Prebiotics vs. Probiotics

Nutrition

Prebiotics are foods that naturally stimulate the growth of bacteria within the gut. Often, we hear the word bacteria and automatically think this can’t be good, but in this case it’s actually what we want. There are so many benefits to having the right amount of good bacteria is our gut. Research has found it can actually support our immune system, reduce inflammation and aid in digestion just to name a few.

Probiotics are live microorganisms naturally found in some foods and in supplemental form. It’s important to keep in mind that all probiotic supplements are not the same. They vary by stains, quality, function and the amount of colony forming units (CFU’s). Different probiotic strains have different functions. Some are beneficial for digestive and immune health and some for women’s health. CFU’s are the amount of living microorganisms provided in a single serving or capsule depending on the product.

One of the best ways to improve the health of your gut and support your immune system is by incorporating a combination of pre and probiotics into your diet. Below is a list of prebiotic and probiotic foods, and some of my favorite supplements!


Prebiotic Foods = Promote Growth 

  • Artichokes
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Asparagus
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Leeks
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Bananas
  • Flax seed
  • Legumes

Probiotic Foods = Live Cultures 

  • Yogurt (Coconut Yogurt is a good dairy alternative)
  • Kefir (Non-Dairy Options available at most grocery stores)
  • Kimchi
  • Miso
  • Kombucha (Health Aid Ginger Lemon is my favorite!)
  • Kimchi
  • Pickles

Shop My Favorite Probiotic Supplements 

FloraMend Prime Probiotic- Immune & Gastrointestinal Support 

UltraFlora Womens- Feminine Health

Jarro-Dophilus Infant-Infant Formula 

Flora Bites- Chewable Probiotic for Children

 

XX- Lauren

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