Prebiotics vs Probiotics

THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY MICROBIOME 
 
As I mentioned in one of my previous blog “Food and Mood” , there is a huge relevance in the health of our intestinal tract, specifically in the health of the bacteria inside our gut (the microbiome). 
 
There are tens of trillions of microorganisms that live in your gut. YES! believe it or not, there are more of them that there are human cells in your body and they do a lot for our well-being. 
 
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
 
Your microbiome has many important functions such as creating vitamins (K and B), they help turn fiber into short-chain fats and many other metabolic functions. 
 
They also strengthen your gut-wall which protects you from unwanted substances getting into your body and consequently supporting your immune system. 
 
An imbalanced microbiome, also called dysbiosis, can lead or be linked to some serious diseases like obesity, diabetes, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and the list goes on. 
 
Nowadays, seems like everywhere you turn there is publicity about probiotics and prebiotics. 
 
But what exactly do they do? How do they help our health? What is the difference between the two? 
 
PREBIOTICS
 
In plane words, prebiotics are food for your gut bacteria. 
 
Certain foods that we eat stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in our gut. 
 
Probiotics foods are a specific dietary fiber which help with different digestive issues and boosts our immune system. 
 
Think of it this way, if your gut bacteria is well-fed and healthy, you will be healthy!
 
Supplements are available but you can include certain foods in your diet that also feed your good gut bacteria.
 
So now the question is: “What is good food for my gut bacteria?”
 
PREBIOTIC FOODS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET
  • Oats
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Seaweed
  • Flaxseed
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Dandelion Greens
PROBIOTICS
 
On the other hand, probiotics are specific live strains of healthy bacteria that add to the existing bacteria population in your gut. 
 
There are different ways you can make sure you have healthy bacteria in your gut. You can take probiotic supplements, or you can eat specific foods that are naturally packed with these helpful bacteria.
PROBIOTIC FOODS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET
  • Yogurt
  • Kombucha
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kefir
  • Tempeh
  • Kimchi
  • Miso
  • Fermented dairy drinks (Buttermilk)
  • Cottage cheese
  • Gouda cheese
 
The most important thing I want you to take from this blog post is that a healthy microbiome can improve your overall health including your mood, digestive system and immune system. 
 
It is of utmost importance to eat whole and unprocessed foods to maintain health so start including those prebiotics and probiotics in your diet!!
 
With love,
Patty

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