It seems that the probiotic craze is here to stay. From yogurts and kombucha, to supplements and shakes, probiotic products are everywhere. But there is another key component to gut health, and overall microbiome wellness, that is often overlooked.
Prebiotics, a type of indigestible fiber, serve as nourishment to probiotics. By feeding and supporting probiotics in the gut, prebiotic fiber helps promote the growth of good, friendly bacteria in the gut. The benefits of a thriving gut environment extend far beyond digestion, however. Emerging research shows that a healthy and diverse gut microbiome can have a positive impact on immune function, which is something that is at the forefront of public consciousness right now.1 With an estimated 70% of the immune system residing in the gut, probiotics and prebiotics are vital to keeping the digestive system moving and the immune system functioning.2
How can you get more prebiotic fiber into your diet? Prebiotic fiber is found naturally in thousands of fruits and vegetables. Bananas, leeks, onions, asparagus, beans, artichokes, and even whole grains contain prebiotic fiber to help nourish the growth of good bacteria in the gut. However, it can be difficult to get the recommended amount of daily fiber from food alone. In fact, most Americans only get about half of the recommended 25-38 grams each day.
When you can’t get all the daily fiber you need through diet, supplements like #1 Gastroenterologist Recommended‡ Fiber Choice® can help Close the Fiber Gap™. Available in a variety of forms and flavors, Fiber Choice is a tasty and convenient way to incorporate more fiber into your daily routine and support your gut health. Learn more about the full line of Fiber Choice products and find them near you.
1 Ma Q et al. “Impact of microbiota on central nervous system and neurological diseases: the gut-brain axis.” Journal of Neuroinflammation. Published online March 1, 2019. Accessed at: https://jneuroinflammation.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12974-019-1434-3.
2 Bulger M. “Gut sense: Immune health starts with the gut.” Nutritional Outlook. Published online April 28, 2020. Accessed June 22, 2020. https://www.nutritionaloutlook.com/digestive-health/gut-sense-immune-health-starts-gut.