Fibre and prebiotics: the dynamic digestive duo
If you want to improve your digestion, look no further than fibre and prebiotics. When these two work together, they leave your system feeling balanced and running like a well-oiled machine.
What do fibre and prebiotics do?
One of the many roles fibre plays is to help speed up the elimination of waste in the body. Irregularity of the bowel cannot only make you feel sluggish, it can also cause a lot of discomfort.
Meanwhile, prebiotic fibres are food for the good bacteria in your gut. Their nourishment is just what your system needs to work properly and stay healthy.
Probiotics vs. prebiotics
The health of our digestive systems is influenced by the consumption of both probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that when ingested, help to establish a good level of beneficial bacteria in our gut. Unfortunately, our intake of certain foods greatly effects how long these beneficial bacteria stay around. That’s where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are the prime choice of food for our beneficial bacteria and not only keep them healthy, but also keep our systems in balance.
Get more of this power couple in your diet
How can you get more fibre and prebiotics in your daily diet?
- Eat whole fruits. When you juice a fruit, you lose some of the essential fibres in the flesh, so eat the entire fruit when you can.
- Eat lentils and beans. Both are high in fibre and contain prebiotics – and they can be easily added to most meals.
- Try some supplementary fibres. You can also find prebiotics in psyllium, pectin, guar gum and slippery elm.
- Eat Active Balance! Our fibre and prebiotics cereal, Active Balance, is a one-stop-shop for fibre and prebiotics that helps you start each day on the right foot.