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How do you make more of your beneficial gut elixir, butyrate?

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This is how.

Yesterday, on our previous post, we started off with the discussion of how important butyrate, the beneficial fatty acid produced by helpful bacteria eating plant fibers in our bellies, can really boost our health. Production of butyrate is not always straightforward. It often involves eating the right prebiotic fiber as well as having the right community of bacteria types that trade chemicals. Often the chemical trades will occur between a kind of bacteria called Bifidobacteria , for which there are 51 species, and bacteria that actively make butyrate. Examples of such butyrate producing bacteria are Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, Anaerostipes, Eubacterium, and Roseburia species. In other words, its a team effort. To clarify, you currently cannot go and buy those butyrate producing bacteria in the stores.

Besides feeding your belly cells, Butyrate, has other protective mechanisms that are so good, that companies have tried to synthesize similar chemicals to make health promoting products with them to address serious health problems besides feeding the cells lining the belly.

Because butyrate production is so important researchers have studied which prebiotic fibers are more likely to help the microbiome produce more butyric acid. Generally, foods that can help to create the most butyric acid are:

1. Psyllium husk - which is what makes Metamucil or you can get loose powders or capsules made with it
2. Beans
3. Oat & Wheat Bran
4. Brown Rice

More specifically inulin is a prebiotic fiber that can help to promote butyrate. Sources of inulin are:

1.) chicory root
2.) dandelion greens
3.) Jerusalem artichoke
4.) garlic
5.) onion
6.) Leeks
7. Asparagus
8. Bananas
9. Barley
10. Oats
11. Apples

To be clear, just because you eat these foods, it doesn’t automatically mean you will produce the butyrate as you need to have the right colonies of bacteria that were mentioned above. Prior antibiotic use, or a fiber poor diet, can make it more difficult to nurture the right kinds of bacteria to create the protective butyrate.

Now as far as taking antibiotics go, I think its a great idea to drink Liovi Probiotic Drink. Antibiotics disrupt the microbial balance in the gut as they kill off lots of beneficial bacteria.
As a result, the chemistry can also get out of balance. Liovi helps to create the belly environment to promote a healthy intestinal balance.

 

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