What are Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are types of fiber that feed the beneficial probiotic bacteria that are found in certain foods that help support and repopulate your gut with a very specific species of beneficial gut bacteria that are supposed to be there, to help digest food and also keep the lining of your gut healthy. This natural bacteria can be depleted and become out of balance from things like antibiotic or anti-inflammatory drug use or poor diet, to name a few.
Lack of this natural specific species of gut bacteria can lead to digestive disorders, food allergies, leaky gut, and auto-immune disorders, like gluten intolerance or sensitivity.
This prebiotic fiber helps keep your gut moving to ward off constipation and the toxic buildup of byproducts of digestion, that cause gas, bloating, inflammation and make you feel sluggish.
These are some of my favorite foods that are high in prebiotic fiber:
Legumes, beans (like pinto and butter beans, my new favorites)
Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats.
Some foods are considered symbiotic, meaning they contain both beneficial bacteria and a prebiotic source of fiber for the good bacteria to feed on, one example is sauerkraut. Be sure to choose unpasteurized brands that contain live bacteria, like Bubbies brand, available at Kroger or most health food stores.
Helping your gut heal or stay healthy by consuming prebiotic fiber to support your good gut bacteria and keep it running smooth and regular is a good idea in any diet plan, but especially a gluten free lifestyle.
If you are ready to learn more, about choosing and preparing prebiotic foods and how to integrate them into your lifestyle to ignite your inner healing then contact me to schedule a free call to discuss working one on one to evaluate your specific needs.
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Health & Wellness Tips by Julie Semones