Have you heard of probioitics/prebiotics and not sure what they are or what the difference is?

Read on!

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria that, when eaten in correct amounts, can improve our immune system, reduce IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms, help us to absorb nutrients and kick out the bad bacteria in our gut.

Probiotics can be found in yoghurt and other fermented products (sauerkraut, kim chi, kombucha) as well as in capsule form.

What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are a type of carbohydrate that stays undigested until it reaches the large intestine, where it becomes food for our good gut bacteria!

This means that prebiotics are food for probiotics.

Prebiotics are found in a range of plant foods including onions, cooled pasta and unripe bananas.

What does this mean?

As well and pre and probiotics, having enough fibre in our diet is important to keep our gut happy.

Eating regular fruit, vegetables and whole grains will take care of that. If you want to dig a little deeper, try having 30 different types of fibre from these foods a week; difference fibres feed different good bacteria!

Which foods are you trying this week to improve your gut health?

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