What is the recent developments in this field? I would like to know or be pointed towards the recent developments in regards to pre and probiotics. I have a child that has been on GAPS for almost a year and I'm curios as to the debate evolving in this field regarding use of starch...anaerobic vs aerobic bacteria and the methods of introduction to improve gut health. Any relevant studies or personal revelations are appreciated. This is not a debate. Simply trying to accumulate data.
asked byJay_15 (18645)
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on October 14, 2012
at 02:58 PM
i've been looking into the probiotic world a lot lately and i'm with you i don't think we have nearly as much info as we need. i think our gut bacteria are basically what controls our health. there are 10-100 trillion bacteria in our gut biome that interact in such a complex fashion, based on a huge number of inputs, so gaining insight into it is going to take a long time and a lot of research.
that being said, there has been some really cool research that shows how when certain bacterial microorganisms are in the same habitat as other specific microorganisms they produce epigenetic responses that alter their enzymatic capacities making otherwise undigestible food (mainly polysaccharides) available to us for energy. this begs the question, is there an optimal formula for everyone? how vastly do individuals gut biome differ from one another? should individuals have their own specialized probiotic formula? these are questions i don't have the answer to but i believe are very important.
this is also just one example. i know there is a lot of research with regards to probiotics being hugely important for Chron's disease, and IBD among a number of other disorders. probiotics are very anti-inflammatory and are vitally important in immune signaling and functioning so it makes sense that they are huge players in our overall health.
another interesting field that they have been researching is whether probiotics can replace antibiotics in industrially feed for chickens and cows. obviously people are a little worried about antibiotic resistance and this could provide a good alternative. i havent had time to thoroughly look into the research yet but it's out there. with a quick google search of "probiotic gene expression" you'll get a long list of studies that cover a wide variety of topics.
as for the best way to introduce them, i'm gonna assume it's sorta like everything in the paleo world. if you can get fermented foods in their most pure state i would think that's gotta be your best bet. probiotics supplements probably work to an extent but nature has a way of being so complex and perfect that it's really hard, if not impossible, to duplicate in a lab.
i hope you get a good thread going, i think probiotics are the way of the future when it comes to health.