Are Prebiotics the Stress Reliever You Never Heard Of? – Reader’s Digest

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We all know how important a restful night of sleep is to our health but stress can often interrupt our sleep, leaving us feeling cranky and exhausted the next day. Research now tells us that one way to improve our sleep patterns is to eat a diet rich in prebiotic nutrients.

Key Takeaways:

  • There are traditional methods for coping with stress, from relaxing in the tub to keeping a bullet journal, but according to the newest study, an effective way to bounce back from stress is to get your fill of foods rich in prebiotics.
  • Researchers from the University of Colorado discovered that regular amounts of prebiotics in your diet can help promote a better balance of gut bacteria and help the body recover following a stressful event.
  • No adverse effects have been reported from the use of prebiotics, and with the non-digestible fiber found widely in many plants, breast milk and as commercial supplements, Dr. Mika encourages us to get our fill.

“Researchers found that the rats that ate prebiotic foods prior to the stressful event didn’t demonstrate any stress-induced disruption in their gut and were able to resume healthier sleep patterns more quickly than the rats on the non-prebiotic diet.”