Prebiotics, probiotics, gut health. 4 interesting and important facts.
Prebiotics and probiotics stand behind a healthy digestive system. These two always come together and while probiotics are the good bacteria that help digest the food, prebiotic fibers are non-digestible parts of food, which are, in their essence, what probiotics feed on in order to survive.
01. Gut health may affect the size of your jeans. Did you know it helps you to manage your weight?
Many people suffer from digestive disorders, and very few know that taking probiotics can help the digestive system function properly and prevent unpleasant conditions such as irritable bowel, diarrhea or constipation. Probiotics are known for beneficial effects on gut bacteria, helping balance ‘’good’’ and ‘’bad’’ bacteria in the body, which is necessary for proper digestion. ‘’Good’’ bacteria help digest food and break it into particles without us feeling heavy.
Ane evenmore, probiotics can help with body weight regulation and reduce the belly fat, by ‘’eating’’ fiber our body can’t digest, which are prebiotics. Some sorts of probiotics can also block the absorption of certain types of fat, especially dairy fats, preventing further weight gain even with high-calorie diets, which, combined with proper nutrition and exercise, can further reduce belly fat.
02. Probiotics can help improve your mental health
Probiotics have the power to reduce bad bacteria and give good bacteria a boost, which affects not only the digestive system but mental health as well. It has been proven that probiotics help deal with depression, stress, and anxiety, making biological causes of these mental issues less severe, by balancing the organism. This is because they help balance levels of serotonin and cortisol, which are the main influencers of any mental health condition.
03. Probiotics can help with allergies and skin conditions
Some probiotics have the power to help us deal with unpleasant allergies and help our immune system ward off anything unpleasant. By taking probiotics and balancing the good bacteria, we also support the immune system and help it have a better reaction to allergies, meaning there will be less sniffling and less sneezing. Probiotics also help with some skin conditions, like eczema and atopic dermatitis, as they reduce inflammation and help soothe the skin from the inside.
04. Probiotics boost heart health
What few may know is that some probiotics also have the power to lower blood cholesterol by promoting normal HDL, lower triglycerides and therefore help the heart function better. Certain chemicals related to probiotics help regulate blood pressure and because of probiotics, our body does not have to waste so much energy on digesting hard-to-digest food, which means there is much less stress on the heart muscle.
Reinforce your prokaryotic arm of the microbiome to alter your intestinal ecosystem!
While prebiotics come from fiber found in carbs we eat and aren’t digestible, probiotics are the organisms that balance our digestive system by dissolving prebiotics. Probiotics can be taken as dietary supplements, but they are also found in some foods as well.
The use of prebiotics in conjunction with probiotics aims to restore healthy gut microbiota to control a variety of local and distant problems.
It is not necessary to take a prebiotic for probiotics to work but taking them might make your probiotics more effective.
Prebiotics: Foods rich in prebiotics
It is recommended to consume 5 g of prebiotics per day at least.
|Food||Content of prebioticts|
|Acacia (arabic) gum||1 tablespoon gives 6 grams of insoluble prebiotic fiber|
|Raw chicory root||64,6%|
|Raw Jerusalem artichoke (sunroot)||31,5%|
|Raw dandelion greens||24,3%|
|Baked wheat flour||4,8%|
|Apples||typical apple contains around 100 million bacteria; most of these bacteria are found in the seeds, the core only gives around 10 million bacteria|
Probiotics: Foods rich in probiotics
Active-culture yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea, tempeh, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, pickled fruits and vegetables, cultured condiments, fermented meat, fish, and eggs.
Vegan probiotics and special micellar prebiotic fibers from medicinal mushrooms and lyophilized powder from Manihot Esculenta known as manioc, tapioca or cassava in Proveotics by For Long Life support optimal digestive health and keeps your gut in optimal shape and peaks immune function.