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Why I love Bananas

Composed of about 93% carbohydrate and about 100 calories, a medium size banana is a versatile, nutrient dense, delicious snack at any time!

A banana will provide you with essential nutrition including:

  • Carbohydrates for energy
  • Vitamin A, and C, a whole bunch of B vitamins
  • 2 to 3 grams protein
  • Prebiotics: Prebiotics are needed to help probiotics (the good kind of bacteria) grow and promote a healthy digestive system
  • Potassium to help protect against high blood pressure
  • Tryptophan, serotonin, norepinephrine each of which cab help prevent and improve depression
  • Bananas can also help alleviate heart burn by suppressing acid in digestion

How can you add more banana into your day?

  • Add a banana to:
    • A fruit smoothie
    • Pancakes
    • Salad
    • Peanut butter sandwich
    • Bowl of cereal or Greek Yogurt
  • Add a little peanut butter to a banana to give you essential protein and energy prior to your workout

    • This is an easily digestible snack
    • With less fiber than other fruits, bananas will not cause you intestinal distress during your workout

Do you have a creative way to incorporate more fruit into your diet? Let us know at info@restorativenutritionri.com .

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Prebiotics versus Probiotics

If you are like many Americans you are probably hearing more and more about prebiotics and probiotics. Perhaps you are wondering what they are and why you are hearing so much about them. Many food products are claiming to have digestive health properties or offer improved immune function. These products are usually promoting prebiotic or probiotic components.

While not necessarily essential to be healthy, prebiotics and probiotics offer many health promoting benefits. When combined, prebiotics and probiotics form a symbiotic relationship promoting improved immune function and intestinal health.

Although research is still pending, health benefits associated with consuming prebiotics and probiotics include:

  • Protection against certain types of cancers
  • Promotion of healthy urinary tract infection
  • Improved immune system function
  • Better absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Improved diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal infections resulting from certain medications

*Tip: To help maintain a healthy gut, include a variety of prebiotics and probiotics.

Learn More:

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial strains of bacterial that help promote digestive health. When our body experiences chronic stress, poor dietary choices, and certain illnesses it can become unbalanced due to a loss of beneficial bacterial. When this happens you may experience severe bloating, gas, and low immunity towards illness and disease. Probiotics help regulate and balance our digestive tract so we can fight infections and maintain optimal health

Where are probiotics found?

Probiotics are found in many fermented foods including:

  • Active cultures found in yogurt
  • Acidophilus milk
  • Miso (fermented soybean paste)
  • Sourdough bread
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kefir (a fermented yogurt type drink)

What are prebiotics?

Simply stated, prebiotics are a non-digestible carbohydrate that fuels/feeds the probiotic microorganisms. Probiotics, or good bacteria, need energy to survive and flourish-this is where prebiotics come in providing the fuel source for probiotics to stay active and healthy.

Eat a variety of prebiotics to promote healthy growth of these good bacteria in your gut!

Where are prebiotics found?

Prebiotics are found in many foods, some common sources include:

  • Bananas
  • Honey
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains (oats, rye, wheat, barley)
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Asparagus

*Tip: To help you remember the difference, think of probiotics as healthy bacteria and prebiotics as the food they eat or think “prebiotics fuel probiotics.”

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