Many of us neglect to consider the important role digestion has on our health. What good is eating a bowl of broccoli if the nutrients are not adequately broken down and absorbed?
The majority of our consumed carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water are absorbed in our intestines. Maintaining a healthy gut flora is essential for proper digestion in your small intestine. A healthy gut flora depends on many factors; one in particular is the quality of our diet. Certain foods known as prebiotics and probiotics have been clinically shown to restore a healthy gut flora. Probiotics are foods that contain live strains of beneficial bacteria which aid in bolstering up your natural population of health-protecting gut bacteria. Prebiotics are foods that beneficial bacteria like to eat. Just like some garden fertilizers will feed your lawn and not the weeds; so true is the nature of prebiotics nourishing only the healthy bacteria.
Some sources of probiotics include: fermented milks, fermented yogurts, fermented dairy drinks, miso, tempeh, and sauerkraut.
Some sources of prebiotics include: garlic, onions, leeks, bananas, asparagus and artichokes.