The Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics and The Best Foods to Eat to Get Both

The Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics and The Best Foods to Eat to Get Both

You often hear of probiotics, which are found in foods such as Greek yogurt, kimchi, and sourdough bread, but you should also be eating prebiotic-rich foods, like artichokes and bananas, which help feed the probiotics and help them act more efficiently in your digestive system. And prebiotics are surely less known. Here’s the difference and why you need both. The Dynamic Duo Basically, probiotics and prebiotics are dynamic duo—the prebiotics are what fuel the probiotics to keep your gut microbiome healthy. Your gut microbiome needs a balance of bacteria to keep digestion smooth and to keep your immune system high. You have a host of gut bacteria, and when you eat greasy, fatty foods or high-sugar foods, you introduce bad gut bacteria into your system. That’s why you need a host of gut-friendly bacteria, in the form of probiotics, to regulate the system and balance it out. And to help... Read More
How to Stay Active at Home

How to Stay Active at Home

When you’re stuck in the house — for whatever reason — it’s tempting to flop on the couch and binge-watch TV for a couple of hours (or more!) to avoid the fact that you’re stuck at home. But it’s vital to your physical and emotional health to stay active. Here are five fresh takes on how to stay active at home. 1. Set Small, Simple Goals Don’t underestimate the power of a simple workout to help keep you healthy and happy. “Staying motivated can be tough, but I’ve learned a simple and effective concept: Action leads to motivation, not the other way around. Getting going is the hardest part, but once you do, the motivation will follow,” says Tara Van Dam, ERYT, mindfulness and meditation instructor, and owner of Wholistic Joy Wellness, integrative coaching. Van Dam recommends setting a small goal, such as starting with 10 minutes of yoga or meditation a day... Read More