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Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for us, especially our digestive system. Your gut and skin are full of bacteria, good and bad. We actually have more bacteria in our gut and on our skin than cells in our body!

We usually think of bacteria as 'disease-causing' but probiotics can actually prevent, and even treat, many lifestyle-related chronic diseases. For this reason, probiotics are often called 'helpful' or 'beneficial' bacteria/flora. Among other things, they help keep your gut healthy, your immune system strong, your weight normal, your mood stable, and mental health illness, neurological disorders, and certain skin conditions, like eczema, at bay.

Once you've swallowed your probiotics, you need to feed and nurture their colonies. Think of them like sea monkeys! Enter: prebiotics. Prebiotics are un-digestible plant fibres. Prebiotics include Brassica vegetables, raw chicory root, raw Jerusalem artichoke, raw dandelion greens, raw garlic, raw leeks, raw/cooked onion, raw asparagus, as well as fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and kimchi. Certain probiotic supplements that we stock contain prebiotics so look out for these supplements.

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