Prebiotic Fibre: What It Is & benefits it can have.
Prebiotic fibre is one of the three types of dietary fibre. It consists of prebiotics, which are non-digestible food ingredients that act as food for a host of beneficial bacteria living in our large intestine. Prebiotic fibre targets a specific type of bacteria called bifidobacteria. Here's why we need it…
1. Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
2. Aids in optimal digestion and nutrient absorption.
3. Promotes regular bowel movements and helps relieve constipation and diarrhoea.
4. Reduces the risk of colon cancer and other intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).
5. Enhances immune system health by strengthening resistance to infection, reducing inflammation and lowering cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Prebiotic Fibre acts as an important building block for the bacteria that live in our gut. Without it, these good bacteria will not be able to live or grow and they become undernourished, affecting their ability to do the 'good' things that they do.
Some people refer to this as 'feeding' our gut bacteria and I personally like this analogy. So if we don't feed them, are we starving them? Once again, we have moved away from the food pyramid and have started to move along a new Healthy Pyramid that has a base of Organic Fresh Fruit and Vegetables as the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle – including a healthy digestive system. Prebiotic Fibre helps build up our gut flora which is essential for good health.
Most importantly, prebiotic fibre aids the growth of probiotic microorganisms and stimulates the growth of intestinal cells. This means that combining healthy bacteria with prebiotic fibre can not only help you lose weight but improve your overall health as well.