There has been a lot of buzz in nutrition world lately about the “Microbiota” or the world of living organisms in your gut. Good gut health is being studied for everything from obesity, diabetes, IBS, Parkinson’s ,Brain behavior, mood and more.
We still have a lot to learn but we do know that its important to have a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in your intestines. A key component to that is getting enough probiotics and the prebiotics that support them in your diet.
Probiotics contain live cultures of specific strains of bacteria and confer health benefits to the host.
Some Probiotic-Rich Foods are:
- Cultured dairy products (yogurt, cottage cheese, kefir)
- Cultured non dairy products (soy/coconut yogurt, kefir)
- Fermented beverages (kombucha)
- Fermented grains (tempeh)
- Fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi, beets, pickles etc)
- Fermented soy (miso, natto, soysauce)
Look for products that say “live cultures” vs foods that are pickled in vinegar or pasteurized.
Prebiotics are nondigestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth of bacteria in the GI tract which are beneficial to the health of the body.
Some Prebiotic rich foods are:
And you get bonus points when you combine both together- for example a banana with yogurt.
Now go feed your gut!