Session Description: The complex ecosystem of microorganisms that colonize the human gastrointestinal tract have numerous and important functions. The beneficial bacteria modulate normal immunological function, produce various nutrients and bioactive compounds, support healthy digestive function, and protect against pathogenic bacteria. Therefore, modification of the intestinal microbiota in order to achieve, restore, and maintain favorable balance within the ecosystem, and the activity of microorganisms present in the gastrointestinal tract is necessary for the enhanced health of the host. Research on the next generation of microbiome supportive nutrients, combining pro- and prebiotics as synbiotics, to enhance human health has accelerated in the past 10 years, but how does the collective research translate to practical clinical applications?
- Review the current understanding on the effects of probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics on human health.
- Discuss the mechanisms of beneficial actions of synbiotics
- And explore the clinical application of synbiotics to support microbiome balance
Leah Linder, ND, is a writer and speaker on topics of natural medicine and dietary supplements. An alumnus of Bastyr University, Dr. Linder is a licensed naturopathic physician, educator, and currently serves as science and education manager for SFI USA, which manufactures professional nutritional supplements under the Klaire Labs brand. Beyond her work at Klaire labs, she is the owner of her own private practice specializing in microbiome health, naturopathic gynecology, hormone balancing, and acute and chronic pain. From Dr. Linder: “I don’t heal my patients, I teach them to heal themselves.”