Eating more probiotic and prebiotic foods can improve immune function, vitamin production, and leave you with more energy. Interested?
The words “probiotic” and “prebiotic” are thrown around a lot these days, but at the end of the day, does anybody really know what they mean? That’s where we come in—it’s time for a little food-based biology lesson.
60-80% of the immune system is located in the digestive system, so we need to look after it. Everything that we eat has to be processed by our gut, and probiotic and prebiotic foods are actually broken down more easily than others, feeding the good bacteria in our bodies and leading to a more harmonious digestive process.
Prebiotic are rich in fiber and feed the good bacteria which are already in your gut, allowing them to rapidly increase in number. Some of these prebiotic foods include:
Not only useful for keeping the vampires away at Halloween and tasting great, garlic also has health benefits – there’s no excuse not to eat that garlic bread now!
Enjoy our penne with prebiotic, gut-friendly asparagus and salmon which is particularly rich in omega 3!
Banana doesn’t have to be boring. Find the perfect excuse to eat this potassium-filled, prebiotic fruit in the following recipe:
On the other hand, instead of feeding bacteria like prebiotics, probiotic foods skip that step and provide a direct hit of good bacteria to your gut. This bacteria develops from the fermentation process, however don’t let this put you off. Some probiotic foods include:
4) Fermented Vegetables
Who would have thought that sauerkraut would be so good for you? Be sure not to pick out the equally probiotic gherkins in this succulent cheeseburger!
One cup of yogurt contains millions and millions of probiotic cultures, which are great for your gut. Try our overnight oats for a good probiotic packed breakfast.
6) Fermented Grains and Beans
Both miso and kimchi are wonder foods, with numerous people in Japan enjoying a bowl of miso soup every morning to promote a healthy gut. Try our Korean barbeque dish for numerous health benefits on one plate.
Published on November 27, 2016