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5 Reasons to Take Prebiotics

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 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.

Dr. Frank Lipman on why you should take prebioticsThere 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.

If you are looking for a prebiotic derived from PHGG try taking Perfect Pass Prebiotic. It’s the best way to insure you are getting the most out of your probiotics. Right now take 15% off PerfectPass Probiotic when you buy it together with PerfectPass Prebiotic


Don Bodenbach Tells All about Prebiotics

You don’t want to miss this most informative interview with Don Bodenbach, researcher and consumer advocate, on the value of Prebiotics.

Don Bodenbach

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Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG

Dr Pamela Nathan asks Don Bodenbach, health advocate and educator, those critical questions that provide very easy-to-understand, explicit answers to lots of important questions like what exactly prebiotics are, what commensal organisms are, as well as the true value of prebiotics, and why PHGG partially hydrolyzed guar gum, is not only different but also superior to other types of prebiotics on the market today.


Fantastic Facts about Guar Gum Prebiotics

The Fantastic Facts about Guar Gum Prebiotic.

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It’s only recently that the amazing benefits of Guar Gum, particularly when it’s partially hydrolyzed and used therapeutically as a prebiotic, have come to our attention. Not only are people talking about it and starting to use it, but the clinical research that has been accumulating over many years now, has been noticed and cited by physicians, scientists, dietitians and practitioners involved in the holistic health community. Here are the fantastic facts about Guar Gum Prebiotics.

The Human Microbiome Project has really shifted gears for us. Now we know that an adult’s microbiome is established in the first 2 years of their life. If that’s the case then it stands to reason that the optimal way to keep the gut healthy is to feed this microbiome. And that’s exactly what Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum does, and in a most efficient way.

To find out the facts, please read on……

What is Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum?

Guar Gum comes from the seeds of the guar plant, an Indian tree. The seeds are harvested, dried, and then screen-processed into a fine powder. This soluble dietary fiber is subjected to hydrolyzation. Hydrolyzation? It’s a controlled natural enzymatic process that breaks the guar gum down into smaller units. This decreases the viscosity dramatically and so the particles dissolve quickly and easily and yet still keep the original fiber content. It’s an extremely versatile powder. It’s easily taken in water, with no after taste, and no odor.

Why is Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum considered a Prebiotic?

Prebiotics are the so-called ‘fertilizers’ for our good bacteria. The soluble fiber goes directly down to the large intestine without being affected by the stomach acid. The body breaks down these complex carbohydrates into a gelatin-like, sticky byproduct. They ferment and this results in the production of gases and acids in the lower gut. This is what promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine. These good bacteria have wide spread benefit to many essential bodily functions as well as to overall health. Did you know that 70% of our serotonin, which influences our mood, resides in our gut?

Why is Guar Gum different from other Prebiotics?

Guar Gum Prebiotic fiber is unique when you compare it to other non galactomannan based fibers, like Inulin and FOS i.e. fructooliogosaccarides. This is why. Generally speaking, prebiotic fiber produces “short chain fatty acids” (SCFA) in the gut through the fermentation process. But it’s actually the rate of the production of SCFA’s that is very significant. If fermentation occurs quickly, which is the case with Inulin and FOS, it causes is an excess of uncomfortable bloating and flatulence. Fortunately, the fermentation process of partially hydrolyzed guar gum is very slow. This means that it leads to in a higher total amount of SCFA’s being produced over a longer period of time. That’s the reason there is significantly less gas, bloating and discomfort.

How does the production of Short Chain Fatty Acids help Digestion?

Basically there are three main types of Short Chain Fatty Acids – SCFAs. They are called Acetates, Propionates, and Butyrates. The acetates and the 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 and energy source for our beneficial microflora.

It is true that Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum can help both constipation and diarrhea?

Yes, Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum has a truly regulating effect on the digestive system and helps with both constipation and diarrhea. It can bind excess water, add more bulk to the stool and also return
stool content to a normal healthy state. Most importantly, (and why it is considered a prebiotic) it helps to improve the status of the microflora in the digestive system.

Is the partially hydrolyzed Guar Gum considered a natural product?

Yes, it most certainly is a natural product. It’s minimally processed to obtain a finished product with the desired properties. It begins with a natural material, which is grown in fields that are not treated with any chemicals. Then, no preservatives or additives are used during manufacturing. It’s is also certified Kosher, Halal, and it’s vegetarian and Non-GMO. All raw materials are kept free from GMO and their derivatives throughout the production process. And, yes. our Partially hydrolyzed Guar Gum qualifies as an Organic material.

Is there research to support the benefits of Guar Gum?

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Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG

Yes there’s loads of great research, both human and animal studies.

We know is helps improve beneficial probiotics within the intestinal tract including Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus and it helps with the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum has been shown to help a wide variety of conditions, not only related to digestion.  It’s been given as oral rehydration solution in the treatment of severe cholera in adults, Digestion (2008), to improve in glucose intolerance as well as in lipid metabolism and immune function.

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