Feeding your pet and his microbiome
Prebiotics, fermented food, plant polyphenols
and other active compounds
You will see in Part One of the report, how important certain bacteria are to your pets health.
You will also learn how by making some small changes to the diet, beneficial bacteria can be encouraged to increase in number, providing even more benefits.
Some of the dietary changes mentioned in Part One are made by adding prebiotic ingredients such as inulin. The definition of a prebiotic is ''a nondigestible food ingredient that beneﬁcially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon and thus improves host health.'' Inulin is only one example of how important plant chemicals can be to the biome, another group you will hear mentioned is plant polyphenols.
Probiotics are also mentioned these are live bacteria, rather than a food for the bacteria. Other recommended dietary changes will relate to imbalances between the groups of bacteria that feed or digest carbohydrates, fats and protein. Making small changes in the amount or quality of these major nutrients will significantly improve the health of the gut and prevent any future opportunity for inflammation and colitis.