Probiotics are bacteria present in a person’s digestive tract, and they help support the body’s immunity and ability to absorb nutrients. Consuming probiotics and prebiotics can help keep a healthy and balanced digestive system and gut.
Probiotics occur naturally in cultured and fermented foods. Examples of food with naturally occurring probiotics: yogurt, kefir, miso, raw dairy, sourdough bread and starter, sauerkraut, kimchi and all other fermented veggies, kombucha and many cheeses.
Prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fiber compound. Prebiotics help feed probiotics. Prebiotics include raw chicory root, raw garlic, raw or cooked onions, raw asparagus, raw dandelion greens, raw leeks, raw jicama and underripe bananas.
I eat food that has naturally occurring pro and prebiotics in it and I supplement with The Beauty Chef products. This brand has amazing probiotic products (both liquid and powder), that I add to a glass of water, filled with a plethora of fermented legumes, seeds and fruits.
*be wary of many probiotic brands out there; often they are loaded with chemicals, preservatives and fillers. Make sure that every ingredient is a real food. This is why I don’t take conventional probiotic supplements, but instead eat and drink fermented foods and drink!