Newsletter February 2014

Probiotics and food sources explained

 

Did you know that approximately 70% of your body’s immune defence system is in your gut! So it only makes sense that we start with the gut when trying to boost our own immunity.

“Friendly Bacteria” in the gut helps to keep your intestinal flora in balance, this bacterium has a very important role of health maintenance in the body; this ‘good bacteria’ is often referred to as Probiotics.

There are many different strains and species of probiotics, each with their own roles and benefits, a wide variety of these colonise our digestive system. Therefore making sure you are taking in a good variety of strains and species may be beneficial to your health.

Prebiotics are very simply put the “fibre that good bacteria eat”, therefore promoting further growth of good bacteria throughout the digestive tract, making the relationship between the good bacteria and their prebiotic foods a mutually beneficial one.

Your gut is an ecosystem in its own right, its home to 100 trillion microorganisms and contains more than 1000 different species, weighing approximately 1.5kg!”

Probiotics taken in the form of a supplement is a great way to get your gut health in tip top shape, delivering the microflora that your gut needs to perform at its best.

Some of our favourite probiotic supplement brands are our own Body Peace Multi-Flora Probio, OptiBac Probiotics and Renew Life Ultimate Flora which can be ordered directly from us and delivered to your door.

If taking supplements is not for you, then why not try to introduce some foods that have naturally occurring prebiotics and probiotics into your daily meals.

 

PREBIOTIC SOURCES

Apples

Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw, Unfiltered)

Asparagus

Jerusalem Artichokes

Bananas

Barley

Burdock

Chicory

Dandelion

Endive

Garlic

Honey

Leeks

Legumes

Maple Syrup

Oatmeal

Onion

Tomatoes

Wheat Berries

Wheat Germ

Sprouted Wheat Bread

 

PROBIOTIC SOURCES

Kefir (Probiotic Drink)

Kimchi (A spicy fermented Korean Cabbage)

Kombucha

Miso Soup (Unpasteurized)

Natto (Fermented Soybean)

Pickled / Fermented Beets

Pickled / Fermented Carrots

Pickled / Fermented Cucumber

Pickled/ Fermented Ginger

Sour Pickles (sea salt & water NOT vinegar)

Sauerkraut (Unpasteurized)

Soft Cheeses (Gouda)

Sourdough Bread

Soy Sauce (Unpasteurized)

Tempeh

Yoghurt with live / active cultures

 

Love your gut, love your health.