Prebiotics – Fertilizer for Probiotics
Prebiotics have been the number one thing people have been asking for lately. A lot of customers asking for them don’t even know what they are or how they differ from probiotics (also referred to as acidophilus).
So, what are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are found in certain foods and their role is to feed the good bacteria in your gut so it can multiply and flourish. This is important because we need probiotics (good bacteria) in the gut to help with high blood pressure, irregular bowel movements, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Chrohn’s Disease, a healthy immune system, candida overgrowth, asthma, calcium absorption, and, since it helps with pH balance, it can help guard us against certain cancers.
In what foods can we find prebiotics?
Foods that contain undigested plant fibers called inulin are considered prebiotics. These raw foods contain inulin: Chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, dandelion greens, garlic, leeks, onions, asparagus, wheat bran and soybeans. Remember that only when these foods are consumed raw do they contain inulin.
How often are you eating these foods raw? Think about this if you haven’t already: Raw onions on hotdogs and hamburgers at a cookout this summer or, raw asparagus and baby dandelion greens in the salad at your next barbecue. Eating these raw foods along with taking a probiotic from your local health food store is a great way to keep your digestive tract on the right track.
We sell probiotics with prebiotics in the same capsule. Look on the information panel on your bottle of probiotics and if it contains inulin or FOS (fructooligosaccharides) then you have the best of both worlds in one product.
Some people may tell you that the fiber in fruits such as bananas and berries contain small amounts of prebiotics. Well, they are right but, they contain a lot of sugar too, so, it defeats the purpose of using these foods for prebiotic content. Remember, sugar kills the good bacteria because sugar is food for bad bacteria.
With 4 lbs. of bacteria lining our intestines, we have to be proactive in keeping it beneficial bacteria. Too many things work toward destroying good bacteria: Stress, antibiotic use, breathing polluted air, alcohol consumption and a poor diet consisting of sugar and processed foods. Basically, just living kills off beneficial bacteria, but, just a capsule a day can bring it back.
Go into your health food store today and start feeling better.