Pre versus Pro
Buzz words: Prebiotics and Probiotics. I find myself discussing this topic at least daily with clients. So, let’s clear it up — what are they and what do they do for me?
are an organism or substance that contributes to intestinal microbial balance. They are friendly bacteria that improve immune function, prevent infections, reduce allergies, decrease inflammation, assist with cholesterol management, contribute to reducing the risk of certain cancer, and improve overall digestion. Probiotics are found in: dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, natural/traditional cheeses; Asian foods such as miso, fermented tofu, tempeh, and kimchi; Beverages: microbrewed beer, wine, saki, and fermented juices; and other foods such as sourdough bread, raw honey, brine-salted fermented vegetables. Probiotics can also be consumed in pill form. My probiotic of choice is VSL. If you are interested in trying one, talk to us during your next session and we will explain in more detail.
are on-digestible food ingredients (mainly carbohydrates) that benefit us by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria—the prebiotics– in the colon. They provide nourishment for probiotics and allow them to survive in the gut. Prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, berries, onions, garlic, honey, soybeans, greens, legumes, and artichokes.
Now the fun part… eating them!
Prebiotics and probiotics are best when eaten with one another (as pictured above – a cocobanana yogurt smoothie). The combination of probiotics and prebiotics form a symbiotic relationship and promote a healthy gut environment. This relationship can help combat diarrhea, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome, certain intestinal infections, and severe colds or flu. So, now you know what the buzz is all about and can start improving your micro genome!