The year of the pandemic has freed up time for many to reflect on health and happiness.
We have learned to focus on what matters most. And, now understand that we are not invincible.
Our overall wellbeing depends on our commitment to change and self-care. This TLC is even more important as we age.
Nourishing our bodies with special attention to our gut can be the critical key to fighting off disease and better health. Our food choices matter. Consuming highly processed foods fuel bad bacteria and knock us off balance. Increasing plant-based foods and reducing sugar intake is the first step.
I thought a daily yogurt would do the trick, until I started reading the label. Sugar, sugar and more sugar!
On my last trip to the store, I reached for a product called Gutzy. The name alone caught my attention. A row of colorful pouches was nicely displayed in the refrigerated aisle of the fresh produce department. Upon closer examination, I saw that a Gutzy pouch was packed with Prebiotics.
A portable plant-based nutritious mini meal and only 80 calories.
I have heard of Probiotics, but Prebiotics were new to me.
I learned that both are good for the gut, just different.
Prebiotics are foods that nourish the good bacteria that is already living in your gut. Probiotics are fermented foods that contain live bacteria that add more good bacteria to the mix. Together, these “Powerful Ps” can keep your gut aka your body’s microbiome in balance, deterring the growth of harmful bacteria.
Good Bacteria helps to carry out digestive, metabolic and immune functions.
Probiotics and Prebiotics are available as supplements, often found in the vitamin section of most stores. But, consuming probiotics and prebiotics through whole foods is said to have an advantage. The food delivers micronutrients essential for the body’s daily functions, plant compounds that can help protect the body from damage and fiber to eliminate toxins and waste.
It is important to note, Probiotic foods must have “live or active cultures” to be effective.
Probiotic Food Examples:
- kombucha tea
- kefir (dairy and nondairy)
- some types of pickles and pickled veggies (unpasteurized)
- yogurt with live cultures
So, if you don’t fancy a daily serving of probiotic food, supplements may be an easier solution.
Prebiotics are all about taking care of the good guys that the Probiotics help to supply.
This is done by pushing out the bad guys. That bad bacteria can cause digestive issues, weakened immune system or worse.
Fiber helps us keep up the fight.
Prebiotics are special types of fiber found in vegetables, fruits, and legumes.
Busy schedules and laziness breed bad habits. We simply fail to get enough fiber in our daily diets.
This is where Gutzy can help.
Gutzy’s convenient on-the-go pouch is a healthy snack you can take anywhere and anytime to keep you moving.
The pouches come in several flavorful varieties. All Organic Ingredients.
My favorite is the Fruit & Botanical Blend of Apple, Pineapple and Passion Fruit with a kick of Ginger.
For me, the taste and texture is a cross between applesauce and a smoothie. Yummy!
I enjoy for a light breakfast and mid-day snack.
A Gutzy a Day can help keep the Doctor Away.
Pouch Packaging: 3.9 oz (110 gr)
No Sugar Added
Gluten-Free, Vegan & Kosher
Recommended Servings per Day: 2
Suggested Retail: $2.19 per pouch (32 pouch variety pack: $66.99)
Available at Walmart, Amazon and select Supermarkets.
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May the Microbe Force be with You!