An Australian nutritionist has explained the importance of prebiotics and revealed the top foods to include in your diet to improve your gut health.
Sydney-based author and founder of Supercharged Food, Lee Holmes, says prebiotics assist with the growth of good gut bacteria, known as probiotics.
On her blog Lee said without prebiotics, probiotics would have little chance of survival and would overall impact our health.
‘An easy way to think of prebiotics is that they are like a really good meal for probiotics, helping them to grow robust and strong. If you’re keen to get ahead of the gut game, include these purposeful prebiotic-rich foods into your life,’ she said.
Sydney-based author and founder of Supercharged Food, Lee Holmes (pictured above), says prebiotics assist with the growth of good bacteria in your gut
Chicory root to protect the liver
Not only is chicory root a good alternative to coffee, it is also full of antioxidant compounds that help protect the liver from oxidative damage.
‘Chicory root contains up to 47% of the prebiotic fibre known as inulin, helping to nourish our probiotics and improve the symptoms associated with digestive disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel disease,’ Lee wrote on her blog.
This handy plant can also break down fat more effectively and is available at most supermarkets and health food stores.
Not only is chicory root a good alternative to coffee, it is also full of antioxidant compounds that help protect the liver from oxidative damage
Jerusalem artichokes to boost energy levels and mood
Next on Lee’s list is artichokes, or more specifically Jerusalem artichokes, which are jam-packed with Vitamin B to assist with boosting your energy levels and mood.
Similarlto chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes contain the fibre inulin, which will make your gut healthy and happy.
This dietary fibre can help control cholesterol levels, boost the immune system and balance blood glucose levels and blood pressure.
‘Artichoke extract may also relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as bloating, nausea and heartburn,’ Lee said.
Similarly to chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes contain inulin, which helps boost the immune system and balance blood glucose levels and blood pressure
Lee’s top prebiotic-rich foods for a healthy gut
1. Chicory root
2. Jerusalem artichokes
5. Whole oats
6. Root vegetables
Garlic to prevent diseases spreading and improve the nervous system
Garlic can act as a prebiotic to help prevent disease-causing bacteria from spreading around the body.