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Prebiotics and Probiotics: Why Some Bacteria Is Good for You

Yogurt parfait with slices of banana on topWondering how to keep your digestive system happy? Eat foods containing prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics are the nondigestible part of carbohydrates that act as food for beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria themselves. Working together, prebiotics and probiotics promote good digestive health and may protect against germs that cause bloating, gas and diarrhea. For a good mix of prebiotics and probiotics, start your day off right with a yogurt parfait, including plain yogurt, sliced banana, spoonful of honey and a sprinkle of wheat germ!

According to the Mayo Clinic, many high-fiber foods contain prebiotics, with the following foods being the main sources:

· artichokes

· bananas

· barley

· berries

· chicory

· dairy products

· flax

· garlic

· greens, such as dandelion greens, chard and kale

· honey

· leeks

· legumes

· onions

· soybeans

· wheat and whole grains, such as oatmeal

Probiotics can be found in cultured and fermented foods such as:

· yogurt

· kefir

· buttermilk

· tempeh

· sauerkraut

· aged cheese

· kimchi

· miso

While no specific guidelines exist for how much prebiotics and probiotics you should eat regularly, stress, poor diet, untreated food sensitivities, antibiotic use and other factors can deplete healthy bacteria. Including prebiotics and probiotics in your diet on a regular basis helps boost healthy bacteria numbers in your digestice tract and helps you maintain good digestive and immune health. Many dietary supplements are on the market today, but the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends getting these ingredients naturally through food when possible for quicker absorption and digestion.  

Try these recipes to add more prebiotics and probiotics to your diet:

Protein-Rich Smoothie with Wheat Germ and Chia Seeds

Homemade Basil Pesto with Wheat Germ

Lentil Wheat Germ Salad

What are your favorite foods for boosting nutrition naturally?