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5 Things You Need to Know About Prebiotics and How They Can Help You

Feeling confident about your knowledge of probiotics and their benefits? Great!

Now, how about PREbiotics? What are prebiotics, and what can they do for you?

1. WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS?

Basically, prebiotics are food for probiotics. Kefir puts the probiotics, or beneficial gut bugs, into your gut microbiome. But then like any living organism, those live gut bugs need to be fed in order to survive, thrive and do their job properly. Enter prebiotics! Prebiotics are indigestible food ingredients – basically insoluble plant fibres – that provide no nutrition to people. Their purpose is to nourish the friendly bacteria among the estimated 100 trillion microbes living inside the human GI tract.

2. WHAT DO PREBIOTICS DO?

Your gut bugs eat certain types of non-digestible fibers, which they cut up and ferment. Happy gut bugs produce beneficial short chain fatty acids from this fermenting process. You really need these fatty acids, in order to reduce inflammation inside your gut.

But if you fail to feed your gut bugs the fibre they require, they won’t do their work properly. No short chain fatty acids, no inflammation reduction. Result: gut inflammation! This inflammation inside the gut can lead to autoimmune issues including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, colitis, Crohns, eczema, anxiety, depression, IBS and allergies – just to name just a few. So, you need to provide your precious gut bugs with premium care, and feed them the exact fibres they need to stay healthy – and keep you healthy, in turn.

3. WHICH PREBIOTIC FIBRES DO YOU NEED?

There are 21 important prebiotic fibres that can benefit your microbiome. If you take a Microbiome Test, it will tell you exactly which foods you need to add into your diet, in order to boost the specific bacteria populations that you are missing. These foods contain prebiotic fibres with exotic names like Arabinoxylan, Beta-glucan, Galactan and Xyloglucan. These fibres are generally found in certain plant sources, including maitake mushrooms, quinoa, beetroot, arrowroot, oatmeal, etc.

4. WHAT’S THE EASIEST WAY TO GET PREBIOTICS INTO YOUR DIET?

It can be complicated and difficult, sourcing all these exotic foods, cooking them and getting them into your diet! So working in collaboration with the scientists at Atlas, we have created a quick and easy work-around for you – our Complete Prebiotic Powder. We have taken the entire list of 21 prebiotic fibres, and found a natural source for every fibre possible – and combined them all into the Complete Prebiotic. Just mix 10g of this powder with some water daily, and you will be giving your gut bugs everything they need.

5. HOW CAN PREBIOTICS HELP YOU?

Beside lowering the level of inflammation inside the gut and supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria, prebiotics have been found to do the following things:

  • Improve sleep and buffering the physiological impacts of stress1
  • Reduce fat in overweight children2
  • Improve learning and memory and alter brain chemistry3
  • Help prevent eczema4
  • Improving calcium absorption5
  • Changing how quickly the body can process carbohydrates6

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