Prebiotics are natural, non-digestible food ingredients that are linked to promoting the growth of helpful bacteria in your intestines. We are used to hearing the word bacteria used in a negative connotation, but not all bacteria are bad! Prebiotics may improve gut health and increase calcium absorption.
Some good sources of prebiotics are bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, dandelion greens, and artichokes. I recently heard a podcast where a doctor was using acacia plants, powdered, as a source of prebiotic fiber. It created in the gut a promotion of the lean bacteria, more of this type of bacteria was found in the lining of the intestines of really lean people.
Probiotics are actually the good bacteria in your intestines. There are foods which contain live strains of these cultures. These are actively balancing gut flora. They boost immunity and overall health, especially digestive health. For instance, probiotics have been used for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Some strains of these live cultures may help prevent specific allergy and intolerance symptoms.
Sources of probiotics are fermented foods and raw, unpasteurized dairy. Raw sauerkraut, plain, fresh yogurt and kefir, naturally pickled veggies, kimchi, and raw vinegar are all great source of probiotics.
Together prebiotics and probiotics are nutrition boosters that make everything else we eat alongside of them better absorbed by the body. They improve the bioavailability of other nutrients. They are a sort of superfood.
Make sure the foods are naturally fermented, not just added with vinegar, salt, and spices for the best results.
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