Multiple every day things may disrupt a healthy gut environment and potentially cause bad bacteria to overgrow. A poor diet, antibiotic therapy, alcohol, smoking and stress can all interfere with the balance of our microbiome.
Choosing to introduce pre and probiotic foods in your diet can assist with maintaining bacterial balance and overall health and well being. Pre-biotics are the foods containing indigestible fibre that our good bacteria love to ferment and feed off. If you are taking probiotics, then don’t forget to include pre-biotics to make the most of your supplement.
Some pre-biotic foods: Beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, rye, oats, vegetables such as onion, garlic, leek, asparagus, artichoke, beetroot, fennel, cabbage, peas, chicory root; and fruit like berries, pomegranate, tomato, nectarine and peaches. Pre-biotics can easily be incorporated into your diet by adding vegetables, whole grains and legumes to meals and snacking on fruit, nuts or yoghurt.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and yoghurt contain probiotics and are prebiotic too! Enjoy a serve of these foods daily but start slowly. A teaspoon first and work your way up to 1/4 cup/day. And be aware that these foods do not repopulate your gut of probiotic species but assist to feed what is there and help it reproduce that way.