Our gut health is the cornerstone of a strong healthy body, immune system and optimal brain function. Supplementing our diet with probiotics is good for keeping our bacteria in balance. We want an abundance of good bacteria to crowd out the bad bacteria. Prebiotics are the best way to feed to your good bacteria.
While it’s very important to take prebiotics to feed our probiotics, there’s compelling new research showing that prebiotics benefit our systems in many other ways.
Prebiotics have now become an important consideration in maintaining gut health.
Five Reasons You Should be Taking Prebiotics
- Reduces Food Cravings
- Intestinal Health – prebiotics increase bulk in stools & shorten the transit time in the intestines
- Reduces Inflammation – encourages the growth of good gut bacteria which reduces symptoms associated with IBS, Crohn’s and IBD
- Lowers Cholesterol – aids in the break down of cholesterol in the GI tract.
- Strengthens Immune System – provides food for probiotics which increases good gut bugs.
Let’s talk about the benefit that prebiotics help with food cravings.
Recently Dr. Oz interviewed Dr. Frank Lipman who told us much more about this and how it actually works.
Dr. Lipman is considered a pioneer in functional and integrative medicine who has helped thousands of people increase their energy by combining modern medicine with alternative medicine.
Dr. Lipman is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and an author of many New York Times-bestselling books.
There is an exciting new body of research from a 2016 study done by the University of Glasgow which shows that chemicals produced in the colon when eating fiber effect food cravings. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) produced through fermentation of non-digestible carbohydrates in the gut have a positive metabolic impact on our appetite.
This study shows how fiber can help with the most common barrier to weight loss..food cravings! Click Here to see the full interview.
Just as all probiotics are not the same, not all prebiotics are the same. The prebiotic that we like the best is PHGG. That stands for Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum.
This prebiotic fiber is unique in comparison to other non galactomannan based fibers.
A prebiotic fiber is one that produces “short chain fatty acids” (SCFA) in the gut. The rate of production of SCFA’s is very important. They are produced via a fermentation process. If the fermentation happens rapidly (like inulin and others) the result is a lot of physically uncomfortable bloating and socially uncomfortable flatulence.
The fermentation process of PHGG is extremely slow in comparison to other fibers, so there is much more time to produce a higher total amount of SCFA’s and they are produced slowly, so there is much less gas and discomfort.
In a twelve week study done by The Department of Gastroenterology, Sapir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Israel in 2016 the results showed that PHGG helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with increases in the concentration of bifidobacterium and lactobacilli species and increases short-chain fatty acids in the colon. It also showed to have a positive effect on reducing blood cholesterol, controlling blood sugar levels and reducing acute diarrhea.
More about Short Chain Fatty Acids
There are basically three main types of Short Chain Fatty Acids – SCFA.
They are Acetates, Propionates, and Butyrates.
Of the 3 types of SCFA, the acetates and propionates are beneficial, but they tend to transfer through the walls of the intestine and get metabolized in muscle or liver.
Its only the Butyrates that remain in the digestive system and act as a food, energy source for the beneficial microflora.
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