Prebiotics Is Helpful for Your Gut Health, Expert Says

Mar 07, 2021 07:10 PM EST | By Erika Dee (staff@foodworldnews.com)

Gut Health

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Everyone knows, or at least has heard of the importance of probiotics - mainly because of the press time yogurt has received through the years. But prebiotics is rarely talked about, when studies showed that that it is as important as probiotics, if not more. 

According to a new study, done by functional medicine doctor, Frank Lipman, MD., it is high time that people should start giving some love to prebiotics. Lipman, who wrote "The New Rules of Aging Well: A Simple Program For Immunity Resilience, Strength, and Vitality was recently at an event with the Global Wellness Institute and said so directly that he is a fan more of prebiotics than probiotics.  He gave three reasons why people should too.

Prebiotics Sourced from Insoluble Fiber 

Unlike probiotics, which is sourced from soluble fiber, is sourced from insoluble fiber. One way insoluble fiber is much more superior than soluble fiber is that it is not broken down by the body before they get to the small intestine. This means it can feed the good bacteria already living or thriving in the gut better. 

"Prebiotics make their way into the small intestine and then the microbiome [where the gut bacteria lives] uses it to feed the gut bacteria," he explains. 

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This, in no way, means soluble fiber is bad. Both soluble and insoluble fiber are crucial for having a healthy gut, but the role of prebiotics in feeding the good bacteria in the gut is actually quite unique and critical to nurture.

Mayo Clinic has described prebiotics as specialized plant fibers. By this, it means they act like fertilizers that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut essentially ensures the overall internal function of the body.

Prebiotics Boost the Immune System

According to Life Vantage, not only can prebiotics increase the number of friendly bacteria in the gut,  it can aid in maintaining a healthy digestive system overall. 

It can also go beyond the gut and intestines to boost the immune system. Prebiotic foods have also been shown to support a healthy metabolism, which is the key to overall good health. 

Prebiotics are Easy to Find

Prebiotics may not be given the attention it deserves, but they are actually quite accessible. THey are found in chicory root, dandelion greens, garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, and even bananas. If you cannot get your dosage of prebiotics in fancy supplements or drinks, you can just pile up your diet with these foods and make your gut so much healthier.

What's the Point of Having a Healthy Gut, Anyway?

As said, gut health actually determines the health of many more other organs.

The human gut is so much more complex and can have a massive impact on whole-body health. A healthy gut is linked to to a strong immune system, a healhty heart and even a healthy brain. There are studies who showed that people with healthy guts are generally happier too, because they have balanced moods and less bad digestion days. 

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