Prebiotics/Probiotic

Hey guys. 

I’m currently somewhere over North Carolina en route to Florida right now.

I dont know what it is but I feel like I get SO MUCH done on airplanes. It’s not like the internet is the best or the seats are super comfortable, but whatever.

Anyways, something that has been coming up lately is PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS.

Everyone is always talking about the benefits of probiotics, but prebiotics definitely get over looked.

So what are prebiotics?

From wikipedia:

Prebiotics are substances that induce the growth or activity of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria and fungi) that contribute to the well-being of their host.[1] The most common example is in the gastrointestinal tract, where prebiotics can alter the composition of organisms in the gut microbiome. In diet, prebiotics are typically non-digestible fiber compounds that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth or activity of advantageous bacteria that colonize the large bowel by acting as substrate for them.

I like to think of prebiotics as fertilizer. It helps make your gut able to use the probiotics that you take. Prebiotics come from types of carbs (mostly fiber) that humans can’t digest. The beneficial bacteria in your gut eat this fiber. So basically, without prebiotics, probiotics can’t do their job.

Like most things, it’s best to get your prebiotic from a whole food source. Same thing with probiotics. 

Some good sources of prebiotics:

  • Legumes
  • Oats
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Chicory Root
  • Berries
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Dancelion greens
  • Barley
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Cocoa
  • Flaxseeds

So do your gut a favor and eat some of these foods. Besides the prebiotics, the benefits of a high fiber diet are insanely good!

Ok friends, time to put on a sheet mask and enjoy some trashy tv on Bravo.

xo