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What Exactly Are Probiotic And Prebiotic Foods, And How Do They Help Your Gut? Health Food Expert Lee Cotton Explains

If you're a fan of Whole Foods, then you 
are aware of the refrigerated aisle that
 hosts a fizzy drink with goop at the bottom. 
I am referring to Kombucha—a fermented
 drink that comes in many flavors with a 
little slime at the bottom referred to as
 “Scoby.” I personally love this healthy tonic,
 and so does my gut.

Kombucha is considered a probiotic food, which means it contains living bacteria that are beneficial to your health. I am sure you have consumed yogurt or sauerkraut, which are also probiotics. These types of foods create a healthy balance in the gastrointestinal tract and promote overall immune health.

In addition, prebiotic foods, such as Jerusalem 
artichokes, raw garlic and raw leeks,
 promote the growth of healthy bacteria in
 your gut.

Bacteria in the gastrointestinal system are 
important because they help enhance immune 
function. Research has shown that 
incorporating both prebiotic and probiotic
 foods into the daily diet can have health 
benefits such as:

  • Alleviating stomach issues
  • Aiding in allergies
  • Protecting against some cancers
  • Promoting overall gastrointestinal health
  • Providing overall systemic immunity

Probiotic supplements may be available
at your health food store, or even in some physicians' offices.

(Image via Flickr/iris)