Let’s Talk Probiotics vs Prebiotics

First up – probiotics what are they?  These are the live bacteria in your gut, which give health benefits & add to the good bacteria living in your gut microbiome.  How does that work?  The population of good bacteria thrives, which means the opportunistic bad bacteria struggle to survive & thrive.  Additionally, probiotics can have an effect on mood & mental health, sometimes you see it referred to as the “gut brain axis”.  There is research being done to see, which bacteria are the best for this – pretty amazing links right? 

OK, so what can you add to your diet?  Probiotics are found naturally in fermented foods THINK yoghurt, kefir, sauerkraut, even miso to name a few. 

And prebiotics? This is the non-digestible dietary fibre which feeds your gut bacteria.  Yup, the probiotics get it into your gut; then the prebiotics feed it once it is there, basically keeping the good bacteria population happy & healthy.  Or put in a more science-y way – they are influencing the activity of your gut microbial population.  OK, but what does that do for you?  Prebiotics improve immunity; boost absorption of vitamins & minerals; plus, they assist with the production of anti-inflammatory compounds. 

Where do I find this goodness?  THINK asparagus, garlic, leeks, onions, bananas, barley, oats & apples to name a few.

The Allium family of vegetables have loads of health benefits.
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Published by Shân

I am incredibly passionate about food and its healing power – it is pretty amazing how what you eat affects how your body works! In fact, I was so fascinated, I went & got myself a degree in it – a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine). Now in all honesty I don’t eat or live a perfect lifestyle, nor will I ever pretend I do. Realistically I know you won’t be perfect either. And that’s OK. As a Clinical Nutritionist I focus on what we eat and how this has an impact on our health and wellness – everyday.

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