What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are fibers, mostly plant-based, that nourish good probiotic bacteria in your gut. Other plant-based dietary fibers can be non-selective and impact growth of a wide variety of bacteria in the gut.
The gut world is competitive, home to about a trillion microorganisms—both good and bad—that impact our overall health. Feeding the good probiotic bacteria with prebiotics can help tip the balance in their favor.
In other words, prebiotics make probiotics happy, and happy probiotics make for a happy, healthy gut...which leads to a happy, healthy you!
Benefits of Prebiotics
Prebiotics nourish certain probiotic bacteria. This may help support gut health and promote overall health by:
- Increasing and energizing beneficial bacteria
- Normalizing the gut by restoring the balance between good and bad bacteria
- Positively impacting the gut environment with bacteria-derived compounds like short-chain fatty acids and vitamins
Natural food sources like green bananas and onions also contain prebiotics, but usually in small amounts. You’d have to eat at least 15 green bananas to get an effective dose of prebiotic!
Or…you could have one can of Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha: Zesty, fun, and functional, with only 10 grams of sugar in each 12 oz. can. Go ahead and #TasteTheGoodness…your gut will thank you!
Prebiotic Kombucha—Your Gut’s Best Friend
We wanted to make a kombucha that had a little something extra, a gift of goodness for your good, live gut bacteria. So, we made the first and only Prebiotic Kombucha using prebiotics from an organic plant fiber called xylo-oligosaccharides. “Xylo” selectively nourishes good bacteria (more specifically Bifidobacterium species). Other prebiotics and dietary fibers break down in kombucha, may have side effects, require consumption in large doses, and can promote the growth of unwanted bacteria.
Prebiotics vs Probiotics
Prebiotics and probiotics are the buzzwords in gut health and they’re on shelves everywhere. But how are they different? Which is better to focus on for gut health? What roles do they play in helping us live our best lives?
- Do not naturally occur in the gut
- Are not live bacteria
- Are plant-based fibers that promote growth of probiotics
- Remain stable for long periods of time
- Are not as sensitive to outside environment
- Are necessary for Probiotics to survive and thrive
- Are used by probiotics to make short-chain fatty acids, which defend our bodies against harmful microorganisms
- Can naturally occur in the gut
- Are live bacteria and are most effective when alive
- Are good bacteria nourished by prebiotics
- Are sensitive to heat, moisture, and acid
- Do not always survive shelf life
- Need nourishment to survive and compete with 500-1000 different types of bacteria in the gut
- Use prebiotics to produce short-chain fatty acids to help defend our bodies against harmful microorganisms
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Bright and Vivacious Flavors
Healthy eating shouldn’t be boring. We came up with three fruity, bold, and exciting flavors to keep your taste buds as happy as your gut.
Apple Mint: Crisp, green apple taste with an herbal mint finish
Ginger Peach: Zesty ginger with a punch of fruity peach
Tropical Mango: Tangy and exotic mango with the goodness of green tea
Vegan, guaranteed non-alcoholic*, non-GMO, and gluten free, Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha contains lactic and acetic acids, as well as polyphenols. Say hello to your gut's new best friend.