Prebiotics vs Probiotics
The health of our gut is immensely important, and we now know the link between gut inflammation, skin inflammation, mood disorders, lowered immunity, and a multitude of other health conditions which are influenced by the state of our gut and the diversity of our microbiota.
Studies show that cultivating diverse and beneficial gut flora is the key to strong immunity, robust digestion, detoxification, balanced moods, balanced hormones, weight loss, and longevity. It is this internal complex ecosystem, our microbiome, which keeps us in good health.
Eating prebiotic foods is a great way to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria. Prebiotics have been shown to effect significant, positive changes in the microbiome. That’s because prebiotic fibre cannot be broken down and absorbed by our digestive tract. Instead, it travels to the colon where it serves as food for health-promoting species in the gut.
Slightly green bananas
Resistant starch is an important prebiotic for the gut too:
Green banana flour – use in cooking
Raw potato starch- use in cooking or to thicken sauces
Brine cured olives
Apple Cider Vinegar
Increasing healthy bacteria will be easier if you don’t have a high amount of pathogenic bacteria. For example, patients who have a parasite in their gut, often have low numbers of healthy bacteria. Always aim to encourage the increase of healthy bacteria in your gut after/ or alongside removing the nasty bacteria.
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Yvette is a qualified Melbourne-based Naturopath and Nutritionist, MINDD Practitioner, member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, and Complementary Medicine Association. Yvette specialises in the treatment of digestive complaints, skin issues, mood disorders, hormonal concerns, fatigue, and also has a key interest in children’s digestive and neurological conditions. Yvette consults Australia-wide via Zoom. Book HERE
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