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CENTSABLE HEALTH: Probiotics

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What are probiotics?

Whitney Packebush, Fareway Dietitian says, "Let's start with some definitions. Probiotics are live, active cultures that produce compounds to improve the health of your intestines. They flourish in your intestinal tract to help remove harmful bacteria. Prebiotics are indigestible compounds that stimulate the growth of bacteria. They are found naturally in fruits, veggies, legumes and whole grains and are a source of fuel for good bacteria."

Matt Breen asked "So, which one should I be eating?" Whitney Packebush, Fareway Dietitian says "Both. However, probiotics have been shown to be more helpful in improving digestion, immunity and infection resistance in studies. It's also been found to help alleviate symptoms of: irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and sensitivities, common cold, constipation, Crohn's disease, eczema, hay fever, infection, ulcerative colitis, stress and increase immunity."

Matt Breen asked "Where can you find probiotics?" Whitney Packebush, Fareway Dietitian says "Probiotics are found in dairy foods, namely yogurt. Because yogurts vary widely, always check the ingredients list for live, active cultures like lactobacilli or bifidobacteria. Probiotics are often found in fermented foods and supplements, but always speak with your health care provider before beginning a new supplement regimen. With your probiotics, make sure to get plenty of prebiotics to keep them growing. Aim for more fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Sources of prebiotics (non-digestible food ingredients that feed bacteria): bananas, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, artichokes, soybeans, oatmeal, whole wheat products, honey, maple syrup. Sources of probiotics (live bacteria in the digestive tract) yogurt, Gouda cheese, Kefir, sourdough bread, supplements.

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