Prebiotics and Probiotics

prebiotics-and-probioticsPrebiotics vs. Probiotics.  Your body is host to millions of living bacteria. As you digest your meal, these “friendly” bacteria help absorb vitamins and micronutrients, send internal signals to your immune system, while increasing your resistance and immunity to disease – from the inside out.

To increase these healthy beneficial bacteria, eat more natural probiotic foods or add probiotic supplements to your diet. Probiotics are live microorganisms like bacteria most often found in fermented foods like yogurt and cultured foods and beverages.

For optimal health, you should also consider adding prebiotics to your diet as well.

Prebiotics are the naturally occurring nutrients found in plants and foods containing dietary fibers that the probiotics feed on, together pre- and probiotics work together to keep your digestive system functioning smoothly. Combining sources of both probiotics and prebiotics will increase the amount of good bacteria in your intestines and “gut” and improve digestion and absorption.

Prebiotics and probiotics also promote body-wide positive health changes. When you improve your digestive health you also improve your immune system, you become less susceptible to many illnesses, lower your cholesterol levels, and even improve physical strength. Healthy digestion is vital to your overall physical and emotional health.

Your digestive system includes your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. This digestive system also houses your enteric nervous system, the system of neurons that influence your mood and emotions through the production and release of serotonin. Serotonin allows your body to send chemical messages between your central nervous system and your enteric nervous system. As an example, when you are stressed, or extremely nervous, your brain sends messages to your gut, and your stomach responded by churning or becoming distressed.

Direct physical effects of probiotics and prebiotics are simple to explain – no matter how well or how healthy you eat, if you are lacking the correct or proper amount of bacteria and enzymes directly related to pre and probiotics, your digestive system won’t properly break down and absorb the nutrients in your food. Food will fill your stomach, but you will not absorb the nutrients the food contains and your body won’t get what it needs to keep you healthy.

By simply adding foods containing probiotics and prebiotics or natural probiotic and prebiotic supplements to increase your natural beneficial bacteria you will help your body properly digest and absorb the nutrients you need from your food, you will boost your immunity to illness and quite possibly improve your overall physical and emotional health and wellness.

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