In this blog I’d like to share the importance and difference between prebiotic and probiotic foods with you.

To start, prebiotic foods are fiber compounds that cannot be digested by the human body but that are digested by the beneficial bacteria in the human digestive tract. Some prebiotic foods that you can incorporate into your diet to feed your gut microbiome include:

  • Asparagus
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Bananas
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Leeks
  • Chia seeds
  • Oatmeal
  • Legumes
  • Chicory Root
  • Dandelion Greens

On the other hand, probiotic foods are those that contain the “good” bacteria that help our digestive system and control the growth of harmful bacteria. The good bacteria are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Here are some examples of probiotic foods that you can incorporate into your diet to populate your gut microbiome: 

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Kimchi
  • Tempeh
  • Kombucha

Here is an awesome and easy prebiotic recipe for chia pudding. Chia seeds are an ancient seed that makes a wonderful water-soluble prebiotic pudding.

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Dr. Trish Murray is a highly accomplished physician certified in internal medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, energy medicine, and functional medicine. In addition, she is a best-selling author and the Health Catalyst Speaker. She is the founder of Discover Health Functional Medicine Center in Conway, New Hampshire and has collaborated with four other wellness professionals to create Discover Health Movement Membership.

 

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