You’ve heard of Probiotics, now what are Prebiotics?

prebiotics and probiotics kefir

So you now know (and are hopefully regularly consuming) the benefits of probiotics especially kefir made with live grains like Yorlife.  But have you ever heard of prebiotics?

Prebiotics are the much lesser known uncle of probiotics- you know the one you might forget to invite to the party until you get to the big day and realise it isn’t quite the same without them, yeh that one.  The definition of prebiotics is; a non-digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines.  Put simply it is not bacteria but rather fibre which feeds the existing bacteria we all have in our guts and creates a nice environment which good bacteria wants to live in so that when you ingest probiotics they can get to work more easily rebalancing your flora.  Got it? Good.

So where can you find these wondrous fibre friends?  Well like probiotics there are a number of different sources.

 

Certain fruits and vegetables:

Apples, asparagus, bananas, chicory, cold potatoes (I’ll explain that one in a bit), bananas, chicory, fennel, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, onions, Pak choi and pulses to name a few.

The reason cold potatoes and the other veggies listed are such excellent sources of prebiotics is that they are all high in resistant starch.  Resistant starch passes through the upper digestive tract without being affected by the acid & heat of our stomachs and through to the large intestine and colon where it stimulates fermentation and the production of short-chain fatty acids like butyrate.  Which, to put it simply, makes a more hospital environment for good bacteria and one which is less favoured by bad bacteria so that when you then take your Yorlife kefir it’s got a head start on filling your gut with the good stuff.  We actually add a small amount of potato starch to our kefir already to help stabilize it so you are off to a good start of your RDA with your daily Yorlife serving.

 

Prebiotic Supplements:

Supplements such as Prebiotin Prebiotic Fibre Powder can be added to water, smoothies or sprinkled over food as it is almost tasteless (it has a mild sweetness to it which is quite pleasant) and provides a full spectrum prebiotic.  This is a quick and easy way to ensure you are getting the right level of prebiotics but as with any supplements we would never suggest using instead of a balanced and healthy diet full of both pre and probiotics foods and nutrient dense vegetables.

We are going to be posting a couple of great prebiotic rich recipes over the next couple of weeks so keep your eyes peeled for them!

 

Let us know how kefir has helped you and if you have any other handy hints for beating the dreaded bloat.

Team Yorlife x