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What Are Prebiotics and Why Do We Need Them

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Prebiotics are to probiotics what fertilizer does for gardens. They are the foods that nourish the healthy bacteria and help them to “set up shop” and thrive in your GI tract. Incorporating foods that are high in prebiotic fibers into your diet is an essential part of the journey toward a balanced microbiome.

By definition, prebiotics are nondigestible fiber compounds that pass (undigested) through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth and activity of advantageous bacteria that colonize the large bowel by directly nourishing them and helping them thrive.

Cooked Whole Unrefined Grains and Grain-like Seeds:

  • Oats
  • Millet
  • Amaranth
  • Quinoa
  • Brown or Wild Rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Barley
  • Whole Wheat
  • Flour Wheat Bran

*Remember, the more unrefined, the better. For example, steel cut oats are better than rolled and raw steel cut oats are better than plain steel cut.

Raw Herbs, Vegetables, and Fresh Fruits:

  • Chicory Root
  • Burdock Root
  • Dandelion Root
  • Tomatoes
  • Jicama
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Onion
  • Asparagus
  • Yacon
  • Banana
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Apples

Other Prebiotics:

  • Pistachios
  • Unrefined Honey
  • Acacia Gum
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Fermented Foods:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Cabbage
  • Miso
  • Kefir

Tips For Eating More Prebiotic Foods:

• Snack on pistachios and hummus with jicama sticks!
• Try adding fresh asparagus and apple cider vinegar to your salad.
• Soak your oats overnight instead of cooking them for delish raw oatmeal with honey and bananas!
• Make a yummy salsa or guacamole with fresh onion and garlic.
• Buy sprouted grain breads and try replacing white rice with quinoa!

 

Article Source: Hyperbiotics

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