The Healthy Dish
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.
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