6 signs you need prebiotics

6 signs you need prebiotics in your diet

How do you know if you need prebiotics?

Knowing the signs you should be taking prebiotics to support your gut health is important. Once you have identified these signs, you'll know it's time to boost your prebiotic intake!

In this blog we will discuss:

  • What is prebiotic fibre?

  • How do you know if you need probiotics or prebiotics?

  • 6 signs you may need to include prebiotics in your diet

  • How do you know if prebiotics are working?

  • An easy way to boost your prebiotic intake

 What is prebiotic fibre?

Prebiotics are types of dietary fibre that help feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut, promoting a healthy digestive system.

It's important to understand that all prebiotics are fibre - but not all fibre is prebiotic!

Some examples of foods that are higher prebiotic fibre are bananas, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic and asparagus.

However, the best source of prebiotic fibre is chicory root fibre, otherwise known as inulin.

Check out our blog 'What is prebiotic fibre?' for more detailed information.

How do you know if you need probiotics or prebiotics?

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The decision to take prebiotics or probiotics should be based on your individual needs and health concerns. Here are some general guidelines:

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial for the gut microbiome. If you have an imbalance in your gut microbiome, such as after taking antibiotics, you may benefit from taking probiotics.

Probiotics may also help with digestive issues, such as bloating, gas, and constipation, as well as immune system function.

Prebiotics, on the other hand, are a type of fibre that feed the good bacteria in your gut, as mentioned above.

Many scientists and gut health experts agree that prebiotics are indeed the cornerstone to gut health - and overall health.

Good to know:

It is important to note that probiotics need the special and essential food to survive, thrive, grow and create a happier healthier gut microbiome - which comes from prebiotics.  

probiotics vs prebiotics

If you take probiotics without prebiotics, you won't be achieving the maximum benefits.  Consider the probiotics as a plant, but if you never feed your plant (gut!) with the fertiliser (prebiotics) it needs to help it flourish and grow, then it will never be as happy and healthy as it could be.

Find out more by reading 'Prebiotics vs Probiotics: What's the Difference?'

6 signs you may need to include prebiotics in your diet

Prebiotics go far beyond just promoting a healthier digestive system. 

With over 4,000 published research papers showing the links to prebiotics (and in particular inulin (chicory root fibre)) with a wide range of health benefits.

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Here is a list of 6 signs that you may need prebiotics:

  1. Irregular bowel movements: If you are experiencing irregular bowel movements or constipation, it may be a sign that you need more prebiotics in your diet. Prebiotics help to promote regularity and improve digestion.

  2. Frequent illness: If you find that you are getting sick more often than usual, it may be due to a weakened immune system. Prebiotics help to boost the immune system by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Check out our blog 'Prebiotics & Immune System Function' for more info.

  3. Digestive issues: If you experience bloating, gas, or other digestive issues, it may be due to an imbalance in your gut bacteria. Prebiotics can help to rebalance your gut bacteria and improve digestion.

  4. Skin problems: Your skin health can be affected by the health of your gut. If you are experiencing skin problems such as acne or eczema, it may be a sign that you need more prebiotics in your diet.

  5. Low energy: If you find that you are low on energy throughout the day, it may be due to an unhealthy gut. Prebiotics can help to improve your gut health, leading to increased energy levels.

  6. Mood:  Did you know that 90% of serotonin, the 'happy hormone' is produced in your gut? Anxiety, depression and gut health are all inter-related and the gut-brain axis is well-established scientifically. Read more about prebiotics and mood here.

In addition to these 6 signs you may need prebiotics in your diet, did you know that there is a direct link to prebiotics and weight management?  You can find out more here.

How do you know if prebiotics are working?

If you have recently started taking prebiotics or increased your intake of prebiotic-rich foods, you may be wondering how to tell if they are working.

Here are some signs to look out for:

  1. Improved Digestion: One of the most noticeable signs that prebiotics are working is improved digestion. If you are experiencing less bloating, gas, constipation, or other digestive issues, it may be a sign that the prebiotics are promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and improving your gut health.

  2. Increased Energy: Prebiotics can help to improve nutrient absorption and promote the production of short-chain fatty acids, which can lead to increased energy levels.

  3. Better Mood: Research has shown that gut health is linked to mental health, and prebiotics may have a positive impact on mood. If you are feeling less anxious or depressed, or have an overall improved sense of well-being, it may be a sign that prebiotics are working.

  4. Stronger Immune System: Prebiotics can help to boost the immune system by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. If you find that you are getting sick less often or recovering from illnesses more quickly, it may be a sign that prebiotics are working.

An easy way to boost your prebiotic intake

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Summary

If you're struggling with digestive health issues, low mood, such as anxiety or depression, feeling blah and lacking energy, skin issues, and always falling ill - chances are prebiotics could make a positive difference for you.

 fibrewater provides an easy, refreshingly delicious way to boost your prebiotic and dietary fibre intake.

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