Best Fiber for Pregnant Moms

Pregnant Moms Need the Best Fiber

Pregnant mom drinking drink with prebiotic soluble fiber

Pregnant moms are always looking for the best for their babies, particularly when it comes to finding the best fiber available. Sometimes, it’s difficult to decide when there’s so many products to choose from and loads of advice from many different sources.

When you’re pregnant it’s a paricularly important time to look at what you’re eating as everything you take in will be shared with your baby. Its good to eat a diet that’s full of all types of vegetables, particularly the green, leafy ones, fruits, some grains – depending on your particular state of health and proteins.

The balance of all nutrients is important. Remember, too, that folic acid is especially important because it is known to help prevent the development of neural tube defects.

Often pregnancy leads to constipation. For this reason fiber is important to include on a regular basis as it helps to move waste through the gut.

It’s often challenging to get the required amount of 27 grams a day from what you eat, so supplementation can be very helpful indeed. Perfect Pass Prebiotic is the type of soluble fiber that is completely safe to use during pregnancy.

Perfect Pass Prebiotic best fiber for pregnant momsOne tablespoon of Perfect Pass Prebiotics will give you about 14 grams of soluble fiber. Unlike other supplements, this one, Perfect Pass Prebiotics is all-natural. It mixes easily in water, juice and any hot beverage. It can also be stirred into foods as well as used in your own particular recipes.

The soluble fiber is a regulating fiber.

It doesn’t change the flavor, color, or the texture, and it’s odorless.

The biggest advantage is that you won’t experience any uncomfortable side effects like gas or bloating because this type of fiber, i.e. partially hyrdrolyzed guar gum or PHGG, is able to ferment slowly in the gut, so it helps the food pass through the digestive tract at the right speed.

Prebiotics and Probiotics, the Perfect Couple.

Prebiotics and Probiotics are undoubtedly the Perfect Couple.

Let me tell you why I say that Prebiotics and Probiotics are the perfect couple. They really do go hand in hand to help keep your digestive system functioning optimally.

We know that probiotic foods are very importantt to keep our gut healthy. What we didn’t know until recently, was how important it was to be incorporating prebiotics as well. They help feed our probiotics. By combining them together, we can accomplish better results. Our western diets, generally don’t include prebiotics every day.

When we don’t include prebiotics, unfortunately, this can often lead to indigestion, potential weight gain, increase in inflammation anywhere in the body and even a higher chance of developing chronic disease.

Here are the foods that have high amounts of prebiotics:

  • acacia gum (or gum arabic)
  • raw chicory root
  • raw Jerusalem artichokes
  • raw or cooked onions
  • raw leeks
  • raw garlic
  • raw dandelion greens
  • raw jicama

What Are Prebiotics?

Prebiotic is soluble fiber that is actually not digested. They are like high fiber foods in that pass through the upper part of the digestive tract and stay undigested because humans aren’t able to break them down. So they pass through the small intestine, undigested and then they reach the colon. This is where they’re fermented by microbiota found naturally in the gut.

Initially, prebiotics weren’t regarded as fiber compounds. However, our recent research has shown us that these compounds act in exactly the same way as other forms of fiber. Now we know that galactans, are one of the most effective forms of prebiotics that are fermented by anaerobic bacteria in the large intestine.

Why is it best to take Prebiotics and Probiotics to Optimize Gut Health?

We have known about the benefits of probiotics for meany years now. However, fermented foods like kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut, which are great sources of prebiotics, are still not known to the population at large.

The role of fiber in many plants are very important for the absorption of nutrients that keep the digestive tract healthy. Prebiotics, together with probiotics, open the door for heightened levels of health in general, so everyone is encouraged to include more of them in their diets. Its the prebiotics that are the nutrient ‘fertilizer’ for the beneficial, good bacteria that live in your gut.

Prebiotics work together with probiotics.

They provide the breeding ground to encourage the growth of good bacteria. This results in many positive changes to occur in both the activity and the composition of the gut.

A healthy gut is made up of a diversity of intestinal bacteria. Prebiotics provide fuel for all natural microbiota and so encourage diversity. This is the fundamentally significant characteristic of a healthy digestive tract. All “good bacteria” can flouish, particularly the strains we have the most of, commonly known as lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidus (bifidobacteria).

It’s important to understand that the health of our digestive tract influences a lot of other functions in our bodies. Probiotics and prebiotics together help to reduce overall inflammation. This means that they reduce the risk of developing any chronic disease.

Not all prebiotics are the same. PHGG – partially hyrdrolyzed guar gum, a known galactommanan, is the optimal source.

Research shows the benefits of taking galactomannans in therapeutic doses.

