Health & Wellness

Gut health is so incredibly important to your well-being. In fact, the GI tract is sometimes referred to as the “second brain”, because there are more neurotransmitters released from your gut than anywhere else in the body. The microbiome in your digestive system is so crucial because it sets a healthy (or unhealthy) foundation for many other systems in your body, including immune function. You’ve probably heard of the terms prebiotic and probiotic, but might still be a little confused about the difference. Both are great ways to establish a balanced gut flora and keep you feeling happy and healthy.

 

Prebiotics

Prebiotics are essential components of food that your body cannot digest (a.k.a. fiber) that aid in the process of bacterial homeostasis in the gut, more specifically in the colon. Prebiotics are also shown to increase fecal bulk, which allows for lowered contact of carcinogens with the GI tract, reducing your risk of colon cancer. Other benefits include the reduction of gut inflammation, the risk for IBS, and even symptoms from allergies.

 

Prebiotic examples:

Banana

Onion

Garlic

Asparagus

Artichoke

Tomato

Whole Wheat

 

Probiotics

Probiotics are defined as live microbial organisms which aid in the improvement of the human gut microbiome. These cultures are shown to help improve lactose intolerance, balance GI pH, reduce cholesterol levels, and aid in calcium absorption.

 

Probiotic examples:

Yogurt

Kimchi

Tempeh

Brine-cured olives

Sauerkraut

Kefir

Kombucha