Your gut health plays a large role in your overall well-being. The state of your gut is linked to mental health, immunity, and conditions like diabetes and heart diseases. Time to take care of it!
To boost your gut health, it is essential to include prebiotic food, probiotic food, and fibre-rich foods into your daily diet. In this blog post, we'll explain what these are, give some examples, and wrap up with a sample menu.
Probiotic foods are beneficial microorganisms, including a variety of yeast and bacteria, that multiply in food through fermentation. Ancient civilizations have been fermenting food as a way to preserve food. Probiotics are essential, as they help your body build and repair good bacteria in the lining of the gut.
Probiotic foods include:
- Water kefir
- Pickled vegetables (e.g. pickles and onions)
Prebiotic foods are soluble fibres that keep these probiotic compounds alive. They contain compounds that are types of soluble dietary fibres such as fructooligosaccharides, inulin and galactooligosaccharides, which act like fuel for bacteria in the gut.
Prebiotic foods include:
- Jerusalem artichokes
“Eat your fibres”- you have probably heard it a dozen times. Eating a diet rich in fibre is essential for health and for a healthy gut. Fibre is the parts of food that cannot be completely broken down by our digestive enzymes.
There are two kinds of fibres.
Soluble fibre (found in oatmeal, chia seeds, nuts, beans, lentils, fruit) and insoluble fibre (found in whole grains, leafy greens, seeds, and fruit with edible skins).
With an increase in insoluble fibre, you will notice easier digestion, and constipation is prevented. Soluble fibre can help with lowering glucose and blood cholesterol levels.
Fibre is super beneficial for your gut microbiome!
You can find fibres in the following foods:
- Whole grains
- Fruit (e.g. berries, apples, pears, oranges)
- Vegetables (e.g. squash, artichokes, potatoes, broccoli, green peas)
So how do you incorporate these foods into your daily diet? What do you even eat? Well, luckily there are many delicious meals you can make with prebiotic, probiotic, and fibre-rich ingredients. Check out our reBUILD program.
In conclusion, prioritising your gut health is a simple yet impactful step towards overall well-being. By incorporating probiotic-rich foods like plant-based yoghurt and sauerkraut, prebiotic foods such as garlic and bananas, and fibre sources like whole grains and vegetables into your daily meals, you can support a flourishing gut microbiome. Remember, a healthy gut equals a healthier you!