Recent discoveries from leading scientific researchers have found that the state of our gut bacteria is not only the key to weight loss but also could lead to better mood, immunity and skin. The words probiotics and prebiotics have been buzzing around the wellness world for some time now for a good reason. As you have probably heard, our digestive tract is home to some 100 trillion bacteria that out number our own cells by ten-to-one, essentially making us more bacteria than human.
There are two types of foods that will sufficiently feed all these friendly gut bacteria and improve your gut heath.
1. Prebiotic Foods
A food that is prebiotic contains ingredients, mostly fiber, that gut bacteria feed on, producing fermentation by-products that benefit health. Here are some of the most potent prebiotic foods:
- Asparagus - Garlic - Kiwi - Leeks - Mushrooms - Onions
Bananas have loads of benefits too! They restore the health of the bacterial community, and maintain harmony among microbes in your gut which is one of the reasons bananas are usually recommended for an upset stomach. Bananas can also reduce inflammation, as they contain high levels of potassium and magnesium!
2. Probiotic Foods
Coined as ‘probiotic powerhouses’, fermented foods have been creating waves in the wellness world, and it’s not hard to see why. They are rich in antioxidants and like prebiotics they also work to boost the good bacteria in your tummy, helping you to digest food quicker.
- Fermented vegetables (kimchi, carrots, green beans, beetroot) - Fermented soybeans (miso) - Cultured dairy products (yogurt, cheese) - Fermented condiments (raw apple cider vinegar)
But out of all of these the one that tops our list is sauerkraut. It has a distinctive, tangy aroma. Traditionally used in German cuisine, it is positively packed with gut-friendly, good bacteria to fight off infections. Sauerkraut is also known to boost brain health, helping to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression. Who knew fermented cabbage could be so beneficial?
Will you start feeding your gut better after today?