3 Reasons to Add Prebiotics to Your Daily Diet

Did you know that it’s recommended to get prebiotic soluble fiber in your diet every day?

When you take probiotics you really have to make sure you are feeding them as well.

Probiotics feed on and grow on prebiotic soluble fiber.

How can you add prebiotics soluble fiber to your diet?

  • Through whole uncooked plants such as chicory, jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onion and leeks
  • Through fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha and home made yogurt

Truthfully, though, most people don’t eat these foods on a daily basis.

That leaves the third method of getting necessary soluble fiber and that’s through a daily supplement.

According to a study by the Stanford Medical School, if we don’t get enough soluble fiber every day to feed our bacteria, the bacteria will obtain it on their own through breaking down the cells that form the tight junction in our intestinal lining. That’s right, they will start devouring these cells.

What happens when we don’t get enough Prebiotic Fiber?

Leaky Gut. This is when gut impermeability happens. Basically, harmful toxins from the foods we eat go into our bloodstream and cause us to feel sick by triggering an inflammatory response in our body.

What are the three reasons to supplement with Prebiotic Fiber?

1. An Increase in Healthful Bacteria

  • Selective stimulation of the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of intestinal bacteria associated with health and well-being
  • Resistance to gastric acidity and digestive enzymes, which enables prebiotic soluble fiber to survive until it gets to the large intestine
  • Fermentation (digestion) by intestinal bacteria

Research shows  that supplementing with a variety of dietary soluble fibers types results in increases in Bifidobacteria, Lactobacillus, or both. These and other healthful bacteria improve health in a variety of ways.

By feeding on prebiotic soluble fiber, their primary food source, they increase in number and metabolic activity, which as a result produces short-chain fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and bacteriocins.

Short-chain fatty acids do a number of significant things:

  • One type of short-chain fatty acid feeds the cells that make up the gut lining, helping to keep the cells healthy and thus supporting their barrier function. This type of short-chain fatty acid also regulates these cells’ growth and differentiation—factors that may contribute to the fatty acid’s role in helping to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
  • Other short-chain fatty acids are absorbed and transported to the liver, where they favorably affect glucose metabolism and also appear to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and regulate the deposit of fat.

Peter Swann, MD, FAAFP, FACOEM,

2. Improved Immunity

In elderly adults, supplementation with prebiotics showed an increase in natural killer cell activity:

  • increase production of an anti-inflammatory substance;
  • decrease production of two pro-inflammatory substances;

According to the author of one review article on prebiotic soluble fiber, many animal and human studies suggest that some aspects of innate and adaptive immunity of the gut and the entire immune system are positively affected by prebiotic supplementation.*

*Lomax AR et al., “Prebiotics, immune function, infection and inflammation: a review of the evidence,” The British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 101, no. 5 (March 2009): 633–658

3. Help for Complex Bowel Conditions

Prebiotic supplementation can offer significant help to people who face more challenging gastrointestinal conditions and may help to improve symptoms of IBS and IBD crohns and colitis.

In addition, prebiotic soluble fiber improves inflammatory conditions and the body’s response to certain infections. These “prebiotic effects” make this natural, non-invasive supplementation a smart choice.

Use Perfect Pass Prebiotic if you have any of the following:

  • high cholesterol,
  • overweight
  • digestive issue
  • osteoporosis
  • before and after antibiotic use

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How To Get the Most Out Of Your At Home Gut Test.

A yearly gut test is a really good idea if you want to know things about what resides in your gut. Your gut health is the most essential component to disease prevention and longevity.

What's in your gut?Your immune system lives in your gut, and most importantly your body’s ability to produce hormones is affected by your gut. Essentially you need to make sure it’s running properly before you have any symptoms. That’s why a yearly gut test ought to be done as a check up. 

A great test to take for yearly maintenance is the Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis Test.  or Genova Labs’ Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis.

Maybe you have constipation, gas, bloating, brain fog, diarrhea or chronic stomach pain. This could be due to a bacteria, yeast or a fungal overgrowth, or maybe even a parasite that you picked up on your travels. A gut test will also indicate that you may have a bacteria imbalance and need more good bacteria. We suggest Genova Comprehensive Parasitology or Doctors Data Comprehensive Parasitology Test. Both companies offer similar labs.

If you’ve already had a gut test and found your good bacteria levels to be low you may have started taking prebiotics and probiotics. If it’s been at least three months since you’ve been taking them, now is a good time to recheck.

You want to make sure that your probiotics are working to bring in more good bacteria and it’s actually taking up residency in your gut. A gut recheck ought to be a way to ensure that you’re taking the right probiotic for you and also let you know if you need prebiotic fiber to fertilize the probiotic.

If your previous assessment results have shown that you have candida, and you followed a protocol and change of diet, you can retest to make sure the protocol has worked and the candida is under control.  At this point you will know if you should continue with the protocol.

