Is your diet holding you back from reaching your goals?
Do you feel mentally and physically sluggish, generally fatigued and run down? Have you begun to experience gut and digestive issues such as constipation or heart burn? Is your sleep erratic or limited? Has your skin and hair changed recently?
All of the above are signs and symptoms that you may not have the right balance of good and bad bacteria within your gut microbiota.
Our modern lives deliver a “gut punch” of health issues…
High stress levels, too little sleep, eating ultra-processed and high-sugar foods, can all damage our gut microbiome.
The result: complications with our health, from unintentional weight changes, fatigue, skin irritation, autoimmune conditions, and food intolerances.
Let’s change that.
Learn the real benefits of probiotics and prebiotics, why they are so good for your body, and what food you should eat to keep your gut microbiota healthy.
What are Probiotics and Prebiotics?
Probiotics are “live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” Put simply: Probiotics are good bacteria (and sometimes yeasts) that offer health benefits.
So how do probiotics work?
The main job of probiotics, or good bacteria, is to maintain a healthy balance in your body. Think about maintaining your body in neutral. When you are sick, bad bacteria invades your body and increases in number. This makes you feel out of balance or sick. Now the good bacteria work hard to fight off the bad bacteria to bring back the balance within your body and make you feel better again – Well done probiotics!
Prebiotics are special plant fibers that help the healthy bacteria grow in your gut. This makes your digestive system work better. You can say that prebiotics are the food source for probiotics.
Prebiotics are found in carbohydrates that your body can’t digest. So they go to your lower digestive tract, where they then act like food to help the healthy bacteria grow.
Bottom line: Without prebiotics there’s no food for the probiotics.
That means the probiotics can’t do their job effectively, which leads to problems in your gut microbiota.
Probiotics and prebiotics can provide your body with powerful benefits…
The probiotics may improve digestive health, mental health like reducing depression for example, gastrointestinal health and heart health. Plus, evidence suggests they may even give you healthier-looking skin.
The prebiotics have many links to the benefits of probiotics. They may support a healthy gut, offer better digestive heath, and help to lower antibiotic-related health problems. They may also improve your body’s absorption of calcium and can help process foods faster, so they spend less time in your digestive system, which help avoid constipation.
Maintaining a healthy gut can sometimes be difficult. But there are many healthy probiotic and prebiotic foods that you can eat, to help your gut. Download the attachment below to receive the full article containing examples of both probiotic and prebiotic foods that can easily be included in your diet.
For more information and guidance on how you can make simple modifications to your diet and exercise for a healthier and happier life, get in touch with Katie