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Gut Health: Q & A

Posted on 11th Jan 2019

By: Sydney Bishop, RDN, LDN

What is Gut Health?

Gut health is being free of any stomach or bowel problems. The Gut is also called your GI or Gastrointestinal tract. When your GI tract is in good health, it means that you are digesting and absorbing food in your stomach well, your immune system is strong, there are normal and stable bacteria in your body and you are free of GI illnesses.


What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in our gut and promote good digestion.


What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are the food source for probiotics.


What are some sources of Prebiotics?

Prebiotics mainly come from fiber. Sources include whole grains, oats, beans, asparagus, garlic, bananas, onions, honey, artichokes and more.


What are some sources of Probiotics?

Some common sources of Probiotics are: Yogurt, kefir, goat milk, cottage cheese, dark chocolate, tempeh, kimchi, kombucha, buttermilk, sauerkraut, miso soup, pickles, etc.


Why are Probiotics Important?

Probiotics improve the balance of intestinal flora (natural bacteria) in your body, promote good digestion (bowel movements) and boost your immune system (fights infections).

Are Probiotics Necessary?

While they are not necessary, research has shown that they are a safe addition to the diet that typically results in many health benefits. Benefits include, but are not limited to, treating diarrhea, restoring natural gut bacteria following antibiotics, preventing yeast infections and urinary tract infections, relieving symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and keeping cold and flu germs away.

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