Good bacteria and bad bacteria, prebiotics and probiotics are terms you may have become familiar with through sources such as commercials or your doctor. Women are especially informed about the importance of good bacteria as it has a lot to do with eliminating recurring yeast infections. Advertisements promoting probiotic rich foods such as yogurt targets the female demographic more than they do the males, so even though probiotics is as important to men as it is to women, the benefits to women’s health is more publicized.
Yacon syrup is mainly promoted for its benefits to weight loss, but those who consume it gain so much more. If you are concerned about yeast infections, then this article is for you. We will discuss the benefits of consuming Global Health Ideas’ yacon root syrup which is very rich in prebiotics and probiotics.
What are Prebiotics, Probiotics/Good Bacteria
Probiotics are live bacteria that are found in yogurt and other dairy products and pills. They are very effective in managing certain gastrointestinal conditions, but are delicate. They are most likely destroyed by heat, stomach acid and other gastrointestinal juices during the digestion process. Prebiotics are much stronger and actually help to nourish the good bacteria in the colon. They are plant fibers that the body does not digest, and they act as fertilizer to the good bacteria in the gut which provides many health benefits for the digestive system and the body in general. In a nutshell, prebiotics are food for probiotics. Prebiotics can be found many fruits and vegetables, including bananas’ apple skins, onions, garlic and beans. These are more feasible sources for people who have a problem consuming dairy products to benefit from the direct consumption of probiotics.
Women who have recurring yeast infections that just do not seem to respond to the prescribed treatment may actually have an abundance of bad bacteria in the gut. This can lead to an overabundance of candida which can trigger a number of common health conditions that many would have never guessed was caused by the type of bacteria in their gut. Candida is really a fungus (form of yeast) that lives in the mouth and intestine in small amounts. Dr. Amy Myers of Mindbodygreen.com notes that, “Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut.” This then leads to conditions such as depression, seasonal allergies or itchy ears, vaginal infections, vaginal itching, urinary tract infections and rectal itching.
Candida levels are usually kept in check by the healthy bacteria in your gut, so you can imagine what happens when there is an overabundance of bad bacteria. The yacon root syrup from Global Health Ideas contains a high percentage (up to 50%) of both prebiotics and probiotics. It is a sweetener and can therefore be consumed in various ways – drinks or tea. This makes it an ideal addition to every woman’s diet.