It is generally accepted among dieticians and nutritionists that women should
consume 25g of fiber per day and men 38g. This fiber can be soluble (able to be
dissolved in a liquid) or insoluble, with the soluble component making up roughly 25% of
the total fiber intake (6.5g and 9.5g for women and men respectively). It is also generally
accepted that while most people consume too many carbohydrates, fat and protein in their diet,
at least 80% of adults in the developed world consume about 50% of the fiber they should be
getting in their diet. This translates into a soluble fiber gap of at least 3g for women
and 5g for men.
Why should we care?
There is a growing body of research supporting a strong correlation between the
intake of soluble fibers (otherwise known as prebiotics) and beneficial health effects.
These include digestive balance and regularity, a healthy immune system, weight
management, blood sugar management, healthy cholesterol levels and mineral absorption for
bone health. Other research has seen a correlation between low soluble fiber intake,
gastrointestinal inflammation, and an increased risk of developing a number of chronic
diseases, an even more interesting observation given that over 50% of adults in some parts
of the world currently suffer from one or more chronic diseases.
The wonderful microbiome
The microbiome (or more correctly the microbiota when talking about the microbes living
in our gut) is sometimes referred to as the newest human organ or second brain. It is the 100
trillion bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in our gut and on our skin, bacteria alone
outnumbering our own cells by at least 3 to 1 according to the latest research. While our
understanding of the microbiome is still very limited, there is a general consensus among
scientists that the microbiome plays a key role in maintaining our health. When the gut
microbiome is in a state of in-balance or dysbiosis, there is an increased presence of bad
or pathogenic bacteria and lack of good bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria.
What are probiotics & prebiotics?
Understanding the difference between prebiotics and probiotics can sometimes be
confusing. Probiotics are bacteria and can be found naturally in your gut
(as described above), as well as in food products such as yogurts or in supplements.
Prebiotics (or soluble fibers) are indigestible carbohydrates that are not food for us
but rather food for the good probiotic bacteria in our gut. They can be found naturally
in vegetables, fruits, grains and seeds. It is believed that when we do not eat enough
soluble fibers that we create a state of dysbiosis in our gut. Thus, one could suggest
the best way to correct this state is to first eat soluble fibers and then add a probiotic
to get an extra boost (if necessary).
It is not so simple
The best way to get soluble fibers into each of us and fill this fiber gap is to have a
strong plant based diet. However, for most of us, this is a challenge for several reasons.
Firstly, our eating habits and lifestyles prevent us from doing so. For example, to get the
equivalent of 5g of soluble fiber (the fiber gap for men), one would have to eat 7 green bananas,
15 slices of whole grain bread or drink 26 glasses of orange juice. Most of us simply do not move
enough every day to process these extra 550-1450 calories. Secondly, the current generation of
prebiotic or soluble fiber supplements are not optimal. Taking too much or the wrong fiber may
cause discomfort, while taking too little or the wrong fiber may have no effect at all. Lastly
and most importantly, each of us is different in terms of age, gender, diet, medicine use, and
lifestyle, therefore our gut microbiomes are all different. Moreover, our gut microbiomes are
constantly changing. So, what is the solution?
The logical solution
Carbiotix is the first company in the world to offer personalized dietary
advice and a soluble fiber supplement that fills the fiber gap of every individual
with the optimum amount of fiber based on each persons’ changing gut microbiota.
Carbiotix is the simplest, most affordable, and effective solution on the market to
fill your soluble fiber gap. With daily dietary advice or fiber sachets, monthly gut
microbiome tests and direct feedback in the form of your own Fiber Loving Bacteria
index, we make consuming soluble fiber both easy and informative. On top of this, we
take all the guesswork out finding the right fiber, determining how much to take, and
figuring out whether it has a positive effect on the growth of good probiotic bacteria
in your gut. As a result, making a commitment to feeling good has never been easier,
regardless if you belong to the 80% of adults not getting enough soluble fiber or if
you already have a strong plant based diet. Join today and discover the impact of filling
“your” fiber gap.
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