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Fiber, Gut Health, and the Microbiome

We all know the importance of digestive health and its effects on your overall wellbeing. You also probably know that gut health is vital to other specific areas of personal wellness. However, you may not be familiar with the term “microbiome.” A microbiome, in short, is you! It’s all the combined genetic material of your microorganisms that makes up the inner workings of your biology. Balance within the microbiome is responsible for a healthy immune system, weight, even mood. But when your microbiome is compromised by any of several factors—poor diet, chronic stress, injury or infection—other systems can go haywire.

Luckily, you can take an active role in the health of your microbiome. A few habit changes can help stabilize, improve or maintain your gut health, and thus contribute to the health of your microbiome.

The benefits of a healthy diet are well-known and have been discussed online ad nauseam. Amidst much misinformation and conflicting reports about what constitutes a “healthy” diet, some basic, intuitive guidelines can help you get digestive upset in check or maintain digestive balance. Avoiding processed foods that are high in sugar is one way to get back to basics and provide your body with the nutrients it needs. Instead of reaching for refined carbohydrates, include more fermented and high-fiber foods in your diet that are rich in good carbs and prebiotic fiber.

Prebiotic fiber helps promote a healthy microbiome by feeding the good, “friendly” bacteria that live in your digestive tract. But how exactly does bacteria growth improve digestive health? By encouraging the growth of the right kind of bacteria in your gut, you’re changing the way your body metabolizes food. Good bacteria help your body process food efficiently, which may help support regularity and aid in weight management.1 In short, fiber, specifically prebiotic fiber, promotes an efficient, healthy digestive environment that benefits your entire system—your microbiome!

Leafy greens, certain berries, asparagus, bananas, leeks, and whole grains contain prebiotic fiber. Getting as much of these foods as possible will help balance your digestive system. However, you would need to eat a lot of grains, bananas, etc. to get all the prebiotic fiber you need. So, when you can’t get all the daily prebiotic fiber you need from food alone, Fiber Choice® is a delicious and convenient way to close the Fiber Gap and take a step toward improving your microbiome, two tasty tablets or two gummies at a time!

1 Yvette TC. Fiber Supplements: Health Benefits & Side Effects. Pharmacy Times website. July 11, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2018.

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