Holiday Health and Slimdown ~ Feed Your Gut
So while you continue to indulge on dinners, celebrate with sweet drinks and let up on your regular work out routine, you can still keep your bodies in shape from the inside out. The best way to keep the gut in top shape is by ingesting and contributing to your healthy bacteria with probiotics and then feeding those healthy bacteria with prebiotics. Both are as equally important as the other.
Probiotics are live microorganisms (e.g., bacteria) that are either the same as or similar to microorganisms found naturally in the human gut. Also referred to as “good bacteria” probiotics are available to consumers in oral products such as cultured yogurts, kefir, supplements and my favorite, fermented foods... such as kombucha, sauerkraut, miso soup, pickles in which vinegar was not used in the fermenting process and tempeh.
Prebiotics are food that feed your flora or good bacteria, otherwise known soluble fiber. Conversely, insoluble fiber (the more well known fiber) is the leftover food particles that the human digestive system cannot process nor digest, effecting the stool’s volume and excretion. But soluble fiber is the type of fiber that our gut flora can actually consume and ferment. You can find prebiotics in foods such as asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, leeks, chicory root, garlic, dandelion greens, bananas, oatmeal, red wine, honey, maple syrup, and legumes. Consider eating prebiotic foods on their own or with probiotic foods to give the probiotics an extra boost.
...Just remember the more you take care of your gut, the more it will take care of you!