What Are Prebiotics?

Many people know about probiotics and how they can be helpful in supporting healthy gut bacteria but something people don’t generally know as much what are prebiotics. This prebiotics can make it all the way to the colon before they begin to ferment similar to other fibers. 

Prebiotics are: “a group of nutrients that are degraded by gut microbiota” (1) and they are a “source of fuel to help enhance gut flora health” whereas probiotics…. (3)

What are the Benefits of Prebiotics?

Of course, they support healthy gut health but this also means that they can support (2):

  • Digestive health
  • Hormonal health 
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Immune health
  • And more!

Do I Need to Take A Probiotic? 

Unless otherwise stated by your healthcare professional, the answer is likely no. This is because you can get prebiotics from food sources such as:

  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Shallots
  • Grapefruit
  • Oats 
  • Bananas
  • Lentils 
  • Chickpeas
  • Soybeans
  • Kidney beans
  • And more!

How do I incorporate probiotic-rich foods into my diet?

  • Pack a banana in your lunch or add to a smoothie 
  • Make grain bowls or soups with lentils, chickpeas, or kidney beans
  • Have warming oats in the morning
  • Add flavour to your dishes with onions, leeks and shallots
  • Enjoy fresh grapefruit with your eggs and toast
  • Or add artichokes to a hearty salad 

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6463098/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23609775
  3. https://draxe.com/nutrition/supplements/prebiotics/

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