Prebiotics & Probiotics
Although these two terms are really similar, they have two different (but very important) jobs to do in your body. Having a gut feeling has never been more important as it is becoming increasingly known how critical your gut health is to your overall health- meaning prebiotics and probiotics are essential to try and include in your diet. Our gut acts as a ‘second brain’ and is responsible for creating 95% of the serotonin in the body, and may have a huge impact on brain function and mood.
Although this may sound like a super science-y term, it is actually just a name for non-digestible carbohydrates and fibre that feed the probiotics in your gut. Prebiotics feed your friendly bacteria and encourage more to grow. Having a range of healthy bacteria is important as they help to aid digestion, mood regulation, strengthening your immune system and boosting the production of valuable vitamins.
Combining prebiotics with probiotics has the best health benefits, and you are providing a healthy meal for the probiotics!
Some natural sources of prebiotics are:
- Rolled Oats
Some of the benefits of consuming prebiotics are:
- Lower risk for cardiovascular disease
- Healthier cholesterol levels
- Improve gut health
- Lower stress response
- Improve digestion
- Balances hormones
- Higher immune function
- Lower risk for obesity and weight gain
- Lower inflammation and autoimmune reactions
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts, often known as ‘good bacteria’ that are especially good for your digestive system. This bacteria line your digestive tract like a coral reef, catching everything that passes and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. Some evidence suggests that certain strains of probiotics can help to boost the immune system, maintain a balanced gut microbiome and sustain a healthy digestive system. They are naturally present and help to repopulate & maintain the ‘good’ bacteria in your digestive system. Eating fresh and fermented foods are some of the richest sources of probiotics. Many people are often lacking in probiotics, due to eating too many processed foods, refrigerated products and internal damage created by antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria in our bodies. This is why it is so important to try and consume as many probiotic-rich foods as possible, as the health benefits are too good to ignore.
Some natural sources of probiotics are:
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
- Fermented foods
Benefits of eating probiotic-rich foods:
- Stronger immune system
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy from the production of vitamin B12
- Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
- Healthier skin → probiotics improve eczema and psoriasis
- Reduced cold and flu
- Healing from leaky gut and inflammatory bowel disease
- Weight loss
Prebiotics and Probiotics enhance our body’s ability to absorb important nutrients and trace minerals from the foods we eat. They are also great at preventing bad bacteria from growing in your gut, and instead influence the growth of friendly bacteria. Combining the two together has lots of health benefits such as boosting the immune system and improving your gut and digestive health.