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Why and How to Get Pre and Probiotics through Whole Foods

As researchers learn more and more about the gut microbiome, we’re finding that gut health isn’t just about avoiding tummy trouble. Good gut health is critical for keeping your body running smoothly overall, from immune function to athletic performance. And good gut health is influenced by having good bacteria and yeast in your gut, in the form of probiotics. You’ve likely seen probiotics and prebiotics in supplement form, but did you know that it’s easy to get both from whole foods?

Here, TrueSport Expert Stephanie Miezin, MS, RD, CSSD, explains what probiotics and prebiotics do, as well as how your athlete can easily incorporate each into their meals.

What are probiotics and prebiotics?

Probiotics are the types of microbes found in fermented foods that confer benefits to the host (us!) when eaten. They can help ease gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, gas, and diarrhea…and perhaps even help your body better absorb nutrients.

The fuel for gut bacteria or microbes comes in the form of prebiotics, which are fermentable carbohydrates. These fermentable carbohydrates need to travel all the way into the large intestines and colon where the good bacteria are waiting.

The gut bacteria eat and ferment the prebiotics, and then they become happier and healthier. The healthier they are, the more diverse and strong your gut microbiome becomes, and that makes you healthier overall.

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