Are you struggling with digestive issues ? This is one sure fire way to find out if you have an unbalanced gut or microbiome. Digestive issues often occur when your body doesn’t have the right balance of probiotics (good bacteria) it needs to effectively digest and absorb food.
Doesn’t the word “bacteria” sound so negative ? Our body is host to trillions of bacteria and they mostly reside inside the gastrointestinal system. This bacteria is in place to keep us healthy. Sure we have plenty of good bacteria but we also have bad bacteria that resides alongside the good bacteria. An overgrowth of bad bacteria is considered a compromised gut microbiome.
The good bacteria is often referred to as probiotics. These healthy bacteria thrive on healthy food that we eat. When we are bad to ourselves and eat the wrong things like refined and processed foods or too much sugar, we enable the bad guys to thrive. This creates a gut microbiome imbalance.
How do we feel when our microbiome is imbalanced or compromised ?
gas, bloating, constipation, fatigue, skin issues, brain fog, headaches, allergies and the list goes on ….
This is why it is so important to make sure that we have a healthy, thriving gut microbiome and to achieve this we need to consume foods which are high in probiotics and prebiotic fibers.
Bariatric patients have a very small pouch so it becomes even more important to take a good quality probiotic in conjunction with probiotic and prebiotic foods.
What are probiotics ? These are your good gut bacteria and they are live bacteria that reside in your intestines. Their health benefits are astounding.
What are prebiotics ? Think about prebiotics as the foods that promote growth for the probiotics. They are foods that contain non-digestible fiber compounds.
Examples of probiotic rich foods: apple cider vinegar, cheese, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, tamari, tempeh, yogurt
Examples of prebiotic rich foods: apples, asparagus, bananas, barley, cocoa, chia seeds, chicory root, flaxseeds, leeks, raw garlic, onions.
About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.
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