Watching what you eat is not enough to make sure that the body is getting sufficiently nourished to become healthy and free from diseases.
Every gut needs “good” bacteria to fight “bad” bacteria to prevent the occurrence of various diseases. The best way to avoid such circumstances is to eat foods rich in probiotics according to research. Since men are more active than women, they should be eating these kinds of food not only to fight diseases but also to lose weight, improve mood, and improve the skin.
Prebiotics is different from probiotics mainly because they are not living organisms but fermentable fibers that go through the digestive system undigested promoting probiotic growth and activity afterward. “Pre” conveys “before” and indicates that prebiotics is a requirement for bacteria. “Pro”, on the other hand, means “for life” suggesting probiotics are live, dynamic bacterial cultures.
Brigham and Women’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery senior bariatric dietitian Melissa Majumdar R.D said, “Prebiotics can be thought of as the food for probiotics. By eating a diet high in prebiotic containing foods, we provide enough fuel for the live microorganisms, probiotics, to repopulate and flourish.”
Research findings suggest that prebiotics and probiotics could have a major role in improving the immune and digestive function, decrease the risk of diseases, and even manage the symptoms of lactose intolerance according to Boston University’s Sargent Choice Nutrition Center registered dietitian, Jordan Badger R.D.
Dietitians, of course, will favor the real or natural food instead of taking supplements to fill up on fibers. The foods below are best included in the diet to make sure that the body gets enough prebiotics to energize the microorganisms in the gut.
Flaxseed. The seeds have been used for a plethora of conditions associated with gastrointestinal (GI) tract, constipation, colon damage because of laxatives, and inflammation of the lining of the large intestine to name a few. It is a good source of dietary fiber as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Researchers suppose that the fiber attaches to cholesterol in the intestine and prevents its absorption.
Bananas. These fruits are a center of energy best for a workout and digestive health. Bananas are loaded with resistant starch and prebiotics inulin that encourages the microorganisms in the gut. They also carry high levels of potassium and the best source of vitamin B6.
Beans and Peas. Although they are not thoroughly digested in the body, these legumes are a great source of lean protein. They also serve as a solid supplier of food to the healthy bacteria in the intestines.
Barley. This grain is full of healthy fiber known as beta-glucan. When consumed as a whole grain, it likewise provides some protein, minerals, vitamins, and healthy oils. It also contains molybdenum, selenium, and manganese. Barley is also packed with amounts of copper, magnesium, niacin, chromium, vitamin B1, and phosphorus. It is brimming with a group of antioxidants called lignans that could lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Onions and Garlic. These bulbs both contain prebiotic fibers inulin, fructooligosaccharide, and vitamin C. Garlic is rich in vitamin B6 while onions are bountiful of potassium.
Incorporating these vegetables in the daily food intake ensures the health and well-being of the body.