Fibre nourishes healthy gut bacteria and is an important food source for its growth
Fibre increases the growth of Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli which are 2 of the most important bacteria.
This can be divided into soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.
Soluble fibre dissolves in water and is the main source of food (also called a prebiotic) for our gut bacteria. There are different types including Inulin and pectin which are found in foods such as beans, berries, nuts and oats.
Insoluble fibre doesn’t dissolve in water and provides bulk for the bowels to move well. They provide fibre called cellulose, chitin and lignin which is found in foods such as whole grains, salads, brown rice and couscous.
Western diets are severely lacking in fibre and considering that our guts are the gateway to optimal health. One of our greatest health priorities needs to be gut health.
Start your gut transformation journey today by upping your fibre intake. Make sure you have both types of bacteria to make a difference.
Our gut bacteria transform fibre into short chain fatty acids which are highly anti inflammatory. This is one of the mechanisms where the bacteria impact the immune system to reduce allergies and conditions such as eczema.
Mothers who ate high fibre diets reduced the asthma risk by 50% in their babies which shows the powerful effect of this often forgotten dietary powerhouse.
Some examples of a fibre rich meal
- Bowl of oats with berries
- A salad with shredded carrots, cucumber and celery
- Fresh Berry smoothie with apple juice
- A bowl of nuts and raisins
- Couscous with a tomato based curry sauce
- Overnight oats and chia seeds topped with strawberries.
Now you know why it’s so important - Be intentional about your diet and it will reap benefits in your long term health. Minimise processed foods and incorporate fresh uncooked vegetables and fruits on a daily basis.