Probiotics and prebiotics are important. They support colonization and growth of good bacteria in your gut. Here are some basics:
Probiotics are good bacteria that keep your digestive system in balance. They help control overgrowth of bad bacteria and contribute towards immune health. Certain strains of probiotics also reduce allergies and food sensitivities.
Prebiotics are are carbohydrates that cannot be digested for the human body. They are food for good bacteria → they promote good bacteria growth, improve digestive health and even enhance calcium absorption for healthy bones.
Where are they found?
Gut Health is the Key to Overall Health
There are 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells in the body. There are over 100 million neurotransmitters in the human gut network with a direct connection to the brain → this means that your digestive discomfort can be a product of your emotions…or vice versa. 80-90% of serotonin (a chemical in the brain that regulates your mood) is made inside the gut.
70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. Researchers found that people who didn’t have a variety of good bacteria in their gut were much more likely to develop allergies and food sensitivities.
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How to keep beneficial bacteria in balance?
- Think about adding a probiotic supplement to your diet.
- Consume foods that contain probiotics to continuously re-introduce good bacteria into your system.
- Consume foods that contain prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in your gut.