What is a healthy gut microbiome?
Stretching over 25 feet long with total surface area equivalent to half of a badminton court, the intestines serve as the principal site of nutrient absorption.1 Tiny, finger-like projections called villi line this tubular structure and account for its large surface area. The villi increase this organ’s capacity to soak up vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. However, the cells in our gut don’t do this job alone; they are aided by an entire microscopic ecosystem that exists along the walls of the intestine consisting of trillions of microorganisms. In fact, it’s estimated that these microbes outnumber our own body cells by a factor of 10! These microscopic symbiotes, organisms that live in happy harmony with our own cells, can have a profound influence on the health of many body systems.2
Benefits of healthy gut flora:
Habits that harm the gut microbiome
Gut flora can be dramatically impacted by diet, toxic load, exposure to harmful microbes, and even stress. Throughout an individual’s life, several circumstances will arise that warrant the replenishing of healthy gut flora—this is where probiotics and prebiotics can come in handy!
Natural Ways to Improve Gut Health
Probiotics and prebiotics
While probiotics and prebiotics are often employed together, they are distinct and support gut health in different ways. Probiotics are live microbes that, when ingested, colonize the gut to support its normal function. Prebiotics provide nutritional support to the microbial residents of the gut, stimulating their growth and metabolic function. Prebiotics are often natural carbohydrates that aren’t usable by human cells.
What is the best probiotic supplement?
doTERRA PB Assist®+ contains both probiotic and prebiotic elements to support the health of your gut microflora.
A closer look at PB Assist+
To promote healthy gut flora, take PB Assist+ three times a day with meals for 10 days each month. If life circumstances have left your GI microbiota compromised, PB Assist+ can be taken more frequently. We recommend including PB Assist+ as part of your detox routine. If you follow doTERRA’s detoxification program, begin taking PB Assist+ after completing a 10-day GX Assist® regimen.
doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.