Probiotics and prebiotics: what’s the difference?

Is anyone confused about probiotics and prebiotics? I thought I would do a post about them and include one of my favorite easy recipes to help feed those important digestive tummy helpers.

  • Probiotics are live microorganisms – such as bacteria, yeasts, and fungi – which in adequate amounts may have health benefits. …
  • Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that can increase the activity of select “good” bacteria.
  • Symbiotics are products that contain both prebiotics and probiotics.
Root Vegetables

Prebiotic vegetables help keep your intestines working properly. Prebiotic vegetables aid the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine. Because the vegetables do not digest in the stomach like most other foods, the bio-cultures are able to reach the intestines.

This is one of the many reasons that eating vegetables both cooked and raw have so many benefits.

One of my favorite ways to get in raw root vegetables is to just grate them and make a salad. Below is an easy, delicious, and very nutritious recipe that is from The Plan by Lyn Genet.

Carrots and beets mixed without dressing.

RAW CARROT & BEET SALAD

4 carrots cleaned and grated

1 red beet peeled and grated

INSTRUCTIONS

 In a bowl mix carrots and beets together.

LIME VINEGARETTE

4 limes juiced

2 tablespoons of water

1 teaspoon of agave

INSTRUCTIONS

Mix lime juice, water, and agave together in a small container and keep any remaining dressing in the refrigerator. I add the dressing on the salad as I eat it, so it stays crispy. This salad will keep for about a week when refrigerated.

I also add raw sunflowers seeds on top to add some protein and a nice crunchy texture.

Carrot beet salad topped with raw sunflower seeds

Please take good care of your body’s internal ecology. Thanks for following along, please sign up to receive my blog automatically. There is a sign-up link at the bottom of this article.

Thanks,

Colleen

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