Truth About Prebiotics – Dos & Don’ts, Warnings & Scams

Healthy gut bacteria improves your overall health - from giving you healthy skin to reducing pain and inflammation. In addition to probiotics, you also need to take in prebiotics. This is the dietary fiber that feeds the...

Today I’m going to quickly discuss what prebiotics are. This is one that most people haven’t heard of.

More people are familiar with probiotics, which I recently made an article about. And I’ll give you the direct link to that article at the end of this one.

One thing to note is that you should be taking both probiotics and prebiotics.

What Are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. They are types of carbohydrates that humans can’t digest.

Basically, prebiotics is food that helps grow and strengthen the good, friendly bacteria in your gut.

By ingesting both probiotics and prebiotics, you’ll improve your gut flora, which improves all of your health.

As stated in my previous article, healthy gut bacteria affects

  • Your skin – Pimples, hair loss, wrinkles, and discoloration
  • Gaining muscle and losing fat
  • Having more energy
  • Improving your mood and being happier
  • Boosting your immune system
  • Having better hormones
  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Healthier colon and regularity
  • Living longer and avoiding many illnesses, diseases, and cancers

Yup, your gut bacteria affects all of these factors. It’s like an organ.

Unfortunately, any time you take antibiotics, you basically kill off almost all of the friendly, healthy bacteria for months.

Best Foods For Prebiotics

Just like probiotics, there are foods that naturally contain prebiotics.

Foods that are high in prebiotic fiber include:

  • Chicory root
  • Dandelion greens
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Apples
  • Jerusalem artichokes (not the same as regular artichokes)
  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onions

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Best Supplement For Prebiotics

Of course, if you don’t want to eat these foods, no problem. You can always take a prebiotic supplement.

The simplest and least expensive one is Inulin powder. Get the organic one.

Start off with just ½ teaspoon at night … then increase it to twice daily. Slowly and gradually you can increase it to 1 teaspoon, 2-3x daily.

It takes a little time to get your digestive system used to it, so start low and build up slowly.

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So make sure you take BOTH your probiotics and prebiotics.

I’ve got additional links about this topic. Including probiotics, and the difference between pre and probiotics.