Pro-biotic vs Pre-biotic for dysbiosis in the gut
January 3, 2011 2 Comments
Many parents have reported success in getting the calcium into their child by putting it in muffin mix, pancake or waffle mix. Heating doesn’t appear to affect it. Many children continue on the probiotics with Respen-A and many have stopped the probiotics. Research has shown that prebiotics such as FOS are more effective than probiotics in reversing dysbiosis in the gut. The FOS is a soluble fiber made up of sucrose and fructose but the way they are bound, we can’t digest them but they are an excellent source of food for the bacteria in our gut. If we feed the bacteria what they thrive on the best, the bacteria will multiply and through competition keep the yeast in check returning balance to the gut. In fact science has calculated that if you were to feed one bacterial cell what it needed and removed its waste, within a 24 hour period, that one bacterial cell would multiply to create the mass of an aircraft carrier. So you can see that when you feed the bacteria its optimal food such as FOS, there is no need to keep supplying bacteria such as in a probiotic. The only time you don’t want to use FOS is if your stools are positive for Klebsiella which is a bad bacteria in the gut. You would need to get rid of the Klebsiella before taking the FOS or else it will floursih as well on the FOS.
One important thing about taking FOS, don’t divide up the dose as directed on the bottle to get the optimal effect of FOS. As the bacteria eat the FOS, they produce a protein that stimulates our bodies’ gene expression of two very important calcium binding proteins, calbindin D9k and calbindin D28k. The calbindin D9k is needed for calcium and other mineral absorption from the intestines and calbindin D28k protects the cells from too much calcium influx into the cells that can cause exitotoxicity and result in inflammation and cell damage. Whenever you are stimulating gene expression, the protein concentration must be within a finite range. 2,000 -3,000 mg of FOS must be taken all at once in order to get this protein produced by the bacteria in the finite range to stimulate the production of the calcium binding proteins.