Day 8 – Feeding Your Probiotics with Prebiotic foods
The term probiotic means “for life”. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can be found in various foods and supplements. When you eat probiotics, you add these healthy bacteria to your intestinal tract. Probiotic bacteria like lactobacilli are naturally found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha tea and yogurt. Some functional foods will have added probiotics to enhance the nutritional value of the food.
Prebiotics are non-digestible foods that make their way through our digestive system and help good bacteria grow and flourish. Unlike probiotics they are not living microorganisms. Prebiotics are the “food” that helps to nourish the probiotics. Prebiotics mostly come from carbohydrate fibers called oligosaccharides. You don’t digest them, so the oligosaccharides remain in the digestive tract and stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Sources of oligosaccharides include fruits, legumes (beans, lentils, soy), and whole grains (i.e. brown rice, quinoa, oats, barley, etc). The best way to get prebiotics into the system is with these food sources.
Are you meeting the challenge this week by ingesting probiotics from food or a supplement every day?
The challenge this week – Feed your flora! Let’s add to our healthy skin challenge dietary enhancements by including some prebiotic foods and really boost your skin’s defenses against inflammation and bring out the healthy glow from the inside out!
Try this Quinoa Bowl With Artichokes, Spring Onions and Peas for dinner tonight for a healthy source of prebiotic foods!