Prebiotics – what are they and why do we need them?
We’ve all heard about probiotics, right? Well it is 2017 and probiotics are THE buzzword, after all. I don’t know about you but we can’t look at Instagram or Twitter without seeing the ‘new’ Kombucha or a picture of someone’s sauerkraut lunch.
We can truly give ourselves a pat on the back this year for taking our daily probiotic, fermenting our veg and making our sandwiches with sourdough bread. But once you’ve consumed all these delicious friendly bacteria, do you ever give a second thought about what happens to them and if you’re being hospitable to them? Nope? Didn’t think so.
The best way to make the most of probiotics is to give them a nice home with plenty of food to make them feel all warm and fuzzy and want to set up camp for a while to do their good work. After all, probiotics are living organisms, and every living thing needs food to survive and fuel to work efficiently.
So how do we do this?
The bad news is that we have to make an effort to make our new friends happy. There’s no point in glugging down the kombucha then returning to a diet of Maccy D’s and ready meals. As bad as processed food is for us, it’s also bad for our bacteria.
The good news is that it’s easy to feed our bacteria. All we need is to introduce prebiotics to our diet every day.
This is all very well, but what are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are found in high-fibre, non-digestible foods which work their way through our systems undigested to provide food for the beneficial bacteria living in our guts.
Foods rich in prebiotic fibre include onions, garlic, artichokes, bananas and asparagus.
So if you want to help improve your digestion, prevent IBS, prevent leaky gut syndrome and increase your immune system (to name but a few benefits), make sure you include a healthy dose of both probiotics and prebiotics in your diet for maximum effect.
For more of the amazing health benefits that result from a healthy gut, read this interesting article on draxe.com