Probiotics have been all the rage for a while now, but what about the lesser known yet equally health promoting prebiotics? Prebiotics are a variety of fibers that stimulate and encourage the growth of healthy and beneficial bacteria (aka gut flora) to grow. Prebiotics are essentially food for your gut flora, and they allow your healthy gut flora to thrive. The addition of prebiotics can help to keep your microbiome in good shape.
Prebiotics occur naturally in a number of common foods with high fiber content. Let’s take a look at where you can get some into your diet!
Here Are Four High Prebiotic Foods:
Raw Dandelion Greens: Great addition to smoothies and salads.
Raw Jicama: Easy way to eat jicama raw is to peel and chop it into sticks for snacking. You can add a little sprinkle of cinnamon or enjoy with squeeze of lemon or lime and sea salt.
Raw asparagus: Chopped up and dipped into hummus or guacamole or just with a little sea salt as a snack on their own.
Leeks, Onions & Garlic: Delicious way to add flavor and nutrition to your meal. When leeks and garlic are consumed raw their prebiotic load will be greater. Onions maintain a strong prebiotic load when cooked.
So, in addition to your daily probiotic, be sure to get your dose of prebiotics too!