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Do you really need to buy prebiotic pills or powders?

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Nope. I think its best to get as much of your nutrition as possible from real food sources. Where did our ancestors get prebiotics? From the fruits and vegetables that they dug up, picked, or farmed.

Prebiotics are generally plant fibers that resist digestion from human chemistries generated in the upper digestive tract that end up feeding the gut bacteria in the lower digestive tract. Every plant has varying amounts indigestible fiber, so every fruit or vegetable has some prebiotics in them. However, certain indigestible fibers will tend to promote the growth of certain kinds of beneficial bacteria and stimulate the production of certain beneficial chemistries in comparison to others.

For example, one of the most important beneficial chemical that our gut microbiome can produce is butyric acid or butyrate. Its the chemical that gives butter its buttery smell, hence the name butter. One of the main things that butyric acid does it is the primary fuel source for the cells lining our bellies.

So if you want to stimulate butyrate production, you need to make sure that you eat the right prebiotic fibers. I'll elaborate more on this in my next post...

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