Nourishing your body with good bacteria for gut health

Probiotics are helpful bacteria and yeast that can be taken as a pill or in a powder. They are specific species that are important in balancing the gut bacteria community and help with digestion and immunity.

Prebiotics are nutrients that the generally “good” bacteria feed on and metabolize in order to grow and reproduce. Prebiotics tend to be short chain starches like inulin (chicory root) and many kinds of fiber that are not digestible by the upper part of the gut.

The following foods contain probiotics, used in the process of fermentation:

  • Almond yogurt
  • Attune bars
  • Dairy yogurt
  • Fermented soy: Tofu, tempeh, natto, miso, kefir
  • Soy yogurt
  • Yakult drink

Foods that are good sources of prebiotics include:

  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Banana
  • Burdock
  • Chicory root
  • Dandelion greens
  • Flaxseed
  • Globe artichoke
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Onion, garlic and leeks
  • Whole wheat, barley, rye
  • Yacon

If you have any questions about eating foods or supplementing with prebiotics and probiotics, please talk with Dr. Denitzio.