It’s very possible that a lack of PREBIOTICS could be contributing to your difficulty in reaching your health, fitness, or weight loss goal.
There’s a lot of talk and emphasis on PRObiotics these days, but PREbiotics are not talked about nearly enough! So I’m going to help you understand what a prebiotic is, what the benefits are, and whether or not you should be taking one! [[To view info on probiotics and see my husband belly dance in the process, CLICK HERE]]
First of all, why do either of these components matter? Why are they essential to your health? Because they’re necessary for a well-functioning gut, and with your gut being your second brain, you need to support it in every way possible. Chances are, if you have some type of health issue going on, your gut is affecting it. If your hormones are unbalanced, your mood is unstable, you experience bloating, you deal with anxiety or depression, you’re tired, you deal with inflammation in any form, there it is HIGHLY LIKELY that it is stemming from your gut. So if you want to have more control over your body and your results, you need to take control your gut health.
What exactly is a prebiotic?
It’s a special type of soluble fiber that can be consumed via supplement or whole food sources. There are several different types of prebiotic fibers such as inulin, oligofructose, and fructoiligosaccaride (FOS) and you can find these fibers in many plants such as Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, onions, garlic, bananas, etc. The problem most people encounter is that they won’t or can’t eat enough of these pre-biotic-rich foods to actually reap the benefits.
Do you need both prebiotics AND probiotics?
Yes, they have a synergistic relationship! Probiotics are the good bacteria that we need in our gut in order for it to function properly. Prebiotics are essentially the food that the probiotics need to eat in order to survive!
How do I personally consume my prebiotics?
I certainly get some of my prebiotic count from whole food sources. But I consume a prebiotic supplement as well. Many of the food sources that provide prebiotic fibers must be consumed raw (garlic, onion, asparagus, banana) and I find it difficult to consume those specific foods in high enough volume that it hits my daily recommended intake!