We’ve all heard that saying “you are what you eat” but it’s more true than you may realize.
Every single thing we put into our bodies has some sort of impact on our digestive system and therefore, the rest of our body too, our mental health is included in this!
Just recently we spoke about the importance of probiotics for a healthy gut and beautiful skin, and today we’d like to let you in on two more superstars, both of which are needed alongside your probiotics for optimal results.
Your gut is home to trillions (yes you read that right!) of bacteria which not only aid in digesting your food they help to disperse nutrients throughout your body. In fact, we have more bacteria in our body than we do cells!
Digestive enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics are the holy trio for ensuring your gut is healthy and strong so you can enjoy excellent health and feel incredible!
Digestive enzymes are microscopic protein molecules that help to break down fat, protein and carbs in the body. By breaking food molecules down into their “building blocks” they can easily be absorbed into the gut and from there sent out into the bloodstream for utilization.
A lack of digestive enzymes can lead to poor digestion and malnutrition. Some foods that have natural enzymes include banana, papaya, pineapple, kefir, kiwi, honey, ginger and avocados.
We’ve all heard of probiotics, but prebiotics are not nearly as popular, in fact you may have never even heard of them.
We don’t want to confuse you, so all you need to know is that it’s a type of fiber that helps to feed and promote healthy gut bacteria so it makes sense you’d need prebiotics to ensure your probiotics function optimally.
Prebiotics are found naturally in fruits, vegetables and legumes, since they are a type of fiber. While your body may not be able to digest it, the good bacteria in your gut can!
Some of our favorite prebiotics include bananas, oats, cocoa and garlic, to name just a few!
Ah, so this may feel like more familiar ground for you! As mentioned in our probiotic post, when good bacteria is introduced into your gut, a barrier is formed to fight damaging free radicals and to help form a barrier to reduce inflammation. Less inflammation means a stronger immune system so there is less risk of contracting infections, you’ll have far more energy, your tummy will feel calm and soothed, and your skin will glow!
While all work synergistically together, they are different in the roles they play in our body. Digestive enzymes break down food molecules, prebiotics feed good gut bacteria and probiotics are good bacteria that keep our gut healthy, and therefore improve our immunity, our mental health and overall well-being.
They are all essential for our digestive health, so we have included all three in our probiotic supplement so you can rest assured you’ll be getting everything you need!
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