Prebiotics and Probiotics
Updated: Feb 9, 2021
Let’s talk prebiotics and probiotics. What they are, why you need both and how to get them. Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. They help the gut bacteria produce nutrients for your colon cells and leads to a healthier digestive system. Some prebiotic foods are:
Probiotics are live bacteria found in certain foods or supplements. This “good” bacteria in your digestive tract helps protect you from harmful bacteria and fungi. They also send signals to your immune system and help regulate inflammation. As if that’s not enough work, they also form vitamin K and short-chain fatty acids. Busy suckers. Some probiotic foods are:
Kombucha tea (GT’s my fave!!)
Kefir (dairy and non-dairy)
Some types of pickles (non-pasteurized)
Other pickled vegetables (non-pasteurized)
Gut health is probably one of the most important aspects of getting, being, and staying healthy. That old saying “you are what you eat” is spot on!
Not a fan of asparagus or kraut? There are of course supplements you can take to beef up your pre and probiotics. If you know me at all, it’s no surprise that my go-to for supplementation is Young Living. They have Life 9™ which is a proprietary, high-potency probiotic that combines 17 billion live cultures from 9 beneficial strains of bacteria (yeah, that’s a LOT of critters). And they have MightyPro which is a synergistic blend of prebiotics and probiotics formulated for kids, but also well loved by adults (think Pixy Stix) with over 8 billion active, live cultures to support digestive and immune health. Holla! So go ahead and make yourself a salad with dandelion greens, asparagus, artichokes and some pickled onions, and pour yourself a delicious cup of GT’s Watermelon Wonder Kombucha! Feed your gut flora!! And have a healthy poop!
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As with all supplements, you may want to consult with a healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about pre and probiotics.