Probiotics and Prebiotics: A Guide to Boost Your Gut Health
A guide to boosting gut health. What are probiotics and prebiotics? Probiotic foods contain good bacteria that can boost our gut health. Prebiotic foods feed those good bacteria to keep them happy and healthy, which in turn makes us healthier too. There are many ways to get these two things into our bodies every day, but it is important that we do so because of how much they contribute to a strong immune system and improved gut health!
Probiotics are living organisms that have been shown to have a beneficial effect on health. Probiotics can come in many forms of bacteria, from yogurt and cheese to fermented vegetables. Eating probiotics will introduce good gut flora into your system, which helps with digestion and other bodily functions. Foods like kimchi, kefir (plain or flavoured), sauerkraut, tempeh, miso soup are all examples of probiotic foods!
Prebiotics are not living organisms but they still improve our gut health by providing food for those healthy gut bacteria to survive more effectively; prebiotic foods include whole grains such as oats and brown rice among others including bananas. Prebiotics make it easier for the type of healthy gut bacteria called “genera bifidobacteria” to thrive, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science. Research has shown that babies that consume enough amounts of Bifidobacterium from their mothers while breastfeeding has improved intestinal ecology.
A good place to start to improve your gut health would be to eliminate the load on the body from too many toxins in our environment to antibiotics which have been overprescribed for a wide range of ailments in both children and adults alike.
An important step to building a strong immune system is to begin the process of supporting the body to detox. One way to do this is by adding probiotics and prebiotics into your diet. One of the best ways that you can get them in every day would be through food, such as a high-quality yogurt with live cultures or kefir milk made from fermented cow’s, goat’s, camel’s or sheep’s milk.
Some people also take an acidophilus supplement for both their digestive health and immune system support. Talk to your healthcare professional about which one may be right for you. Here is a great article for someone wanting to learn more about probiotics
Lastly, there are many other unrelated factors that can affect gut health. Sugar consumption (too much will cause damage) stress levels have been shown to decrease the ability of our body to produce stomach acids needed to digest and process our foods. It can also lead to the overgrowth of bacterias and candida, which can cause a whole host of ailments.
So, what does this mean for you? It means that if our gut health is not working properly thanks to these factors or others out there, then we are putting ourselves at risk for blood sugar imbalances and the development of chronic illnesses like diabetes and cancer.
Probiotics and prebiotics are both important for a healthy gut. The two substances work together to keep the good bacteria in our bodies happy, which leads to better health! It is essential that we incorporate these foods into our diet every day. They contribute so much towards maintaining an immune system and improving gut health. We recommend getting probiotic-rich food like yogurt or kimchi as well as prebiotic-rich vegetables such as onions or garlic.
If you have any questions about how these things can be beneficial for your body, please reach out today for a free consultation with me today I would love nothing more than to help you get on track with a lifestyle plan. Join us this week in our private community for the probiotic challenge and get your gut health on track