So you’ve probably heard of probiotics; those diminutive little bacterium that live in your tummy and keep you healthy, happy and sane. Well, in order to keep your little belly bugs alive, you have to feed them the good stuff and that’s where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are insoluble dietary fibers that provides a food source for probiotics and promote healthy intestinal flora.
Prebiotics are unaffected by heat and can’t be digested; this means you can cook foods containing prebiotics without affecting them.
Prebiotics come in two different kinds of fructooligosaccharides (oligofructose and inulin) which help to nourish the probiotic bacteria in your body. This in turn improves digestion, promotes immune systems, increases metabolism and boosts your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
An increase in your metabolic rate will mean you burn more calories every day and that you have more energy. An effective metabolism means an improved ability to absorb nutrients which makes for a happier, healthier you.
The Human Microbiome Project conducted a study recently which found that the body is made up of more microbes than human cells. That’s right; your body is seething with bacteria, but before you call the germ police, bacteria come in both good and bad varieties and good bacteria (probiotics) are vital to the healthy functioning of our bodies.
Probiotics aid in the absorption of nutrients from our food and play a crucial role in the manufacturing of hormones. Bacteria are essential for the efficient processing of food and the extraction of vitamins. They produce anti-inflammatories and even control your mood. These diminutive beasties are really essential to keeping you healthy and happy.
Probiotics occur naturally in a wide variety of foods. Unfortunately, our propensity for processed foods and the widespread use of anti-bacterial products has led to a deficiency of probiotics in the modern diet. Always choose organic products which have pre and probiotic content. Healthy snacks like those from Shasha Co. contain pre and probiotics that are resistant to heat so they retain their good bacteria through the baking process.
Prebiotics and Probiotics explained
Probiotics are microscopic bacterial organisms that, when consumed in the right quantities, are beneficial to the host (that’s you!) There are many different kinds of bacteria that make up the probiotic family and they can mostly be found in fermented foods such as yogurt and soy yogurt.
There are 20 times more bacteria than there are cells in your body. In fact, up to a pound of your bodyweight can be attributed to these diminutive beasties. Not all bacteria are good, and it’s suggested that you maintain an 85% good to 15% bad bacteria ratio – a level that few of us meet. Continue reading
Prebiotics and Probiotics Explained
If the thought of bacteria has you reaching for your hand sanitizer, you may not be overly pleased to know that your body is a hotbed of bacterial activity. Not all bacteria are bad and it’s the bacteria in your digestive system that helps you to effectively break down food and absorb its nutritional content. Without bacteria, life on earth would not be possible.
So central are bacteria to our wellbeing that the appendix, previously regarded as an expendable organ of questionable worth, is the quartermaster of bodily bacteria. It keeps a wide variety of bacteria fundamental to the effective digestion of food. Now that there are so many of us all crammed together, we share bacteria so regularly that the poor appendix has once more become obsolete. Continue reading