Probiotics are good bacteria that help to keep your digestive system healthy, and in turn, protect the whole body. You can increase the probiotics in your body through foods such as yogurt, kefir, and other fermented foods including sauerkraut, kimchi and tempeh.
Prebiotics, on the other hand, are non-digestible foods that make their way through your digestive system and act as food for probiotics. Prebiotics help the good bacteria (probiotics) grow and flourish. Prebiotics are not bacteria, they are specific nutrients which are naturally occurring in whole grains, fruits and legumes.
Probiotics and prebiotics work together. While you can load up on probiotics, it won’t do your body much good if you continue to eat a diet devoid of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as the probiotics will have nothing to feed on to help promote the health of good bacteria.
This Lentil Chili recipe is a great source for prebiotics. Besides the lentils, it contains, black beans, carrots, celery, onion, and red pepper. Whip up a batch on Sunday and you have lunch for the week.
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“Your gut – it’s the core of your health.”
– Dr. Gerard Mullin
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