The pain of prebiotics?

Here’s a question I hear on occasion: “I started the prebiotic fibers but I experienced a lot of bloating and abdominal discomfort and had to stop. Maybe they’re not for me.” As the Wheat Belly conversation is taken further into the mainstream population via the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, I am hearing this more and more. Giving up too soon because of encountering a problem without understanding why is a sure way to booby-trap your return to health. Should you encounter problems such as bloating or discomfort with your prebiotic regimen, it is due to dysbiosis, disrupted bowel flora from prior eating habits and other factors. In other words, your previous diet of wheat, grains, and sugars, along with chlorinated/fluoridated drinking water, prescription antibiotics, herbicides and pesticides in food, etc. changed the composition of bowel flora, perhaps even allowing unhealthy species to ascend up the small intestine, occasionally as high as the duodenum and stomach (“small intestinal bacterial overgrowth,” or SIBO). Undesirable species such as E. coli, Enterobacter, and various Clostridia species proliferate and muscle out desirable species such as Lactobacillus. This can happen with green bananas, raw white potatoes, inulin, FOS, galactooligosacchrides, or any other form of prebiotic fiber. Dysbiosis at the start of your program is common. Even by lax criteria, 35% of people without abdominal symptoms can start with dysbiosis. Compared ...
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