Do you know that there is a specific parasite test? There’s a great one from Genova Diagnostics. 

If you tested positive for parasites you most likely followed a protocol to cleanse the digestive tract and then recolonized your gut and strengthened your immune system. Once the treatment protocol is finished you need to retest to ensure the parasites are gone.   

Need help? Please call us toll free at 877.240.7528 M-F 10-3 PST to set up a consult.

What are Synbiotics?

Dr. Robynne ChutkanDr. Robynne Chutkan, an integrative gastroenterologist and best selling author of the “Microbiome Solution” was interviewed by Dr. Oz recently. She was talking about Irritable Bowel Syndrome, explaining how IBS can manifest both as IBS-C (with constipation) and IBS-D (with diarrhea). She went on to suggest than an excellent way to help both kinds of IBS is with synbiotics …. and tells you how to make your own at home.

What’s a Synbiotic?

Synbiotics are the dynamo combination of prebiotics and probiotics. Not only do they provide good food for gut bacteria but they also deliver significant amounts of live bacteria themselves. The probiotics are good, live bacteria for our gut while the prebiotics are the food for our beneficial gastro intestinal bacteria. She recommends synbiotics for both IBS-C and IBS-D.

How to make Synbiotics at Home

Dr. Chutkan explains how to transform your prebiotic foods into synbiotics at home. You start off by taking any prebiotic veggie and adding a teaspoon of salt. That’s it! So, chop up some carrots, asparagus, and onions and place then place them in a mason jar and cover them in water. Then add a teaspoon of salt and cover the jar with a paper towel and rubber band. Then let it sit on your counter for a week. They’ll keep for one month in your fridge. What happens is that all the good bacteria start to grow and turn your prebiotics into a synbiotic. It’s that easy to do at home!

What Happens when you don’t have time to make Synbiotics at Home?

Committing to eat fermented foods on a consistent basis may be difficult to achieve. Actually making synbiotics may be a challenge as well. That’s where our Perfect Pass Prebiotic and Probiotic Combination comes to the rescue. In reviewing many of our past blog posts, you’ll find that our philosophy on how to maintain a healthy gut synchronizes precisely with Dr Chutkan’s approach. We, too, encourage our clients to use a combination of prebiotics with probiotics, even when they don’t actually make the synbiotics at home, they create a similar environment in the gut by combining both pre and probiotics.

You need good gut bacteria, and lots of it to make a healthy microbiome. You know how important your gut bacteria is. You need to nurture it. You know, too, that a strong microbiome is constantly compromised by antibiotics, processed foods and environmental toxins. The bests way to nurture your microbiome is by feeding it. This will help increase the numbers. Yes, that’s right, you can feed your bacteria. This helps your microbiome grow strong and encourages the good bacteria to multiply. How do we do this? …by actually feeding it with prebiotics. Not all Prebiotics are the same There’s a difference between different types of prebiotics – like Inulin, FOS and PHGG. Inulin-type prebiotics include fructooligosaccharides (FOS), oligofructose, and inulin. Whereas PHGG is a galactooligosaccharides.

The preferred prebiotic type is galactooligosaccharides. Why? because they ferment slowly. When the soluble fiber ferments slowly, it doesn’t result in symptoms of gas and bloating which often happens with inulin and FOS which are known to cause digestive symptoms like gas and bloating as a result of their rapid speed of fermentation. That’s why our Perfect Pass Prebiotic PHGG is a pure galactooligosacaride – one that is known to ferment slowly and not cause any side effects. What’s more …. there’s valid clinical research to show how beneficial it is in combating SIBO as well as reducing symptoms of both diarrhea and constipation.

Why choose PHGG?

We prefer the prebiotic that is made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum (PHGG). The process of hydrolyzation slows down the fermentation process to insure the likelihood that your good bacteria has time to feed on it. The guar gum is already partially broken down with water. Guar gum that is used in Perfect Pass Prebiotic is highly purified and extensively researched. It dissolves easily and fully in water and it’s easy for everyone to use. There’s no smell, no taste and it breaks down easily.

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Based on our confidence on how effective the synbiotic concept is, we encourage all our clients to consider using our PHGG prebiotic  with any probiotic of their choice. Right now when you buy Perfect Pass Prebiotic with any of these probiotics, you receive 10% off the probiotics. You can choose from Dr. Ohhira, VSL, Visbiome or Primal Defense. No coupon is needed, simply place both in your cart to receive the discount. Better still, when you purchase Perfect Pass Prebiotic with Perfect Pass Probiotic, our favored probiotic, you’ll get 15% off the probiotics. No coupon is needed, simply put both in your cart to receive the discount.