It has been said that a healthy gut means a healthy you. Nearly 70 percent of your immune system is housed in your digestive system. All food is ultimately broken down in the gut to a simple form that can enter the bloodstream and be delivered as nutrients throughout our bodies. This is only possible with a healthy digestive system. A healthy gut contains healthy bacteria and immune cells that ward off infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi. A healthy gut also communicates with the brain through nerves and hormones, which helps maintain general health and well-being.
Ensuring good gut health requires getting enough probiotics and prebiotics in your diet. Probiotics are live bacteria that are in certain foods and supplements. Prebiotics and probiotics may improve digestive health, improve mental health by strengthening the link between gut and brain health, provide relief to people suffering from stomach and intestinal disorders, and positively affect several other general health concerns.
Prebiotics are substances that come from carbohydrates, primarily fiber, that the human body can’t digest. They’re a food source for probiotics and other beneficial organisms in your gut. Similar to probiotics, prebiotics may support a healthy gut by improving digestive health, as well as lead to fewer antibiotic-related health problems. They may also provide other benefits.
Probiotics can be found in most fermented foods and beverages including yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, and cultured buttermilk. Prebiotics are easily derived from a well-balanced diet that prioritizes high-fiber foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
Some foods – like cheese, kefir, and sauerkraut – even have both probiotics and prebiotics. If you’re unable to get an adequate amount of probiotics and prebiotics solely from foods and beverages, supplements can help fill the gap.
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Always consult your health care provider before starting a probiotic program.
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