Boost Your Gut Health with Probiotics and Prebiotics: A Beginner’s Guide

What are probiotics and prebiotics?

Okay, so let’s start with the basics. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your gut health. They’re naturally found in your body, and you can also get them from food and supplements. On the other hand, prebiotics are non-digestible fibres that feed the good bacteria in your gut, promoting their growth.

Benefits of probiotics and prebiotics

Now, let’s talk about the good stuff. Adding probiotics and prebiotics to your diet has a ton of benefits, like improving your digestion, boosting your immune system, reducing inflammation, and aiding in weight loss. And you don’t just have to take our word for it – there’s plenty of scientific evidence to back it up!

How to incorporate probiotics and prebiotics into your diet

Adding probiotics and prebiotics to your diet is easier than you think. You can find them in a variety of foods, like yogurt (lots of plant based versions out there, our fav is coconut), kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi. You can also take supplements if you’re not getting enough from your diet. However Dr. Alan Desmond who we created our Gut Health Revolution Course with says ‘Despite a thriving probiotic industry – one that is worth a massive $70 billion a year – there is surprisingly little evidence to support the health claims often made by probiotic companies‘ And the best part? You can enjoy probiotic fermented foods in so many delicious ways, like adding sauerkraut to your sandwich or drinking a refreshing glass of kombucha.

Vegan sources of probiotics and prebiotics

If you’re following a plant based or vegan diet, don’t worry most probiotic foods are plant based! Fermented foods like tempeh and miso are great options, as well as plant-based yogurts and Kombucha. You can also try making your own fermented foods at home – it’s easier than you think!

Precautions when consuming probiotics and prebiotics

While adding probiotics and prebiotics to your diet is generally safe, there are a few things to keep in mind. Be aware of possible allergic reactions, and don’t overconsume – too much of a good thing can have negative effects. If you’re unsure, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian.

Conclusion

Incorporating probiotics and prebiotics into your diet is an easy and delicious way to improve your gut health and overall well-being. By following the tips in this article and consuming a variety of foods rich in these beneficial bacteria, you can achieve optimal gut health and lead a happier, healthier life. And if you want to take it to the next level, check out our Gut Health Revolution Course – it’s a game-changer!

By David and Stephen Flynn

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Dr Alan Desmond, AKA the Devon Gut Doctor, is Board Certified in both Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine. He actively promotes a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet, particularly for patients with chronic digestive disorders.

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