What are probiotics?
Probiotics are living microorganisms that take the form of “good” bacteria in your digestive system. Specifically, probiotics are are a category of “good” bacteria that have proven health benefits. Some probiotics naturally exist in your body while others can found in various food items, especially fermented foods!
How do they work?
By helping to move food through your gut, probiotics can replenish other good bacteria in your stomach, which aids in the digestive process. By lending aid to the existing “good” bacteria in your digestive system, probiotics also protect the body from harmful bacteria.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are foods that help feed probiotic bacteria. Prebiotics are very important because they can feed probiotics bacteria that already exist in your body! When a probiotic and a prebiotic are combined they become “symbiotic,” a powerful combination of tool and fuel to help power your gut!
Why eat them?
Although the research on probiotics is still in its beginning phases, the information that has been released shows that eating probiotics and feeding the ones that occur in your body naturally can help alleviate and prevent such ailments as diarrhea, IBS, and HPV!
Where are probiotics found?
There is a lot of ambiguity surrounding foods that are labeled as containing “probiotics.” Consumers should be wary of foods that advertise themselves as containing probiotics because the term can be applied very loosely to many strains of good bacteria. Good sources of probiotics include:
- Sourdough bread
- Miso soup
- Many other fermented foods!