Research has shown that some components of food can improve the health of our gut and encourage a healthy balance of gut bacteria.
Our gut bacteria (also called our gut microbiota) have been linked to a number of health conditions including:
The major components of food found to naturally boost healthy gut flora and improve the environment of our gut include:
The break down of prebiotics (via fermentation) by the gut flora produces short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) in our colon.
SCFAs have been shown to provide a number of positive health effects with the bowel including:
People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may find that the fermentation of these prebiotics** results in increased gas levels. This can result in unwanted side-effects such as abdominal bloating, pain, wind or altered bowel movements. Therefore for people with IBS it is important to find a level of consumption that is tolerated.
** indicates those foods that may trigger symptoms in people who have gut disorders or food sensitivities.
It can be time consuming with confusing mistakes made when trying to go it alone with low FODMAP.