Not so long ago all the talk was about the benefits of probiotics and then all of a sudden the focus shifted to prebiotics; what are the differences between the two and why do we need them?

Did you know that there are between 300 to 1000 different types of good bacteria residing in your stomach alone? Each one has its own purpose, to support the digestive system, and immune system and ultimately help your body overall.

Let’s talk about probiotics or as I like to call them the ‘good guys’ these are the good bacteria that promote a healthy gut flora in the stomach that will aid in:

  • Supporting a healthy digestive system
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Aid in the treatment of diarrhea
  • Preventing some allergies
  • Help reduce some skin conditions such as eczema
  • They can also support mental health and anxiety

So, how do get these good guys into your body? Well, you could take a daily supplement or you could include fermented foods into your diet, such as:

  • Milk or Water Kefir (preferably homemade)
  • Kombucha (preferably home brewed)
  • Yogurt (I recommend Jalna’s Biodynamic Organic Yoghurt as it has a lot of good guys, no sugar, no artificial flavoring, and a good source of calcium)
  • Kimchi
  • Miso
  • Sauerkraut

Some of these items might sound a little alien and that’s OK, however, if you’re eating healthy amounts of vegetables every day then you won’t need huge amounts as these vegetables feed the probiotics making them prebiotics. Get it?

NOTE: Sugar and processed foods will basically kill the good guys, which means you need to either increase your probiotic intake or give them the boot. Also, antibiotics will kill both the good and the bad guys. I strongly suggest that for every 1 antibiotic tablet you take you also take 2 probiotics.

Now we come to prebiotics. These guys nourish and nature the probiotics which in turn promote healthy gut flora. There is one condition though, good bacteria need to be present in our guts for them to do their job effectively. Now, how do we get these guys into your body? You can start by including the following in your daily meals:

  • Raw: leeks, asparagus, onions, garlic, artichokes
  • Resistant starches: Cold potatoes & rice
  • Fruit: Apples, bananas
  • Whole grains: Oatmeal, barley, flaxseeds, wheat
  • Legumes: Lentils, kidney beans, white beans & black beans

In summary, the more we consume foods containing good bacteria, the better we’ll feel.

If you have any questions or require more information, please email me at info@annedaviesnutritionlifecoach.com.au

 

Much love

Anne

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