Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Why you need to be taking a Probiotic, Prebiotic, and Digestive Enzyme:
Many of us have heard of probiotics, but have you heard of prebiotics or digestive enzymes?
These are the trifecta of a healthy gut, and a healthy gut is everything! They say your gut is like your second brain, and for very good reasons. Here is a quick breakdown of your gut and how it affects your WHOLE body:
You may have more bacteria in your body than cells, and most of those bacteria are good for you. They help you digest food and can be good for your physical and mental health. Your gut microbiome is where the good bacteria try hard to overcome the bad bacteria and keep them in check so you stay healthy.
Studies show that the balance of bacteria in the gut microbiome may affect your emotions and the way your brain processes information from your senses, like sights, sounds, flavors, or textures. Scientists suspect that changes in that balance may play a role in conditions like autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and depression, as well as chronic pain.
PROBIOTICS are LIVE bacteria that may be able to help prevent and treat some illnesses and also help promote a healthy digestive tract and a healthy immune system. Foods that contain this: yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha.
PREBIOTICS are a special form of dietary fiber that acts as a fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut and helps nourish the good bacteria. Foods that contain this: almonds, garlic, chickpeas.
DIGESTIVE ENZYMES help your body break down food into nutrients. These enzymes can be easily disrupted by the foods you eat, alcohol, smoking, nutrient deficiencies, illnesses, and many other things. Foods that contain this: avocado, banana, kimchi, sauerkraut.
Maintaining a healthy gut is extremely important and it is not talked about enough! I like to use one supplement that contains all three, as well as eat foods that contain them. If you have any additional questions or need a supplement recommendation, please feel free to reach out.