Bacteria are a natural and normal part of your digestive tract. This includes trillions of both “good” and “unfriendly” bacteria. Taking care of the “good” bacteria is essential to sustain your digestive system and contribute to your overall health and well-being. It’s important to support the growth of “good” bacteria that’s already there. That’s where prebiotics play an important role.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are non-digestible ingredients that your body uses to support and feed the “good” bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics can be found in low quantities in certain fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and are also commonly produced from the fiber contained in plants. Prebiotics are also available in supplements and fortified in foods and beverages. The “typical Western diet” is low in prebiotics from food sources, so prebiotic supplements and fortified foods and beverages provide opportunities to consume an effective daily dose of prebiotics. If you want to support a healthy gut, and overall health, then you need to feed your body prebiotics.
According to the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), a prebiotic is defined as “a substrate that is selectivelyutilized by host microorganisms, conferring a health benefit.1
Did you know?
70% of your immune system is located in your gut?2
Prebiotics feed good bacteria
You may think your digestion only affects the way your gut feels, but your gut can affect everything from your brain to your heart. Adding prebiotics to your diet is an important and easy way to jumpstart your health, as prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your gut. Feeding good bacteria increases the production of Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs) that have been linked to a number of health benefits and lower the pH in your colon.3 Short chain fatty acids are byproducts produced by the healthy bacteria when they use the prebiotic. If you want to feel your best, from your gut to your head to your toes, you need to consume prebiotics.
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