Most people have heard of probiotics for the importance for gut health, but how much do you know about it’s counterpart: prebiotics? In this blog we will explain the health benefits of prebiotics and how you can incorporate them into your daily diet.
The Importance of Prebiotics
Prebiotic foods, like probiotic foods are an important part of your everyday diet. While we all know about eating probiotic foods, not much is said about how to keep those little critters happy and healthy while they do the same for us. Since they’re discovery in the nineties not much light has been shed on what kinds of prebiotics are necessary for good health, but overall the consensus seems to be: it couldn’t hurt.
Most of the fiber we eat is difficult for us to break down on our own, but our large and small intestines are host to billions of microorganisms that are more than capable of doing the job. When they digest soluble fibers, we gain the benefit of better absorption of nutrition a more pleasant end to the process when it is all said and done, to put it politely.
Feeding ourselves includes feeding all our little microflora friends too so they can continue to do most of the work for us when it comes to breaking our food. Prebiotics do that with the right fibers, all of which are easy to get on a regular basis. There can be some uncomfortable bloating or bouts of socially awkward gas for some people, but most can make the additions with little to no problems to improve overall health and well being.
How do you do that? Make sure to include plenty of vegetables in your diet. I know, we’ve all heard that we should eat our vegetables, but like so many things that are good for us, there is more than one reason to do so. It not only provides a variety of vitamins and minerals, but the fiber you need for a happy, healthy gut.
A short list of the foods that can serve as excellent prebiotics are:
All of these and more are available in our produce section. Every vegetable and fruit comes with an array of health benefits including prebiotic fibers, but these are considered a few with the most well-known prebiotic effects on the gut. Raw is suggested in all cases, but even cooked you will get some of the benefit. Eating anything that’s fresh, green, and organic is good for you, in more ways than one.
-Jessica, A la Carte