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.
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