Prebiotics: Probiotics’ Partner in Crime

Healthy bacteria have long been touted as the gateway to a healthy guy.  While a healthy digestive system is crucial to overall health, studies have shown that these bacteria can also help fight tooth decay.  Many people have already adopted the incorporation of probiotics through diet and supplements, but have yet to discover probiotics’ counterpart: prebiotics.  Prebiotics are a type of dietary fiber that helps feed the good bacteria so it can flourish and grow.  Oral health is stimulated by the increased production of lactic acid, which lowers the pH within the system and inhibits the growth of harmful bacterial strains that can cause cavities.

Introduce prebioitics into your daily routine by consuming these foods:

Dandelion Greens:  Known for their diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, they are a great addition to salads and smoothies.

Raw Garlic:  A long-standing culinary favorite, it has shown to have anti-cancer, antimicrobial and antioxidant effects.

Onions:  An extremely versatile vegetable that is not only rich in prebiotics, but also quercetin which gives them their antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.

Leeks:  High in flavonoids that help the body fight antioxidative stress, leeks act as a great addition to soups and stews.

Raw Asparagus:  Although asparagus is not usually consumed in raw form, it can easily be incorporated into a smoothie for consumption.