What are prebiotics, anyway?! Results

VSL#3 is a potent strain of probiotics recommended by my daughter’s GI doctor, Stefano Guandalini, MD.

I pretty much know what they are: “good” bacteria fighting the bad bacteria in my gut.  However, I always wondered if probiotics would be able to survive and thrive in the gut without the help of suplements.   Otherwise: what feeds probiotics since any living organism needs nourishment.

Prebiotics are present in a lot of high fiber foods like bananas, oatmeal and legumes plus more exotic items like raw chicory root and dandelion leaves.  Also, the fiber present in these foods is largely undigestible.  As such, this fiber becomes the breeding ground and food for the probiotics our bodies need to keep the bad bacteria in check!

Anybody for a dandelion leaves salad?  I like them steamed better than raw.  The cooking process kills some of the beneficial prebiotics but they taste so much better.

via prebiotics sources – AOL Search Results

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