Prebiotics – Feeding your little helpers will prove helpful

Lets clarify certain misconceptions of prebiotics and probiotics. As most of you know, there are businesses in the health and supplement sector, whose sole purpose is to take money from you. They will try to sell you supplements with prebiotic effects. Fact of the matter is...

...there is nothing like the real thing!

Pre-biotics in their purest form are certain fruits and vegetables that the enzymes in your small intestine have difficulty digesting. Therefore, these foods are passed on to your large intestine for the probiotic bacteria in your large intestine to process.

When I say process, I mean the probiotic bacteria in your gut will eat these foods and will produce required vitamins for your body; facilitating the maintenance of your good bacteria population...

This is always a good thing, if you look at it from your body’s defence perspective. So, pre-biotics are foods for probiotic supplements and the gut flora in your gastrointestinal tract.

Some of the foods considered as prebiotic are as follows:

  • Apple
  • Barley
  • Citrus
  • Legumes
  • Oats
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Banana
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Onions

Please note, all fruits and vegetables are prebiotic to some extent, nonetheless, foods like the ones above are more so, consequently, more effective.

To get the most out of prebiotic foods and probiotics, I recommend you take a look at my free minerals and vitamins food guide.

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