In my last blog I gave you all a little lesson on gut health and how important probiotics are in keeping your GI tract healthy. This time I want to tell you about “prebiotics”, which are foods that provide a healthy environment for probiotics (healthy bacteria) to live and flourish. They are actually the “food” that keep probiotics healthy and strong.
Oligosaccharides and inulin (soluble fiber found in grains, fruit and vegetables) and antioxidant compounds found in plants called phenols are considered prebiotics. Boosting your intake of these foods can help keep your gut healthy which in turn helps improve immune function. Here are just a few foods that are considered prebiotics: Asparagus, Bananas, Beans, Berries, Eggplant, Leeks, Jicama, Peas, Red Wine (in moderation) and Soybeans. Try my Jicama Salad recipe. It’s perfect as side for grilled meat or seafood. It provides water, a hefty dose of antioxidants, and it’s a great source of inulin.
I’ve designed diets and meal plans to help clients with various gut issues, from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) to Acid Reflux, and consuming foods that maintain a healthy gut always comes into play. If you’re in need of a specialized diet or have questions about how diet and nutrition can help alleviate symptoms you may be experiencing please contact me.