What is metabolic health?
Different from but related to cardiovascular health, metabolic health broadly refers to how well the body generates and processes energy. Metabolic health is considered “good” when a person’s blood sugar, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides are all within a healthy range without using medications.
What are postbiotics?
Postbiotics are inanimate organisms or components that are produced by probiotics during fermentation. Like their more well-known counterparts, prebiotics and probiotics, postbiotics are essential to maintaining gut health. The postbiotic in our Metabolic Boost Pre + Pro + Postbiotic Capsules—Bifidobacterium lactis or BPL1™**—supports metabolic health and decreased waist circumference.*
What is healthy gut bacteria?
Healthy gut bacteria refers to the diverse beneficial microorganisms that live in your gastrointestinal tract. These bacteria play an essential role in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing because they’re involved in digestion (and how your body absorbs nutrients from food) and immune system function. Generally speaking, a healthy gut microbiome will have a balance of different types of bacteria, whereas a lack of diversity in gut bacteria has been linked to certain health problems.
How do I get healthy gut bacteria?
The gut microbiome is complex and affected by your diet, lifestyle and environment. One way to help support the growth of beneficial bacteria—and keep your microbiome in balance—is to eat a well-rounded diet that includes fiber and fermented foods. Incorporating both prebiotics and probiotics into your routine, through diet or supplements, is another way to help nourish different types of bacteria and keep gut health in check. Taking steps to manage stress and prioritize good sleep habits can be beneficial to your digestive—and overall—health.
What is the difference between prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics?
Though prebiotics and probiotics are more commonly known, postbiotics are another essential piece of the digestive health puzzle. That's why we created our prebiotic, probiotic and postbiotic capsules for well-rounded, 3-in-1 support for gut health. Here’s a quick breakdown:
- Prebiotics: Unlike probiotics, prebiotics are not living organisms. They are nondigestible food ingredients (usually found in complex carbohydrates) that feed the probiotics and other beneficial bacteria in your gut, so they can thrive. Common sources of prebiotics include chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, onions, apples, bananas and carrots.
- Probiotics: Probiotics are living microorganisms, like bacteria and yeast, that colonize the gut and help benefit digestion and immune health. Probiotics are found in fermented foods (e.g. yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha) as well as supplements.
- Postbiotics: Postbiotics are beneficial substances, including enzymes and short-chain fatty acids, that are produced by probiotics during fermentation.