WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS?
A LITTLE PREBIOTIC BACKGROUND
The human body contains almost 100 trillion good guy bacteria called PREbiotics and PRObiotics. They help us digest food, prevent illnesses and allergies and can even affect our emotions. But in this crazy, hustle and bustle world we can often miss out on proper nutrition, sleep and exercise and it shows. Did you know an estimated 60 to 70 million of Americans are affected by digestive disease? And poor digestive health has been linked to several OTHER health concerns from obesity and asthma to depression and chronic fatigue. Right now, PRObiotics are all the rage, and for good reason, they help fight the good fight in keeping a healthy gut. But the truth is…they don’t fight gut crime alone. PRObiotics rely on PREbiotics for fuel and are simply ineffective without them. Learn a little bit more about the differences below.
PREBIOTICS Vs. PROBIOTICS
THE CLASSIC UN-SUNG HERO
PREbiotics serve as food for PRObiotics and are just as important to the digestive process.
DEAD BUT DEXTEROUS
Non-living, can be delivered easily into the digestive system.
THE “DUKES” OF DIGESTION
They have the power of super-strength. Can withstand heat, cold and stomach acid.
WHAT YOU EAT IS WHAT YOU GET
Getting the full benefits of prebiotics is easy and measurable.
Can be found hiding in the most inconspicuous places and uncommon foods like chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, leek.
GETTING ALL THE CREDIT
Already well-known for their role in digestion and ability to repopulate and maintain the “good” bacteria in your body.
ALIVE AND ABLE
Living microorganisms exist in live bacteria or yeast.
THE “DIVAS OF DIGESTION”
Sensitive to extreme temperatures and die easily.
IT’S A BIT OF A GUESSING GAME
You don’t always get the full benefit. Some or all can die before they reach the digestive tract.
Found in many foods we eat on a regular basis such as yogurt, dark chocolate, and sourdough bread.
WHY DO PREBIOTICS MATTER?
Acting as the fuel for PRObiotics, PREbiotics play a can’t-live-without-em role in our overall digestion. But PREbiotics do more than just feed PRObiotics. They also strengthen our immune system, rev up absorption of calcium and magnesium (making our bones stronger), and lower our risk of weight gain. PREbiotics help create a healthy digestive system which is the key to better overall health and just plain feeling good.
Probiotics are naturally found in many foods we already eat like yogurt. But PREbiotics are a little more rare–how often do you eat chicory root? Yeah, we know, NOT OFTEN. But we found a hidden gem…. say hello to Yacon Root (pronounced Yah-Kon). Hailing from the majestic Andes mountains, this secret root famously used by the Incas is a superfood loaded with tons of PREbiotics. It also has a whole other list of other amazing benefits.