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It Takes Two: Prebiotics and Probiotics

Everyone’s talking about probiotics these days – the enzymes and bacteria that help regulate digestion, support immunity, and generally make you feel good. Prebiotics are another, equally important component of a healthy diet. But what exactly are they?

It Takes Two: Prebiotics and Probiotics

 

Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You

Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, rather they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Basically, prebiotics and probiotics work together to make sure everything stays on track and regular.

Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including your immune system, colon health, and digestion system.

How to Eat More Prebiotics:

To optimize the environment for probiotics, it’s recommended to consume an accompanying prebiotic. Synbiotics are foods or supplements that contain both prebiotics and probiotics. Don’t let the fancy name intimidate you, it’s very simple. If you’re making kefir smoothies or pouring it over granola, you’re eating a synbiotic meal.

Foods that contain prebiotics include fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and pasta. Simply pair them with probiotic-rich foods like kimchi, miso, tempeh, or kefir.

Breakfast

Try our Probiotic Kefir Smoothie Bowl with Lifeway Lowfat Plain Kefir, bananas, chopped nuts, and seeds for a synbiotic meal full of healthy fats, fiber, protein, potassium, and calcium.

Lunch

Take a new twist on your deli sandwich by holding the mayo and slathering on a delicious kefir dip as a spread. Choose whole wheat bread and a side salad with Kefir Ranch Dressing.

Dinner

Start springtime off right with our Spring Vegetable Pasta! Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E, K and folate, and a good source of prebiotics, too!

For more synbiotic recipe inspiration, check out our Pinterest Page.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18313433
http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrient-rich-foods/prebiotics-and-probiotics-the-dynamic-duo
http://news.health.com/2014/08/27/health-benefits-of-bananas/