16 Ways To Add Prebiotics To Your Diet
Bacteria gets a bad wrap. Heck, it’s why so many of us obsessively wash our hands with anti-bacterial soap (here’s why you shouldn’t!). But when it comes to our gut health, bacteria is our friend.
In fact, the bacteria in our guts is responsible for so much of our health, determining everything from the strength of our immune system to our risk of obesity.
There are two ways you can support your gut health: probiotics (which you’ve likely heard of) and prebiotics (their less discussed but equally essential precursor).
Where probiotics (the good bacteria in your gut) are meant to help maintain gut health and prevent gut diseases, prebiotics are essential for probiotics’ survival. More specifically, prebiotics are nondigestible compounds that “feed” probiotics, helping them to survive in your gut so that they can keep your gut healthy.
Bottom line: not matter how many probiotics you’re popping or fermented foods you’re downing, if your gut is void of prebiotics, the healthy bacterial you’re flooding your gut with, can’t survive long enough to do its job.
16 Prebiotics-Rich Foods For A Healthy Gut
- Dandelion greens
- Potato skins
- Jerusalem artichoke
- Chicory root
- Allium vegetables (garlic, onion, leeks, chives, and scallions).
- Whole-grain and sprouted-grain breads
- Wheat germ
- Apple cider vinegar (organic)
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