PREBIOTICS

We covered probiotics on Day 2 of this adventure on your perfect body given the media coverage, if you missed it, you still have heard of probiotics and the role they play in your health and well-being.

prebiotic foodsBacteria in your gut is, of course, in your gut, most specifically in your large intestine. Eating probiotic rich foods can help repopulate your gut and keep the balance of happy bacteria up to snuff. But is that the whole story? Nope. Prebiotics are just as important to your health and wellness as probiotics.
Prebiotics, although technically not part of your body, are necessary fertilizers for good bacteria in your gut. Fruit and vegetable fibers that are not digestible and they are heat resistant. They make it all the way to your gut where they create a prebiotic effect which in turn increases the activity of the healthy bacteria in your intestines.

The difference between prebiotics and probiotics are that the prebiotics are basically material that stimulates the growth of bacteria, in fact, they can increase metabolic activity in the gut. Probiotics are in and of themselves micro-organisms.
Prebiotics are mainly found in foods that contain indigestible fiber. Fiber like inulin, which is a naturally occurring polysaccharide, fructo-oligosaccharides, galacto-oligosaccharides are also naturally occurring ‘sugars’. Foods like asparagus, chicory, artichokes, sunchokes, garlic, leeks, are excellent sources for prebiotics.

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