Up until the middle of the last century, around 1950’s, if you complained to your doctor about being tired all the time he would routinely prescribe an old-fashioned worm medicine. Parasites are still around but are very hard to detect exactly what symptoms they are causing. so modern medicine tends to ignore them now.
Parasitic testing procedures used today can only recognize around 50 of the many hundreds of parasites that can live inside us, add to that their very erratic reproductive cycle and you have inconclusive test results at best. Also, if you consider the long list of possible parasitic-related symptoms, some may be from disorders other than parasites.
Probiotics can help
The perfect terrain for parasites to thrive in is one that’s lacking the proper balance of intestinal flora. This is the balance of the good bacteria and the bad, and since probiotics make up the major part of the good bacteria then increasing that number will decrease the parasites chance to survive, or at least stop reinvestation.
How to increase your probiotics
Probiotics are already inside your gut, living alongside other bacteria. They are constantly battling the bad bacteria trying to keep their numbers low so that your digestive tract can function properly and fight off infections, disorders, and disease. You may have heard of probiotic supplements that some companies add to certain fermented foods like yogurt, while this seems like a way to increase the probiotics in your system it really doesn’t help the cause.
New research points to prebiotics
The ongoing research concerning the relationship between pro and prebiotics is still relatively new but has produced some exciting and optimistic results. Neither probiotics nor prebiotics are anything new, what is new is the discoveries that have been made regarding how these two function together.
As mentioned earlier, probiotics are found naturally in our digestive tract as a type of good bacteria needed for good digestive health.
How prebiotics fit in
Prebiotics are not found naturally in our body but are in certain carbohydrate foods we eat such as whole grains, raw vegetables and a variety of fruits. When absorbed into our digestive tract they provide important enzyme, phenols, and fiber nutrients that probiotics feed on to grow. So while probiotics are very important, they are not self-supporting therefore must have prebiotics providing them the food they need.
Our gut flora is a very delicate and complicated balancing act but the good news is we can seriously influence it through our diet; feed it junk and sugar and you give the upper edge to things like E.coli and parasites. But feed it good wholesome prebiotics and you give the upper hand to the probiotic team representing the good bacteria that can squash the bad guys through sheer numbers… the choice is up to you.