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Should I take Probiotics in Eating Disorder Recovery ?

Updated: Jul 20, 2022

Lets say that you CAN, but there is something that is way more efficient for Gut Health, and its called FOOD.

Yes, food comes first. Always. Because food contains "PREBIOTICS". In simple words, Prebiotics is what Will allow your good Gut Microbes to thrive and kill the bad ones.

A good Gut health can only be atteined by maximizing plant-based diversity into your diet and minimizing processed and animal food.... Nevertheless, prebiotic and probiotic supplements can help accelerate the process.

It will be even more efficient if digesting fiber is a challenge now because of a damaged gut. The benefit of prebiotic supplementation, particularly for anyone struggling with gut issues, is that we can augment the prebiotic fiber or healthy microbes in the gut in a targeted way without asking the gut to deal with anything else.

Pre and probiotic supplements can widely improve our ability to process fiber and FODMAPs and also reduce the digestive distress (bloating, flatulence etc ...)

To Create a Healthy and strong Gut / Microbiom after 8 Years of Bulimia and Binge Eating, I had to be very careful about Nutrition, but I can assure you it worth it. You are what you eat...

Effects of prebiotic fiber supplementation:

- Growth of SCFA-producing gut microbes

- Reduced counts of unhealthy microbes

- Improvement in parameters of diabetes including lower postprandial blood sugar and insulin concentrations

- Lower total cholesterol

- Lower triglycerides

Increased HDL cholesterol (the good one)

- Reduced fat mass

- Improved satiety with an increase in satiety hormones

- Improved absorption of calcium and magnesium

But remember, when we’re dealing with fiber and FODMAPs, low and slow is the way to grow. When we introduce prebiotic supplements, more isn’t necessarily better.

Ok, now, where to get those natural supplement (not a drug)... BETA GLUCANS: In oats, barley, wheat, rye, seaweed, reishi, shiitake, and maitake mushrooms.

PSYLLIUM: called "Psyllium husk”

PARTIALLY HYDROLYZED GUAR GUM: Derived from guar seed, a leguminous plant grown mainly in India and Pakistan.

ACACIA POWDER: Made by grinding up acacia gum, a product of the acacia tree native to Africa. (you can find it in powder, capsule, or tablet form).

WHEAT DEXTRIN: (If you live in the US they sell it as Benefiber). ISOMALTO-OLIGOSACCHARIDE (IMO): In miso, soy sauce and honey. You can add easily it to salad, soup, porridge or smoothies... Depending on your taste. ;)

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#guthealth #Prebiotics #Microbiome #Microbiota #Guthealthforbulimia

References : Bulsiewicz MD, Will . Fiber Fueled. Penguin Publishing Group.

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