Why We Need Both Probiotics & Prebiotics


Why We Need Both Probiotics and prebiotics

— Jayde, Gut Health Nutritionist @reclaimedhealthjayde

The Importance Of Gut Health

Our gut dictates every part of the body, from digestion to the immune system, brain, skin, and hormones. If your gut health is not functioning properly, you will inevitably be susceptible to other health issues. So, it is crucial to support gut health for overall health.

The Function of Probiotics

Probiotics are a beneficial bacteria that support our gut balance, which has an impact on our overall health. They are known as living organisms that provide a wide array of health benefits ranging from strengthening the immune system to improving brain function. Sauerkraut, low-sugar kombucha, and kimchiIt are all great ways to add probiotic-rich foods into our everyday diets.

The Function of Prebiotics

Prebiotics are indigestible fibres that feed our beneficial gut bacteria. Our body is not able to fully breakdown probiotics, so this allows them to go into the upper area of the gastrointestinal tract undigested. As they make their way through the small intestine and reach the colon, they are fermented by our gut bacteria. The beneficial bacteria feast on the fermented fibres which allows them to produce necessary essential nutrients to help nourish the digestive system. 

Together, prebiotics and probiotics work to create a healthy environment within the gut. They both play a huge role in maintaining a healthy balance and bacterial diversity in the gut which open the door for heightened levels of health in general.

What Are The Benefits of Prebiotics?

1) Improved digestion

2) Stronger immune system

3) Hormonal balance

4) Better nutrient absorption

5) Sustainable weight loss

6) Natural detoxification

7) Stress support

8) Better gut health!

Which Foods Contain Prebiotics?

1) Chicory root

2) Asparagus

3) Green bananas

4) Garlic onions

5) Jicama

6) Dandelion greens 

7) Oats & flax seeds

8) Welo bars!

Welo bars Have Prebiotics From Chicory Root

Chicory root contains inulin which is a type of fiber known as a fructan or fructooligosaccharide. It is high in antioxidant compounds that protect the liver from oxidative damage. The inulin in chicory root fiber moves through the digestive tract undigested and then feeds the beneficial gut bacteria. This process can aid in healthy digestion, increases bile production and allows for healthy bowel movements. 

Welo Bars Have Prebiotics From Oats

Oats are a healthy grain that contains prebiotic benefits. They also contain high amounts of beta-glucan fibre which has been linked with healthy gut bacteria. 

Blogger Spotlight

New Blogger Spotlight We are so excited to welcome Jayde (aka @reclaimedhealthjayde on Instagram) to our blog! She is a Gut Health Nutritionist and is passionate about helping others heal their gut. Visit her Instagram for lots of healthy gluten-free recipes! 

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