I’ve been doing a lot of reading about probiotics – the super hero when it comes to everything good and healthy in your body. As I mentioned in previous entries, these fiesty little bacterial strains do everything from keeping your intestinal flora balanced (I love saying intestinal flora) to helping with acne – yes! Did you know that according to Dr. Oz, there are studies that also prove that probiotics can also help with weight loss? They even help fight inflammation! Seriously, I’m going to do an entry or two on inflammation – it’s so general and I speak to “believers” in holistic and natural medicine and their eyes literally glaze over when they talk about it, but I suspect that some of those believers may also be like me and not know exactly what this means to us. I’m not suggesting that it doesn’t exist and I’m not even suggesting that following natural medicine is hooey, on the contrary, I think there are benefits to be found with both traditional and natural medicine. I do find, however, that a lot of people throw around buzz words without understanding what they truly mean and just blindly follow the information that they are given.
Rant for today over, now back to prebiotics…There just isn’t as much information on them as there is on their more bacteria filled cousins – probiotics. Even Dr. Oz has a limited amount, basically just stating that they help build good bacteria for your gut. I did find the following statement on doctoroz.com with respect to prebiotics: “the food that the “good bugs” need present in our diet in order to thrive and inhibit the growth of undesirable “bad” bacteria”. Basically, as great as probiotics are, you need prebiotics to ensure that the bad bacteria in your gut doesn’t overwhelm the good bacteria and prebiotics help with this.
Just a reminder, prebiotic rich foods include bananas, honey, whole grains, onions and garlic. A lot of these foods are easy to get into your diet. According to “You Being Beautiful”, “…eating a banana every day facilitates cross talk amongst your brain cells and the effects of seratonin and its precursors)…may mean that eating a banana a day can keep the therapist away by preventing recurring minor depression. Plus coffee and bananas are our largest source of antioxidants”. That sounds like a fruit with a lot of appeal (pun intended). So basically, having a banana with honey is good for you – sign me up. With respect to their remark about depression, I still think therapy is a good idea if you need it, so take that comment with a grain of salt. I don’t think that the simple cure for depression is a banana. It’s interesting, to note that on Dr. Oz’s Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan that bananas were one of two fruits that you need to buy for the smoothie (berries are the other). Obvioiusly he’s a fan.
As I wait for my bananas to ripen, I just want to take a moment to express what I am grateful for today. I am grateful that it’s Saturday and that I could get up and write this early in the morning instead of at night. I am also grateful that prebiotic rich foods do not include snails, liver or goat’s milk – otherwise I’d have to take my chances. A lot to be grateful for….