The Fiber Loving Bacteria (FLB) index helps you find your own optimal level of fiber loving bacteria by showing the impact of increased soluble fiber (prebiotic) and even probiotic consumption on key biomarkers for gut health. The purpose of the FLB is not to provide a detailed snapshot of your gut microbiome, but rather monitor the level of good probiotic bacteria over time, since a snapshot provides little insights regarding gut health stability over a longer period of time or can address sampling errors and outliers common with at-home gut health tests.
Everyone has a unique number of fiber loving bacteria normally ranging from 10% up to 50% of their gut bacteria flora. A low number of fiber loving bacteria below a certain threshold can be indicative of gut health problems. A stable FLB index over time is considered better than an unstable one.
Finding your own optimal level of fiber loving bacteria by primarily filling your fiber gap and keeping this level stable over time to have a more resistant and resilient gut flora.
There is a growing body of research supporting a strong correlation between gut health and beneficial human health effects. These include digestive balance, improved athleticism, weight control, a healthy immune system, blood sugar management, healthy cholesterol levels, better mineral absorption, and a reduced risk of developing a list of different chronic diseases.
Since the latest research suggests that your gut health impacts and is impacted by diet and lifestyle choices, please remember to follow the simple 3 up 3 down rule. Up - eat more nutritious foods in smaller quantities, exercise 3-5 hours a week (cardiovascular and strength training) and get enough sleep to meet your needs. Down – reduce your consumption of alcohol, limit smoking, and avoid stress. If you follow this simple rule, you will most likely see an improvement to your FLB index and gut health.