Prebiotics are types of dietary fiber that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus in the intestines. Improving the balance of health-promoting bacteria can help prevent disease and alleviate symptoms. Oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and ginger not only promote the growth of friendly bacteria, but also suppress the growth of pathogenic bacteria. So be sure to spice it up! Other prebiotics include:

  • hickory and jicama root
  • garlic
  • dandelion greens
  • onions
  • leeks
  • ginger
  • asparagus
  • bananas, apples
  • artichokes
  • whole grains like barley and oats
  • cocoa
  • flaxseeds
  • seaweed.

 

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