Probiotics are all the rage right now, and have gotten tons of press for boosting immunity and gut health.
Yet chances are you’ve never heard of prebiotics, even though they are equally important.
Prebiotics and probiotics work synergistically to strengthen the intestinal wall, improve mineral absorption, and boost overall health.
Probiotics introduce good bacteria into the gut. They are live cultures found in foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and kefir. Probiotics are touted for helping digestion and boosting immunity.
So where do prebiotics fit in?
Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria. They’re specialized forms of dietary fiber that aren’t digested by the body, but rather are used to promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
When the good bacteria are happy, that’s when the body functions best.
Foods that contain high levels of prebiotics are chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, onions, garlic, bananas, dandelion and other greens.
This healthy smoothie includes both prebiotics and probiotics for optimal gut health. And if you eat a vegan diet, not to worry: you can use coconut milk kefir to replace the yogurt and still reap the benefits of probiotics.
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