In short probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in the gut which are essential for health and wellbeing and prebiotics are the fibrous material in our diets which support the probiotics. 

 

Probiotics

 

Probiotics are essential for our health.  They are the bacteria that line our gut and support our body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection.  They strengthen our immune system, help treat digestive issues.  Probiotics also contribute to better mental health and neurological disorders.

 

A staggering 80% of our immune system is located in the gut!  (That’s amazing).  Another incredible thing is the digestive system is the second largest part of our neurological system, hence it is sometimes referred to as our second brain.

 

A poor functioning gut can be the trigger for inflammation in the body, which in turn causes many chronic conditions and diseases.

 

Some of the health benefits of probiotics

 

  • Boosting the immune system

  • Helping inflammatory disorders

  • Help fight Cancer

  • Beneficial to mood and mental health

 

Prebiotics

 

Prebiotics are non-digestible fibres which pass through the upper digestive track undigested.  They then reach the colon where they are fermented by our gut flora.  Prebiotics help feed the probiotics, and by consuming them together, better results can be achieved. 

 

List of some prebiotic foods

 

Apples                                                           Collard Greens

Artichokes                                                      Garlic

Asparagus                                                      Kale

Banana                                                          Leeks

Barley                                                            Legumes

Beans                                                            Onions

Berries                                                           Radishes

Bran                                                              Rye

Broccoli                                                          Squash

Brussels sprouts                                              Sweet potatoes

Cabbage                                                         Whole wheat

Carrots

Cauliflower

Chard

Probiotics & Prebiotics

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