Love Your Gut
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Love Your Gut

Sure we all want a set of killer abs. Yes there are things we can do to tighten and tone our tummies but did you know that your gut health is just as important to your body as the amount of fat you have around your belly? Keeping your digestive track working optimally will help you maintain your weight goals as well as help you to feel better.

 

To get your digestion working optimally you must be aware of both prebiotics and probiotics. Most people have seen the yogurt commercials advertising probiotics but prebiotics are not advertised nearly as much. So let’s explain how all this works.

 

Your body has “good” and “bad” bacteria in your digestive track that is meant to help you digest and absorb the food you eat. This process functions correctly when both types bacteria are balanced.  Things like medication, diet, food and your environment can effect this balance.

 

Probiotics are live bacteria that are found in fermented food such as yogurt and sauerkraut. These bacteria are said to help relieve common ailments such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections, skin disorders, lactose intolerance, and prevention of respiratory infections.  There are many types of probiotics. Each type of bacteria has its own use within the body. Some of the most common types of probiotics include: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Saccharomyces boulardii, Streptococcus thermophilus, Enterococcus faecium and Leuconostoc. The role of these bacteria are to add to the other bacteria in your system. These can be destroyed prior to reaching the colon in the digestive process.

 

Prebiotics are non-digestible food that help promote the growth of the beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract. These are called non-digestible because they are not destroyed or absorbed as they move through your digestive system. These are typically forms of carbohydrates.

 

The list below gives some examples of both probiotic and prebiotic foods. That can help get your gut back into shape or maintain a healthy digestive tract.

 

PROBIOTICS

– Yogurt

– Kefir

– Sauerkraut

– Miso soup

– Kombucha tea

 

PREBIOTICS

– Whole wheat

– Brown rice

– Raw oats

– Kiwi fruit

– Kale

 

You can also get both prebiotics and probiotics in supplement form if you cannot get them from your food. Remember to use food as your medicine and if you can incorporate these foods into your diet your gut will thank you.

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