To help improve your ‘gut flora’ we have come up with three tips and three foods to start you on your way…
1. Eat a fibre–rich, whole foods diet—it should be rich in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, all of which can help feed the ‘good bacteria’.
2. Limit sugar, processed foods, animal fats, and animal protein—these can provide food for the ‘bad bacteria’.
3. Eat fermented foods daily—these foods contain ‘good bacteria’.
Foods to try…
Try eating fermented and cultured foods daily to increase your ‘good gut bacteria’. As well as containing lots of live cultures, which are thought to offer numerous health benefits, these types of food can also provide a good source of protein and calcium.
Asparagus is a good source of natural prebiotic fibre known as inulin. Asparagus is also know for being a good diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Grill it, boil it, bake it… cook it in any way you want.
Artichockes are also a good source of fibre, containing the prebiotic inulin. They are also a great source of magnesium, potassium and vitamins C.