You’ve probably heard from sources how probiotics have many health benefits. For example, probiotics can help restore balance to your digestive system and relieve symptoms such as indigestion, bloating, and gas.
They are known as the “good-gut bacteria” in your microbiome (gut). If you take care of your gut, your gut will take care of you.
While it’s great to consume probiotics, they aren’t going to do much good for you without the missing link: PREbiotics.
So, what are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are a special category of fiber. They serve as food for your good gut bacteria. Think of a prebiotic as a fertilizer to help the ‘garden’ of your good gut bacteria to flourish.
However, here’s the problem: The typical Western diet is extremely low in fiber but it’s extremely high in? Can you guess?
This is bad news, not only because sugar itself makes you gain weight, but because it feeds your bad gut bacteria instead of the good ones. These bad bacteria actually speed up your caloric absorption, meaning they make you gain weight.
Since fiber is lacking in your diet, the good bacteria have nothing to eat. So, they start to die off. This causes weight gain, malnourishment in your gut lining, and no digestive protection.
The inevitable result is terrible digestion and possibly developing disease. This will also contribute to your mood, energy, and self-esteem.
But don’t you worry, there is a solution and it’s simple: add prebiotic fiber into your diet.
This will feed your good gut bacteria and help them re-populate your gut and fight off the bad bacteria. In turn, you can improve your digestion, shrink your waistline, and restore back your energy.
Foods Rich in Prebiotics
Not all fiber is prebiotic. So, to make it easier for you, listed below are some foods that are rich in digestion-boosting, health-restoring prebiotic fiber:
- Sweet Potatoes
- Jerusalem Artichokes
- Tiger Nuts
- Belgian Endive
Just simply incorporate some of these foods into your diet or take a prebiotic supplement daily and avoid sugar-rich processed foods. If you do this, you’ll be shocked at how quickly your digestion, health, and overall enjoyment of life will improve.