Prebiotics & Probiotics

Probiotics and prebiotics are important. They support colonization and growth of good bacteria in your gut. Here are some basics:

Probiotics

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

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?

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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?

  1. Think about adding a probiotic supplement to your diet.
  2. Consume foods that contain probiotics to continuously re-introduce good bacteria into your system.
  3. Consume foods that contain prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in your gut.

 


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5 thoughts on “Prebiotics & Probiotics

    1. Hi Carol! That is a great question!

      To be completely honest, when I listed “how to keep beneficial bacteria in balance,” I did not place them in any specific order.

      However, I do recommend prebiotics/probiotics (and multivitamins) for most people. Modern lifestyle often accommodates a diet full of fast food, refined carbohydrates and alcohol. Despite how hard we try, it can be nearly impossible to get EVERYTHING we need through diet alone. You have to eat a multitude of different fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins to provide the body with all of the prebiotics, probiotics, vitamins and minerals the body requires.

      Some people are able to achieve this through diet alone…and I truly applaud them! Research tells us that the BEST way to get prebiotics, probiotics, vitamins and minerals is directly from the food source. However, when that isn’t possible, supplements are an excellent way to add in what you may be missing.

      Thank you for your question!!

  1. Thank you for your response and I do see that if a healthy diet isn’t maintained that it may be neccessary to take supplements ( I have) a real aversion to tablets in any way shape or form or I should say supplements of any kind but that is me and I know that…I also try really hard to incorporate evrything we need for good health in our diets. So far we are healthy and hope it stays that way..I absolutely love the colours of your header picture it is awesome 🙂

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