What to know about prebiotics

There’s a lot of different ways we can make our bodies happy and healthy. However, there’s a lot of types of food that may sound confusing to us. To help you out, we’re talking about everything you need to know about prebiotics, and why they’re so important for us.

Prebiotics, not to be confused with probiotics, are types of food which are essential in making sure your gut is healthy and your digestive system works correctly. By eating prebiotic foods, this helps healthy bacteria grow in your lower stomach and keeps your gut health in check. Prebiotic foods are usually found in fruits, vegetables, and grains such as bananas, asparagus, oats, and wheat. So, you’ve probably been getting your fill of prebiotic foods on a daily basis without even knowing it.

In addition to keeping your gut happy and healthy, prebiotics have a ton of other benefits too. They’re key in helping our bodies consume calcium, strengthening your digestive system so you won’t be constipated, can affect your blood sugar levels, and also keep the cells lining your gut healthy. 

Even though prebiotics are chock full of benefits, there are a few things to keep in mind. For those who struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition of the large intestine, eating too many prebiotic foods can actually make symptoms of IBS worse in some cases. Symptoms of the condition include abdominal pain, severe bloating, diarrhea, and gas. So, if you struggle with IBS then just be mindful of the amount of prebiotic foods you’re eating so that they don’t cause any more discomfort. 

By eating a good balance of both prebiotic and probiotic foods, this will improve your gut health tremendously, which has great benefits. A healthy gut is directly related to a strong immune system, decreased depression, and reducing your chances of obesity. 

Prebiotic Foods:

Bananas:

In addition to simply being delicious, bananas are packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Perhaps best of all, they’re the perfect “on the go” food.

Cocoa Powder:

Derived from cacao beans, not only do these seeds create mouthwatering chocolate, but it also has great benefits. They’re full of anti-inflammatory properties, and can be added to a variety of meals such as yogurt, oatmeal, and smoothies. Breakfast has never tasted so good.

Flaxseed:

These seeds are great for managing bowel movements and helps reduce the amount of fat you absorb. Even though it can’t be eaten like a regular fruit or vegetable, they’re great to blend with a smoothie or throw on top of some yogurt in the morning.

Jicama Root:

If you’ve never heard of this food item before, you’re probably not alone. Jicama hails from the bean family and is known for its root that’s edible. They don’t have much taste, but its crunchy texture is perfect for throwing on a salad. In addition to improving gut health, they also can help control blood sugar levels and strengthen your immune system.

Knowing what goes into your body is key in making sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Lucky for us, prebiotic foods come in many shapes and forms that makes it easy for us to enjoy them.

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