How to Enhance Digestion And Improve Gut Health

If you’ve ever suffered from digestive issues, you know how hard it can be to find a resolution. I’ve tried every probiotic in the book, increased my water intake, eliminated gluten, dairy, you name it. But what I’ve found to resolve my issues the best and be the healthiest for my body is inulin fiber! Digestive issues begin with our gut and in order to have a healthy gut, and regular digestion, you need the right multitude of prebiotics and probiotics. Essentially, bringing diversity to our gut microbiome, and I’ll tell you just how inulin fiber can be a tool to do so! 

 

What is Inulin Fiber? 

Inulin fiber is a special dietary fiber naturally found in plants. It is also known as a prebiotic fiber due to its ability to feed bacteria in the gut. One study found that, “The gut bacteria convert inulin and other prebiotics into short-chain fatty acids, which nourish colon cells and provide various other health benefits'' (1).  Other health benefits include relieving constipation, promoting weight loss, and controlling diabetes. 


What kind of foods contain inulin fiber?


Naturally, inulin is found in vegetables such as onion, garlic, artichoke, asparagus, and yams. It is also found in a variety of whole grains and in roots of many foods. Inulin is added to foods and drinks to help enhance the food's texture and add nutritional benefits. That is why you can find inulin in almost all of Malibu Mylk’s products!  


Why should your diet include more fiber? 


Let’s start with the facts, an average American gets only half the recommended amount of fiber each day. (2)  Dietary fiber slows down stomach emptying and suppresses appetite signals in the brain, which helps reduce calorie intake. Fiber also increases the weight and size of your stool and softens it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, which helps relieve constipation. It also helps control diabetes, a study found that 26 grams a day-lowered their odds of the disease by 18 percent, compared to those who consumed less than 19 grams daily! Your gut bacteria uses this fiber to feed off of and flourish! 


Overall, inulin fiber has many benefits, such as helping to improve weight, cholesterol, and gut health! The recommended fiber intake for Americans falls between 25-38 grams daily. Malibu Mylk has added special ready to drink coffee and matcha with 7 grams of fiber to help get your digestive system moving! And trust us, it really works.



Vandeputte, D., Falony, G., Vieira-Silva, S., Wang, J., Sailer, M., Theis, S., Verbeke, K., & Raes, J. (2017). Prebiotic inulin-type fructans induce specific changes in the human gut microbiota. Gut, 66(11), 1968–1974. https://doi.org/10.1136/gutjnl-2016-313271

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