Probiotics 101: What You Need to Know
Probiotics and prebiotics are regularly in the nutrition spotlight these days, but do you know what they are? Keep reading to get the 101 on these digestive heroes!
Did you know there are more good bacteria in your gut than there are total cells in your body?! We’re talking trillions of little microorganisms in your digestive tract that help support overall health.
So since there are so many of these little microorganisms in our gut, it’s a good idea to make the effort to help them thrive in their home. This is where probiotics may help. Probiotics are good bacteria, similar to the ones in your gut, which are found in certain foods. After you consume them, they can inhabit your gut and have a positive influence on the good bacteria currently living there. This partnership can help boost support overall health, especially digestive health.
There are a few ways you can include probiotics in your diet, including fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut or tempeh and probiotic-containing products designed to supplement the diet, like our NEW thinkThin® Protein & Probiotics powders. There are thousands of different strains of probiotics and any health benefits they may confer are specific to the strain.
Probiotics need to eat too! This is where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are the non-digestible food components that serve as the food to the good bacteria in your gut to help support their growth. These non-digestible food components can be found in foods like bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, artichokes, soybeans and whole-wheat products. Consuming both probiotics and prebiotics together can be considered advantageous because it contains both the good bacteria and the “food” to support its growth.
The environment in our gut is very complex, but we do know that the good bacteria that live there are vital to our health. Do your gut a favor and regularly consume prebiotic and probiotic foods to help support this environment!
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