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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

References

  1. University of Colorado at Boulder - "Dietary prebiotics improve sleep, buffer impacts of stress, says study". Published by ScienceDaily on February 25, 2017.
    link to articlehttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170225102123.htm
  2. American Gastroenterological Association - "Prebiotics reduce body fat in overweight children". Published by ScienceDaily on June 7, 2017.
    link to articlehttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170607123949.htm
  3. University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences - "Prebiotics in infant formula could improve learning and memory and alter brain chemistry". Published by ScienceDaily on January 17, 2018.
    link to articlehttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180117114916.htm
  4. Wiley - "Prebiotics: Do supplements in baby formula help prevent allergies?". Published by ScienceDaily on March 28, 2013.
    link to articlehttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130328075716.htm
  5. Zawn Villines - "What is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?". Published by Medical News Today on October 29, 2019.
    link to articlehttps://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323490.php
  6. Zawn Villines - "What is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?". Published by Medical News Today on October 29, 2019.
    link to articlehttps://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323490.php

16 thoughts on “5 Things You Need to Know About Prebiotics and How They Can Help You

    1. Hi Lou,

      We advise that you add a small amount of water to the powder (10g) and mix into a smooth, lump free paste. Top up with more water and stir to your desired consistency 🙂

      Best,
      Anna

      1. Thank you . Does the prebiotic have to be drunk before the kefir each morning ? And does there have to be a time delay between each drink ?

        1. The prebiotic can be taken before or after the kefir – it can even be mixed into a smoothie with the kefir!

          You don’t need to wait between each drink 🙂

          I hope this helps.
          Best wishes,
          Lowri

  1. Hi Shan

    Can the microbiome test be used by other countries? I’m in Canada. Also can I purchase the prebiotic?

    Thanks

    Lynn

    1. Hi Lynn,

      The website will only allow the test kits to be ordered to UK addresses, so to order to an address outside of the UK, you would need to call us – 01239 654072 🙂

      There will be a delivery fee for this which is £14.99 outside of Europe. This also means that the ‘free returns label’ we normally supply to UK customers won’t be valid, so you will need to arrange for your test kit to be sent to the lab, and cover the costs for that yourself.

      The box is pre-labelled but unfortunately, this label only works within the UK. Once you’ve placed the order, we can let you know details of where you’d need to send your sample.

      You should be able to purchase the Complete Prebiotic via the website but if you have any issues, let us know!

      Hope this helps but please let us know if we can be of any more help 🙂

      Best,
      Anna

  2. Hi Shann,

    I also bought a packet which was delivered a few days ago and I am taking it each morning with Kefir. To be honest, I take a deep breath when drinking the Kefir as it is definitely an acquired taste; the prebiotic is really difficult though and it has a very challenging flavour which is off putting. Are there any plans to work on flavour with this product? I’ll continue for now, but it is likely to put me off repeat purchases if it remains so unpalatable. Sorry! Otherwise, Kefir has really helped my IBS…

    Angie

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      Glad the kefir is helping your IBS!

      A lot of people do find the natural liquorice taste quite sweet in the Complete Prebiotic.

      We don’t have any plans to change the formulation at the moment I’m afraid!

      If we can be of any more help, please let us know 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Anna

  3. Hi Shann

    I found 10g quite a lot to dilute with water to a consistency that I could cope with . Can I put half a teaspoon in a fruit shake and build it up from there ? Wonderful product though, I had been looking for a good prebiotic!

    1. Hi,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      For optimum results, it’s best to take the full recommended 10g per day – This will give your gut bugs the exact complex mix of fibres they require for thriving good health.

      However, some is better than none, so if you wanted to take half the dosage a day in a smoothie, that’s fine 🙂

      Hope this helps!

      Best wishes,
      Anna

  4. I’ve recently started using your new prebiotic powder (and continuing with your kefir) following a course of antibiotics. Hoping the prebiotics and kefir together will help get me back on track. It’s quite difficult to mix – there always seem to be a few stubborn lumps at the bottom of the glass, even though I make a paste as instructed. The taste is also a bit of a challenge but hey no pain no gain! A scoop would be really handy, measuring 10g. My scales are not necessarily accurate and 10g is a tough call for most peoples scales.

    1. Hi Heather,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      I’ll pass on the feedback with regards to including a scoop but in the meantime, 10g is around 2 teaspoons 🙂

      Best wishes,
      Anna

  5. Hi Shann,
    I have recently started taking my first pack of prebiotics.
    Are they meant to be taken continuously along with Kefir, or is buying a packet a few times a year enough.. Thank you 💕

    1. Hi,

      Taking prebiotics and probiotics at the same time packs the best punch! In an ideal world, we’d be having both daily, ongoing!

      Intermittent/top-ups throughout the year is still beneficial but for optimum results, we advise taking both every day.

      Best wishes,
      Elly.

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