Health Fusion: If Your Sleeping Schedule Is Staggered, Prebiotics Can Help | INFO

Here is some interesting information for people whose lifestyle disrupts their sleep schedules. Prebiotics can help you rebound faster. Prebiotics, not probiotics, are food for the good bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics are found in fibrous foods such as onions, leeks, and legumes.

The US Navy has pumped money into a study by the University of Colorado at Boulder on how to keep your circadian rhythm – it’s your internal clock – on schedule. Many people in the military have jobs that involve working irregular hours, experiencing jet lag, or spending a lot of time without natural light. Think what it would be like to spend a month in a submarine without seeing the sun or the moon. Your body clock could definitely go out of sync.

The researchers wanted to see if prebiotics could help. And, it seems, they do. At least in rats. Their previous studies showed that rats who ate foods infused with prebiotics slept better and cope with stress better. For the recent study, they found that rats that ate prebiotics had more good bacteria in their intestines, which produced substances that helped protect them from a state similar to jet lag.

Does this translate into humans? They’re running clinical trials to find out. And maybe if the study is positive, their preliminary research could lead to therapy that could help people stick to their internal body clocks.

Researchers say more studies are needed to address this problem, especially whether or not people should take prebiotic supplements. The study is published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

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