Glen Gibson, Professor of Food Microbiology, and Head of Food Microbial Sciences at Reading University presented a lecture “Bugs in Your Gut : What are they doing there and why am I trying to find out", to the Speedwell Trust on 3rd Dec, at the Green Temple College, Oxford.
Having describe the journey of our food through its various stages of digestion; stomach, small and then large intestine, he went on to describe the enormous quantity of bacteria that our large intestines produce and its importance in keeping us all healthy. The importance of maintaining this gut flora was highlighted. Antibiotics, although necessary to fight some infections, tend to cause damage to our natural protecting bacteria. Hence the importance of consuming probiotics simultaneously with the antibiotics has been known for some while with some countries issuing prescriptions for probiotics alongside antibiotics.-for simultaneous consumption
The Professor recommended consuming pre and probiotics on a daily basis-as a means for maintaining overall wellness.
Prebiotics can be obtained from consuming root vegetable, leeks, artichokes, asparagus, leeks etc.
Unfortunately, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA ) is yet to release any guidance on the use of probiotics, despite numerous submissions from manufacturers. The Professor considered this has led to a degree of confusion for the general public, in determining the most appropriate probiotic to take. Europe seemed to be lacking behind the world with such published advice.
The professor reported that research tended to indicate there may be a link between antibiotics, particularly large doses, and autism in children.
I certaintly came away convinced of the importance of pre and probiotics and I for one, will be consuming probiotics on a more regular basis from now on.