Prebiotics- feeding your ‘inner garden’
Probiotics and fertility are powerful partners, but are even better with daily prebiotics
Probiotics preferential food source is carbohydrate fibers or nondigestible food ingredients, otherwise known as prebiotics. If you are consuming a ‘whole food diet’ then there is every chance that you are consuming sufficient FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) - artichokes, garlic, onion, leeks, asparagus and GOS (galacto-oligosaccharides) – legumes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, beetroot, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. Resistant starch foods such as legumes, green bananas, cooked and cooled potato, uncooked oats also contribute to the internal feast too.
Most of the gut microbiota dwell in the bowel and so it is here that the fermentation and degradation of prebiotic foods occurs to provide a food source allowing the good bacteria to flourish and repopulate.
Prebiotics provides many other health benefits – lowering cardiovascular health risks, a reduction in colon cancer, a decrease in weight loss, improved digestion, improved insulin control, a stronger immune system.