I rarely get sick.
Sometimes, when I’m tired and busy, I (may) wish that I could be (gently) struck down with a cold. Just for a day or two, so that I can eat chicken noodle soup and watch hours of Downton Abbey re-runs.
(The downside of living in sunny SoCal is that it’s hard to justify spending a day on the couch with a bowl of popcorn…I’m praying for a Saturday thunderstorm.)
But my immune system hasn’t always been strong. As a child I spent countless hours in the doctor’s office or emergency room with chest infections, and you could pretty much count on a bout of tonsillitis each year.
This meant dozens of courses of antibiotics that did quite the number on the health of my gut, leading to an often painfully bloated belly and sluggish digestive system.
Fortunately, over the past 18 months, I learned some new habits that have greatly improved my gut health and helped me stop belly bloat. They are:
- To cook (or ferment) 80% of my vegetables — the raw stuff is a little hard for me to digest.
- I chew my food really well and stay hydrated. I talk about this more in this post about relieving constipation.
- And I take probiotics and prebiotics each day, through a supplement or food.
Probiotics & prebiotics are what I’ll talk to you about today. In this video you’ll learn:
- What are probiotics and prebiotics, and why you need them
- And how do you make sure that you’re getting enough of each every day
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Stop Belly Bloat With Probiotics
To Recap, Here’s What We Covered:
- Probiotics are healthy bacteria that keep your digestive system in tip-top shape, you can get them from supplements and fermented foods.
- Prebiotics are what the probiotics need to eat to survive and multiply.
- I used the analogy of the probiotic being like the video game Pacman* and the prebiotic being the little white dots that he eats.
*In case you’re not familiar, Pacman is a maze-based video game from the 80s, where a face (Pacman) eats some dots and escapes from a ghost. My brother hosts a wildly popular video game show in Australia called ScreenPlay… I don’t know if he’s proud of me for using that analogy or mortified about the way I summarized the game. #SorryNichboy
Now I’d Love To Hear From You
Are you currently taking a probiotic? How about a prebiotic? Do you have any questions about adding these supplements, or fermented foods in general, into your diet? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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