• DANIELLE BIGBY

How to activate that good bacteria.

Updated: Aug 13, 2018

It's war in there. You're either feeding the good wolf or the bad wolf, the choice is yours.


“It's all about finding small ways throughout the day to maintain and grow the colonies of friendly gut bugs in there!”



Throughout the day your gut goes into BATTLE! There are colonies of good and bad bacteria living throughout your GI system- AKA your gut. You must learn how to support the good colonies with your food choices. WHY?


Manipulating the gut with Probiotics and Prebiotics has proven to improve anxiety, depression, reduce bloating, fatigue, parasites, chronic disease, treat Lyme Disease symptoms, Leaky Gut, prevent and kill parasites. I know, AMAZING.


What's the difference between PRO and PRE-biotics?


PREBIOTICS are fiber that are the non-digestible part of foods Prebiotic fiber goes through the small intestine undigested and are fermented when they reach the large colon.


This fermentation process feed beneficial bacteria colonies (including probiotics) and helps to increase the number of desirable bacteria in your gut.


PROBIOTICS are live beneficial bacteria that are naturally created by the process of fermentation in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, kimchi, etc.

They are also available in pill and powder form. Often already added to yogurts and beverages.


Ok now what? Do you take a probiotic and hope that they are alive and well in there? No, it's just not that simple.


Have they been transported and stored properly? WHO KNOWS? Plus we have to feed those probiotics with prebiotics. So make sure you get a shelf stable probiotic, that way you know they have not spoiled. Then feed those little guys whenever you can. It's all about finding small ways throughout the day to maintain and support the growth of the colonies of friendly gut bugs in there!


Below is a list of some of our family favorites!







Sauerkraut

Learn to love this bad boy. It's basically a mild pickle. Weird at first, but honestly you get used to it. Just eat a few tablespoons as a midday snack, bust it out for the kiddos too, since they are probably in some phase of not wanting any leafy greens or anything good for them. Surprisingly I find most kids like this!









Samaya's favorite saurekraut is Hawthorne Valley Caraway Sauerkraut


Prebiotic Fiber Foods:

  • sauerkraut

  • yogurt

  • miso soup

  • kimchi

  • chia seeds

  • kefir

  • fermented foods

  • broccoli

  • raw garlic (and cooked, but less)

  • onion

  • oatmeal

  • leeks

  • asparagus

  • under-ripe bananas

  • dandelion greens

  • apples