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                      Dr. Cassandra Generlette M.D.                                                                                   Family Medicine Doctor  in St. Maarten

Benefits of Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics are mirco-organisms that aid in digestion and provide additional health benefits

  • Regulate local and systemic immune function, consequently decreasing inflammation
  • Regulate bowel motility
  • Support the mucosal barrier , supporting proper nutrient absorption
  • Increase resistance to pathogens
  • Produce essential B vitamins
  • Prevent overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, alleviating heartburn and bloating
  • Your Gut hosts between 500 and 2000 species of micro-organisms (bacteria, yeast, parasites, viruses, etc)
  • 60-80% of the immune system is located in the gut.
  • Our bodies are more bacteria than human, housing 10 times more microbes than human cells. 
  • Our microbes have 360 times more protein coding DNA than we do 
  • More than 40 disease have been linked to bacterial imbalances including Depression, Arthritis, IBS and Cancer
  • Gut bacteria create 95% of the body's serotonin.

Facts ​​About Your Gut

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that serves as food for the probitoic bacteria

  • Influence the composition of the gut bacteria
  • Prevent GI and systemtic Infection
  • Regulate appetite by regulating ghrelin and leptin
  • Prevent cancerous changes
  • Enhance nutrient utilization

Top Foods Containing Prebiotics

  • Raw chicory root: prebiotic content is about 65 percent of chicory root’s total weight
  • Raw Jerusalem artichoke: 32 percent of total weight
  • Raw dandelion greens: 24 percent of total weight (also great for liver and kidney detoxification)
  • Raw garlic: 18 percent of total weight
  • Raw leeks: 12 percent of total weight
  • Raw onions (including scallions): 9 percent of total weight
  • Cooked onion: 5 percent of total weight
  • Asparagus: 5 percent of total weight
  • Raw banana: 1 percent of total weight