Fuel Your Gut with Prebiotics + BiomeBliss Giveaway
I’m helping you fuel your gut with prebiotics, plus offering a great giveaway on the blog today. Check out how to enter to win below!
Enter to win this contest below!
I’m really excited to be working with BiomeBliss, a prebiotic blend of berry polyphenols, beta-glucans from oats, and inulin from agave that feed your healthful gut bacteria, by providing fibers and antioxidant compounds that are linked with optimal health. The powder is free of added sugar, vegan, non-GMO, low in calories and super tasty. It provides a delicious blueberry flavor, and beautiful purple-blue shade to your favorite foods, such as smoothies, cereal, or spreads and can also be mixed with just water for a convenient drink.
Many people are seeking ways to give their immune system a boost. Feeding your microbiome may be the answer! Probiotics have been gaining popularity in recent years due to their ability to promote a healthy digestive system. But did you know that prebiotic fiber and polyphenols, nutrients that feed your gut microorganisms, have significant benefits, not only in digestion but also for our immune health?
What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are certain nutrients that are consumed by the good bacteria in your gut. These bacteria are essential for many processes in the body, especially those that involve digestion and our sense of hunger. Recent research has shown that prebiotic fibers are also beneficial to our immune system.
Do Prebiotics Really Impact the Immune System?
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that children who consumed prebiotic fiber in the form of chicory root experienced fewer fevers and sinus infections in the autumn and winter months than children who did not consume the fiber. Similar studies have also suggested that prebiotics impact the microbiome and in turn the immune system. Even breast milk is rich in prebiotic fiber, and breastfeeding has been strongly associated with improved immune health in adulthood. Based on this research, it appears that prebiotic fibers offer an advantage for helping fight off infection. Yet another reason to eat a more plant-based diet and include foods and beverages with prebiotic fibers, such as BiomeBliss.
How do Prebiotics Promote Immune Health?
According to recent studies, particular prebiotic fibers interact with the cells of our immune system, called B cells and T cells. When gut bacteria feed on prebiotics, they do so through the process of fermentation. This fermentation creates certain compounds such as short chain fatty acids, which have been shown to increase the number of immune cells produced in the body. More immune cells means more ability to fight off foreign invaders, and a better chance of avoiding illness. Prebiotics are also helpful in the alleviation of inflammatory diseases such as IBS, a condition that affects 10-15% of adults in the United States.
What Foods Contain Prebiotics?
If you are looking to add more prebiotics into your diet, there are many delicious plant-based sources! Garlic, onions, leeks, cabbage, chickpeas, lentils, beans, bananas, watermelon, bran, barley, oats, almonds, and flax are all rich in prebiotic fiber and can easily be incorporated into any meal. You can also turn to BiomeBliss as a delicious addition to cereals, yogurt, smoothies, energy bites, and beyond.
I’m really excited to be working with BiomeBliss this month to bring you this fabulous giveaway!
For this Plant-Powered Giveaway, I’m giving you the chance to win this fabulous prize:
- One container BiomeBliss Prebiotic Berry Polyphenol Powder
- Two winners will be chosen
So, get ready to enter for a chance to win! This giveaway is so easy to enter. Just complete the Rafflecopter entry below and follow the instructions. The contest starts today and ends on September 10, 2019. Good luck!
This is a sponsored blog post.
Written by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN with Ally Mirin, Dietetic Intern