Probiotics are all the rage right now and there is probably good reason for it as more research comes out about the importance of gut health. I have seen a definite increase of probiotic supplements amongst my clients as well as foods promoting their probiotic components. Lately I also tried a food product that contained “prebiotics,” actually I eat prebiotic containing foods everyday and you probably eat them often too, but it was the first time in awhile that I saw a food label actually mention “prebiotics.” Let’s talk about what probiotics and prebiotcs, are how they may benefit your beauty and overall health, and how you get them in your diet.
(I chose to talk about prebiotics first since, probiotics get all the attention)
Simply put, prebiotics are the “food” for probiotics. They are non-digestible carbohydrates that feed probiotics and therefore promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our guts. “Superfoods” for your digestive system.
Prebiotics are fructooligosaccharides, such as inulin and galactooligosaccharides. These are found in foods such as bananas (hense why I have prebiotics in my diet almost every day), onion, asparagus, soybeans, artichokes, flax and chia seeds.
The easiest way to remember them – the “good bacteria” that help keep your gut healthy. Probiotics are live cultures that help balance the gut flora and promote overall improved health. Probiotics may boost immunity and have been shown to decrease symptoms of common digestive problems such as IBS. A healthy gut can also support a healthy glow promoting beauty from the inside out.
Probiotics can be found in supplemental form as well in foods including yogurt, cheese, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and kombucha.
Prebiotics and Probiotics work synergistically. Synbiotics are foods or supplements that contain both pre- and probiotics.
I’ve had the chance to try out LiveKuna ‘s synbiotic product, Organic Milled Chia + Live Cultures as a supplement to my beauty diet. Chia seeds are a prebiotic superfood that will help maximize the digestive benefits of the supplemental probiotics. I’ve been adding them into my overnight oats and into my smoothies, which also help slow the digestion of food to keep me full longer. See below for a refreshing Watermelon Smoothie recipe that is perfect for summer! Since I haven’t been using this product very long lately, I can’t really mention its benefits to my gut personally, so stay tuned for my long term benefits.
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I recommend including prebiotic and probiotic containing foods (mentioned above) into your healthy diet daily. Some people may benefit from an actual probiotic supplement depending on their health history or diagnosis of digestive issues. As well, research is ongoing so keep an eye out as we learn more about the benefits of a healthy gut.