02 May Nutritional Benefits of Prebiotics and Probiotics
Prebiotics and Probiotics. Two “buzz words” you hear nearly daily by this point, but what do they mean? Why are they so important for us and how do we strategically and safely include them into our diets?
With a little digging we can see what lies under the heap of media misinformation and just WHY these two nutritional elements should be on your radar!
Getting to Know Prebiotics
According to The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (isapp, 1.), Prebiotics are: “a substrate that is selectively utilized by host microorganism conferring a health benefit”.
In other words? Prebiotics FEED the bacteria in your body! Which is why it is essential to have the GOOD-for-your-gut bugs and where probiotics enter the picture.
Getting to Know Probiotics
According to ISAPP (isapp, 2), Probiotics are: “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit for the host”.
These microorganisms live in your gut and are an active topic of research globally. They are believed to assist in promoting an overall, healthy well-being by assisting with:
- A healthy immune system
- Optimal or improved digestion
- Decrease risk or duration of common infections
- Help reduce colic symptoms or eczema in infants
Cocowhip contains BOTH pre and probiotics! Making sure that you are not only ingesting the good gut bugs, but feeding them as well to make sure they are doing their job – and doing it well!
Each serving amazingly contains approximately 10 times the amount of probiotics than a cup of yogurt!
Where else can you find pre and probiotics? With the surge of interested in these two topics, it has become easier than ever to find!
Sources of Prebiotic Foods (3)
- Complex carbohydrates such as oats, brown rice and sweet potatoes
Sources of Probiotic Foods (4)
- Fermented sauerkraut
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What are you waiting for?! Go grab the Original Healthy Soft Serve and treat your gut right! Your body and taste buds will thank you! Find your nearest Cocowhip on our Locations page.
Author: Audrey Wright, Degree-certified Clinical Nutritionist and ACE Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist