You may have heard incessenly about these substances, but not paying enough attention to their importance and difference it will make in your body.
The Difference between Probiotics x Prebiotics
Probiotics are live microorganisms found in certain foods, specially fermented ones like the lactobacillus in yogurt, sauerkraut etc, that helps to improve and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
In order to keep this good bacteria alive in the gut, very prone to dying from the heat and stomach acids; you need to feed them prebiotics that nourishes and keep them in the bowel wall, stimulating their growth.
The good yeast is often advised when you had recently taken antibiotics, for example, which vanishes the bad bacteria (infection) and the good ones as well. Increasing their daily intake causes no harm in the body, but quite the opposite…
The Importance of a Good Digestion
One is interdependent of the other and they both play a major role not only in the digestive system, but in the overall well being.
The importance of keeping a balanced natural flora in your digestive system not only relates to a good digestion, but numerous consequential facts such as: better skin, less fatigue, stable mental health, lower levels of stress.
A good digestion is one of the foundations for a good health, as the body breaks down the food and absorbs all its nutrients to nourish the cells and fuel the body with energy. Thus, having a good ratio of good harmful yeast in your flora improves your overall health and energy levels. As well as your immune system, which is closely related to your gut; so you’re less likely to get infections.
Have you ever felt the “butterflies in your stomach”? Thanks to the network of neurons lining our bowel, it is not surprise the gut is also known as the ‘second brain’, where a great quantity of chemicals, like serotonin, are produced therein. Studies have also shown a good bacterial gut balance play a direct role in mental health. Those who consume prebiotics regularly have fewer issues with anxiety and depression, unleashed by the stress hormone: cortisol.
How to Incorporate them into the Diet
Include in your diet fermented foods which are rich in probiotics, such as:
Yogurt, one of the best and most accessible source of probiotics as long as it states “live or active cultures” on the label
Sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables
Soft cheese (like Gouda, cottage)
Dark chocolate (a source of probiotics and probiotics)