Let’s talk about digestion today.
Digestion is the process of breaking down food into nutrient building blocks and then delivering it to the rest of the body.
This is some of the most important pieces of living a healthy lifestyle because all the cells and organs and tissues in our bodies are made up of materials we obtain through our diet.
A major area of study right now in the research science world is the many ways the bacteria in our gut are influential on the rest of our health, such as mental health or skin quality.
These gut bacteria strongly impact our ability to break down, absorb, and use nutrients to build healthy, strong bodies and brains. They are tied to our immune system, nervous system, skin quality, mental health, so in order for us to BE well, we need a robust gut flora.
For example, in a 2002 study conducted in Japan, researchers concluded that “Short-chain fatty acids, which are produced by the gut bacteria, provide beneficial physiological actions. These include improvement in the absorption of water and several minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, and iron, and suppression of the synthesis of liver cholesterol."”
R’s Koso is a concentrated source of gut health boosting nutrients that contribute to a strong gut flora, the 3 main ones are: probiotics, prebiotics, and post-biotics
Probiotics are attributed as the functional foods that help with that, which is true! Probiotics are live bacteria from fermented or cultured foods that replenish our gut flora.
Prebiotics are the plant fibres that feed gut flora. Eating these help your existing flora stay balanced and helpful to you. Think about it as feeding the good bacteria to keep working hard for you.
You can find prebiotics in unprocessed whole foods like cabbage, broccoli, burdock, apple, and barley. All of these are used to make the japanese traditional drink Koso.
When your living gut bacteria feed on prebiotics, they produce post-biotics, which are useful nutrients that benefit you!
Some of the popularly known ones include B vitamins and vitamin K, which are produced during the fermentation process while making Koso.
Postbiotics also include amino acids aka protein particles, short chain fatty acids, acetic acid, which helps regulate your gut flora and kills off the bad bacteria, and polyphenols that have antioxidant properties.
It’s pretty cool that you can get all 3 of these digestive aids in R’s Koso, it saves you a lot of time and energy trying to collect it across different food sources...like how often are you eating burdock and barley? So easy to get it in Koso. Let's get tried it!