If being healthy is important to you, like it is to us, you’ve probably heard of PRObiotics and all the amazing benefits they have for your overall health. But did you know PREbiotics are just as important? In fact, PRObiotics wouldn’t even be able to do their job without PREbiotics. These little non-digestible fiber compounds are known as oligosaccharides and ferment in the body. This results in a whole bunch of different good-for-you effects including better immune system, lower risk of disease and assistance in weight loss. Let’s take a look at the top 10 benefits you can enjoy simply by adding PREbiotics in your daily diet.
PREbiotics Foods List
- Burdock root
- Chicory root
- Chinese chives
- Dandelion greens
- Jerusalem artichokes
- Maple sugar
- Yacon Root
- They Keep Your Gut Happy and Healthy – In partnership with probiotics, prebiotics maintain a healthy gastrointestinal system by increasing the presence and diversity of good bacteria. The good bacteria are able to use the prebiotic fibers to survive and produce short-chain fatty acids. Some of these fatty acids can then be used to improve the lining of the gut. Prebiotics also help improve overall digestion and reduce the risk of leaky gut syndrome, Candida virus, IBS and other intestinal issues.
- They Reduce the Risk of Cancer – A healthy consumption of prebiotics has been shown to decrease the number of free radicals and cancer cells in the body. Specifically, colon cancer is associated with increased toxins in our bodies that are not removed quickly enough. Many studies have shown a decrease in tumors and cancer cells in those who eat a diet packed with prebiotics.
- They Keep Your Blood Pressure in Good Shape – Eating prebiotics helps balance the body’s mineral and electrolyte levels, which are responsible for controlling blood pressure.
- They Help Your Body Properly Absorb Nutrients – Remember how we said probiotics wouldn’t exist without prebiotics? Prebiotics help probiotics recolonize in the gut. When your body is able to properly absorb nutrients, it turns off its autoimmune responses helps you convert food into energy more readily.
- They Help Maintain Healthy Hormone Levels - A happy gut is a happy YOU! Plenty of recent studies have found links to our gut health and our mood regulation. Some are even calling our gut our second brain (which definitely feels true when you skip lunch!) Prebiotics and probiotics help your body absorb essential nutrients that help build hormone chemicals. In fact some research links mood disorders like anxiety and depression to imbalanced gut health.
- They Help Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – People who eat a diet rich in prebiotics have lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Getting your daily recommended dose of prebiotics (about 4-6 grams) helps to reduce glycation, a known cause for increased free radicals in the body. Prebiotics also have what is known as a hypo-cholesterolemic effect which helps the body fight off cardiovascular disease.
- They Increase Immune Function and Lower Inflammation in the Body – Prebiotics and probiotics help with healthy bowel movements, which helps reduce allergies and infections while boosting overall immunity. They also help our bodies absorb essential nutrients, which gives the body energy to keep immune function running smoothly and keep inflammation at bay. Inflammation is linked to laundry list of diseases that can occur in the body, but prebiotics keep levels of good bacteria up, which keeps inflammation down.
- They Protect Your Bones – Since prebiotics help the body absorb nutrients better in the body, including mineral needed for bone health like magnesium and calcium.
- They Help You Maintain a Healthy Weight - Eating tons of fibrous foods (aka prebiotics and probiotics) can help you stay fuller longer and stay on track with your weight loss goals. Prebiotics are also directly linked to prevention of obesity and balanced energy levels.
- They Help You Manage Stress – Research has recently shown that gut health impacts the body’s ability to create and release stress hormones. Consuming prebiotics can make positive cortisol changes in the event of stress.
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