpose of nutritional science is not to find cures or treatments for disease. That is the role of pharmaceutical drugs. Nutrients are not drugs and function totally different than drugs. The role of all nutrition, food and supplements, is to give the body the building blocks of human biochemistry. The body already knows how to use natural nutrients and with nutrition, the magic is in the body. When we recognize that certain nutrients can help with human health issues, that is to recognize that the body has the power to heal when given the right conditions and nutrients, consistently over time. It is always the body that heals. When you think how best to nourish your body for your issues, and stop looking for nutrition to treat disease, you will be more successful in building a nutritional program that works for you.
About Jolie Root
Jolie is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought which is heard in New York, Florida and online.