GOOD BACTERIA, BAD BACTERIA, PREBIOTICS + PROBIOTICS
Inevitably, when discussing gut health and all this good bacteria, bad bacteria chit-chat, probiotics and prebiotics always come hand in hand.
SO, lets get the difference between the two straight-
Probiotics are known as ‘the friendly bacteria’ and can help maintain the balance of organisms in your intestines. These little guys are live cultures that play a key role in the fermentation and digestion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins plus they’re fundamental in nutrient absorption. Some of these ‘good bacteria’ include, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum, which can be found in all our delicious sparkling Kefirs!
Prebiotics on the other hand is the non-digestible part of foods like onions, garlic and the skin of an apple. This prebiotic fiber journeys through the small intestine undigested and is then fermented when it reaches the colon! This fermentation process serves the beneficial bacteria, like probiotics and helps to increase that number in our gut! All in all, it’s the vital food for the friendly bacteria to keep your gut running smoothly.
There is plenty of evidence to suggest that keeping your Microbiome diverse and balanced is the key to overall health, so don’t forget, NOT ALL BACTERIA IS BAD BACTERIA. BALANCE IS KEY.
Natural sources of Prebiotics include:
- Flax seeds & Chia seeds
- Jerusalem artichokes
Natural sources of Probiotics include:
- Fermented Pickles