MetabolizePMD: Gut Health — Prebiotics vs. Probiotics
Gut health is a hot topic these days. Studies suggest gut health can affect numerous other aspects of your health. But what is gut health exactly? Why is it important? And what is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics? Greenville health coach Caiti Nascarella explains.
Watch the video below for more info and read on for a brief recap.
What is gut health (aka the microbiome)?
This term refers to the microorganisms present in our GI tract. It is the large quantity of bacteria, both good and bad, that resides in our gut.
Why is gut health important?
1) Helps us digest and obtain nutrients from our food
2) Communicates w/immune system to keep us healthy and well
3) Helps control inflammation
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are the food source for the good bacteria in the gut or for the probiotics we introduce through diet and supplementation. Prebiotics come from fiber sources (fruits, veggies, grains) and include things like berries, apples, bananas, beans, oats, and bran.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are either naturally occurring in fermented foods or grown in labs and used in supplements. They can help restore gut health by introducing beneficial bacteria. Examples of probiotics include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and kombucha.
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