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Abbey is back with another episode of Toilet Talk to discuss the importance of having probiotics in your body and the many different foods you can eat that contain them.
Abbey starts off the episode by reading a letter from a fan complaining about irregularity who has been advised by many others to put more probiotics in her system. She says she doesn’t have any idea what a probiotic is or why it’s so important but if it will help her get back on a more regular schedule she’s glad to give it a shot.
Abbey lets her know she’s got her covered, but before she rushes out to buy a case of kombuchas she wants to break down for exactly what a probiotic is and why it’s important to anyone’s diet. The stomach is host to a wide range of bacteria, a large portion of which are what we consider good bacteria. They perform a wide variety of useful purposes in the digestion of food. These good bacteria are also known as probiotics. These probiotic bacteria are a crucial part of the body’s ability to maintain overall good health.
Early research suggests the probiotics may play a role in reducing the risk of IBD, lactose intolerance, headaches, anxiety, and depression. The same research also suggests it may play an important role in regards to bone health, immunity, regularity, and even blood sugar control. We are still just scratching the surface in understanding all of the different ways probiotics aid in proper health.
Now that you know how important probiotics are you may be wondering what the best source to get them from is. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods. Fermentation is the process of converting sugars into gases, acids, and alcohols as a way to preserve foods. When the process happens a whole range of beneficial enzymes and probiotics are also created. Some of Abbey’s favorite examples of fermented foods are: yogurt, tofu, sauerkraut, pickles, wine, beer, and of course kombucha. Keep in mind that all foods have calories and things like beer and wine should definitely be enjoyed in moderation. Abbey recommends getting your probiotics for a wide range of foods to compliment your overall diet and conveniently fit them into your day.
A discussion about probiotics cannot be had without mentioning prebiotics. Prebiotics set the stage for bad health. They are part of certain foods that we do not actually digest, in other words they become food for bacteria in your stomach. This in turn helps your gut bacteria do a better job. Some of Abbey’s favorite examples of prebiotics are: bananas, onions, leaks, garlic soybeans, asparagus, sunchokes, artichokes, and chicory root.
When you think about prebiotics and probiotics you want to think of them as a team. Try to eat food from the prebiotic category along with food from the probiotic category to give it a boost. A great example of this in action would be to add some banana to your yogurt.
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