Every now and then, a breakthrough is so exciting that it seems like everyone starts talking about it all at once. That’s certainly the case with probiotics.
Our understanding of how important our gut flora is has shot through the roof in the last few years.
For example, we now know that 70 percent (or more) of our immune system is centered in our gut. That many chronic diseases are linked to the bacteria in our belly. And depression and mood are associated with our gut health too.
And it ALL comes back to probiotics.
But we’ve been so focused on those PRObiotics we’ve been missing a huge part of the picture. PREbiotics are vital little organisms which get so little press that when they are mentioned many folks think it’s a typo.
Probiotics and prebiotics work hand in hand
As you know, probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in your stomach and intestines. You have trillions of these belly bugs, and as many as 1000 different types. Their job is to keep both your gut and YOU healthy.
We’ve understood how these bacteria could affect our digestive system for many years now, of course. But it’s only been recently that we’ve come to understand how probiotics affect every aspect of our health.
When the bacteria in your gut are balanced, meaning you have the optimum number of each kind, your health is at its peak. But when your gut flora is out of balance, your health suffers.
That’s why keeping your belly bacteria healthy is so critical. And it’s where PREbitoics come in.
Like any living organism, your gut bacteria need to eat to stay healthy and have the energy they need to do their job well. And prebiotics are the fiber-filled plant foods they prefer to eat.
In other words, you can think of prebiotics as probiotic chow.
4 prebiotic foods you should be eating
Research has found people with diets high in prebiotics can experience a number of health benefits including…
- a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer
- better bone density
- a reduced rate of chronic inflammation (tied to most major diseases)
And while we’re still waiting on more research to be finished, one thing is already clear: a diet high in prebiotics is firmly linked to good health.
The great news is fitting more prebiotics into your diet couldn’t be an easier. In fact, odds are good you’re already eating some of them, and just don’t realize it.
Following are four excellent sources of prebiotic fiber…
Legumes such as black beans, kidney beans and pinto beans are brimming with prebiotics.
Bananas are a good source of prebiotics too. Choose green ones when you can find them. As the bananas ripen, they start to break down a bit of the healthy fiber we’re hoping to feed your belly bugs with.
The pectin in delicious apples is a favorite snack of the healthy bacteria you’re trying to feed.
You already know that whole oats are a terrific source of fiber in general. It turns out they’re also an excellent source of prebiotic fiber. Steel cut oatmeal is an easy way to slip more of them into your diet.
Probiotics are still every bit as important as you’ve learned they are these past few years. Just don’t forget feeding them prebiotics are how we can help them thrive.