Trillions of bacteria naturally occur in the intestines, and most help protect the body from disease. These protective bacteria are called probiotics. Foods that nourish these "good" bacteria are called prebiotics.A number of factors can upset the balance between the levels of "good" and "bad" bacteria. There is evidence that consuming foods that are rich in "good" bacteria as well as foods that nourish these bacteria may help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the intestines and help improve health and fight certain diseases, like heart disease and cancer. This cookbook is organised by prebiotic and probiotic food recipes. Each of the 100 tasty recipes include instructions for properly cooking and storing food to preserve optimal levels of good bacteria.
Tracy Olgeaty Gensler M.S., R.D. (Chevy Chase MD) is a health writer, speaker and registered dietitian. She is the co-author of the Anti-Aging Fitness Prescription and a Best Life Nutrition Expert for the website for Bob Greene's The Best Life. Gensler was a nutrition spokesperson for the South Beach Diet campaign. Her clients include Marriott International Headquarters, National Institute of Health, The Washington Hospital Centre and Fitness First Health Clubs.