If you haven’t heard of prebiotics, then listen up. This is the next big thing in the probiotic discussion, and it’s pretty interesting stuff.
Before we get into the benefits of prebiotics, let’s take a moment to discuss probiotics. The two work hand-in hand, you see.
So, probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that live in our guts. But unfortunately, they often get run out of town by bad bacteria because of illness, stress, medications (especially antibiotics), and some of the foods that we eat. We need a good balance of good vs evil in our guts to help maintain optimal health. So, probiotic capsules, powders, and drinks were all developed to put more of the “good” stuff back into our system.
Probiotics are commonly bought as supplements, but they’re also found naturally in fermented foods. That’s because when certain foods ferment, they produce lactic acid bacteria. And lactic acid bacteria are one of the best kinds of probiotics (that’s where that Lactobacillus in your yogurt got its name). These foods include sauerkraut, pickles, miso, kefir-style drinks, sourdough bread, kombucha, and yep, natural yogurt.
Now, back to prebiotics. Prebiotics are basically “fuel” for probiotics. They make them multiply – much like putting water on a gremlin. Prebiotics help probiotics grow. This means you can “manufacture” your own probiotics right there in your gut by feeding them prebiotics.
Prebiotics are essentially just fiber, the kind of fiber that does not break down properly in our digestive system. This is a good thing, because they need to be intact for probiotics in our system to use them for fuel.
Whereas probiotics are alive and super fragile, prebiotics can’t die, because they’re
- a) not living, and
- b) a strong fiber that can resist stomach acid, heat, and cold.
To be a true prebiotic, they also must be able to be “fermented” by the gut microflora and stimulate the growth of “friendly” gut bacteria.
Some of the best examples of prebiotic foods are green bananas, chicory root (inulin), Jerusalem artichokes, allium vegetables (like garlic, onion, and leek), and asparagus.
It can be hard to get enough of the right kind of fiber on a daily basis, especially when we all seem to be living crazy, busy lives these days.
So, a supplement can be a really good idea. PrebioThrive is a powdered prebiotic supplement made by Gundry MD – the health and wellness company of respected heart surgeon Dr. Steven Gundry.
PrebioThrive is packed with 100 percent natural, fiber-rich prebiotic ingredients, like acacia gum and inulin. It’s designed to help support digestive health and strengthen the immune system (because these days the studies point to your immune system being controlled by your gut – amazing!)1
The PrebioThrive supplement contains:
- Acacia Gum – one of the most fiber-dense prebiotics you can find.
- Agave Inulin – another excellent source of prebiotic fiber.
- Flaxseed – full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.
- Galacto-oligosaccharides – can improve mineral absorption and help with constipation.
- Guar Gum – a strong fiber that comes from the guar plant.
Acacia gum and inulin have especially proved themselves to be epic prebiotics. 2
These fibers all encourage good gut flora to grow and thrive. All you need to do is
add a scoop to a glass of water, or any other beverage, each day.
It’s hard to find supplements that you not only like, but that actually work. The great thing about PrebioThrive is that it comes with a no risk, money-back guarantee. If you feel it doesn’t work for you, you return it. I love it when companies do this, because it means they fully stand behind the product’s results.
But Wait, There’s More
But what about that probiotic supplement you’ve been loving? Do you ditch it?
Hold off. The good news is this: research has shown that pre- and probiotics work best together. It’s a process called “synbiotics,” and it’s the concept that probiotics and prebiotics are far more effective as a team.3
So grab yourself some PrebioThrive (it tastes surprisingly good) and throw it back with your probiotic each day to ensure that your gut is one happy little satellite city.