It’s alive! Did you know there are trillions of bacteria that live in your gastrointestinal tract? Crazy, huh! But, what is their purpose using our bellies as a crash pad? Have you ever heard your gut be referred to as your second brain? These microorganisms have the ability to create chemical messages to communicate with your brain, and therefore the rest of your body. There are “good” and “bad” bacteria which dictate the context of these messages that are sent to the big guy upstairs.
A healthy diet rich in pre- and pro- biotics nourish the “good” bacteria in our gut, and therefore produce more desirable communication amongst the body & mind. A diet lacking in pre- & pro-biotics, with the addition of smoking, alcohol, and consumption of refined sugars feed the “bad” bacteria in our gut and produce a negative impact on communication throughout the body. Prebiotics are found in fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. It’s these pre-biotics that our good gut bacteria gain fuel from to thrive amongst the bad, and help make probiotics. Meanwhile, pro-biotics are found in a variety of fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut. Probiotics in food already contain live microorganisms and when eaten, help improve the good to bad bacteria ratio. It’s a balancing act!
IS YOUR GUT BALANCED?
How Does The Fit Foods Feed a Healthy Gut Microbiome?
- Whole Foods. There are prebiotic powerhouses in all of our meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These include meals made with steelcut oats, par-boiled brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other antioxidant-rich veggies. Our favorite? The Salmon Meal paired with brown rice & broccoli.
- Greek Yogurt. One of the best sources of probiotics is found in some of our favorite Fit Foods snacks! Does your meal plan include our Raspberry Parfait that’s layered with greek yogurt, raspberries, and homemade granola? How about our Overnight Oats that are also prepared with yogurt, then mixed with blueberries & coconut? Contact your local Fit Foods Nutritionist for additional sources of probiotics!
- Kombucha. So much flavor… so much life! We love our GT’s Kombucha products which contain 2 BILLION probiotics in each bottle! How will you incorporate a probiotic drink into your day? Ask us about our favorite flavors when you shop with us next!
So, what happens when we feed our body a healthy diet? What does our gut actually have to say? Studies have shown certain types of probiotics may be able to produce signals for appetite reduction and decreased fat storage. Therefore, fueling your body with a diet that’s rich in whole foods may just be the answer to dropping that last 5 pounds or 5% body fat.
When compared to a diet high in processed foods, studies have shown a negative impact on our microbiome, including increased fat storage, as well as an increase in the risk of disease. Ready to get a prebiotic? Creating effective conversation in our bodies by feeding the right kind of bacteria may just help us get the results we want!