Last week we talked about the importance of protecting your internal rain forest – the microbiome. Below you will find some more specific examples on how to do that. But, isn’t it enough if I just take some probiotic tablets? Doesn’t that take care of things?
Introducing more of the good bacteria into your system aka probiotics, can be a very beneficial thing. However, these probiotics have a very short life span, so it’s not enough just to take a capsule with probiotics. You want to make sure that they survive, and that they can multiply. How do you do that? Feed them the right food, aka prebiotics.
The following are some amazing prebiotics. Try to include as many of them as you can daily and weekly, as they help your good bacteria to live well and do their work.
Tomatoes, Radishes, Leeks, Onions, Asparagus, Carrots, Garlic, Jerusalem artichoke
Remove, or avoid as much as possible the following, as they feed the bad bacteria and create an imbalance and inflammation in your gut.
–Processed and Packaged foods
–Hydrogenated and Trans fats (especially fried foods)
If you want to read more about this topic, I recommend reading “The Microbiome Diet” by Raphael Kellman. It is a great book, with plenty of background as to why, without making it a “heavy” read.
There are no quick fixes for optimal health. Just do your best daily, and with time even small implementations will have a great impact.