The gut-brain connection

The gut-brain connection

Pay attention to the gut-brain connection – it may contribute to anxiety and digestion problems. It's a Good-Mood Food.

The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa.  The gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion. Anger, anxiety, sadness, joy — all of these feelings (and others) can trigger symptoms in the gut.

This is especially true in cases where a person experiences gastrointestinal upset with no obvious physical cause. For such functional GI disorders, it is difficult to try to heal a distressed gut without considering the role of stress and emotion.

How the Gut Microbiome is Linked to Depression and Anxiety

Gut microbiota, gut flora, or microbiome are the microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans and other animals. While some bacteria are associated with disease, others are particularly important for many aspects of health.

Together, they function as an extra organ in the human body and play a huge role in human health.

Dysbiosis and inflammation of the gut have been linked to causing several mental illnesses including anxiety and depression, which are prevalent in society today. Probiotics have the ability to restore normal microbial balance, and therefore have a potential role in the treatment and prevention of anxiety and depression. Prebiotics function as the food source for probiotics. 

  • Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain live microorganisms intended to maintain or improve the "good" bacteria (normal microflora) in the body. 
  •  Prebiotics are typically high-fiber foods, that act as food for the microflora. 

This is why the consumption of prebiotics is considered to be the essential missing link -  to ensure that those healthy strains of probiotics are able to survive and flourish.

In basic terms, the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract (AKA gut microbiota) never let any of your food go to waste. Those helpful microorganisms break down and digest food in order to enhance the immune system and help with inflammation.

  1. What is keeping those accommodating little bugs alive?
  2. How can we get that bacteria to work better for you?

The answer is prebiotics.

There Is a lot of interest in the microbiome and digestive health, and Extracta prebiotics fill that consumer need. Extracta manufactures prebiotic ingredients for use in functional food, beverages, and dietary supplements. 

Sugarcane Fibre is a natural, whole of plant “complex prebiotic dietary fibre made from sugarcane for gut health management and microbiome support containing bioactive phytonutrients & antioxidants. 

Sugarcane fiber, also known as bagasse fiber, is a type of dietary fiber derived from the stalks of the sugarcane plant (Saccharum officinarum). After sugarcane is processed to extract the juice, the remaining fibrous material from the stalks is called bagasse. This bagasse is then processed further to extract the fibers, which are used for various applications, including as a source of prebiotic rich dietary fiber in food products.

Sugarcane fiber is composed of both soluble and insoluble fiber components, such as cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin. These fibers are indigestible by the human body, meaning they are not broken down and absorbed during digestion. Instead, they pass through the digestive system relatively intact.


Sugarcane fiber offers several health benefits, including improved digestion, weight management, and better blood sugar control. It also supports gut health by promoting a diverse and healthy gut microbiome.

Including sugarcane fiber in your products contributes to part of a consumers balanced and fiber-rich meal plan can be beneficial and powerful for overall health and well-being.

Extracta Virgin Sugarcane Fibre helps support the maintenance of digestive health and is a natural, neutral taste prebiotic fibre that can be blended into drinks, yoghurts or cooked meals. 

    • Supports digestion and bowel performance
    • Weight Management
    • Dietary Bloating & Indigestion
    • Versatile - add to cooked meals or smoothies
    • Gluten-free and Vegan
    • Zero-Waste \ Upcycled 

Apple contains pectin, a soluble fiber found in the skin but also pips. Pectin is known to have prebiotic benefits. In fact, it increases the level of a short chain fatty acid, butyrate, which nourishes the good bacteria of our intestinal microbiota and therefore allows their growth

After we get through this protein craze, there will be a push to get more fiber

No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.

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