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March 13, 2018 •

Feed Your Gut Right to Boost Short-chained Fatty Acids (SCFA’s)

Male body,man surrounded by microbiome cloud of bacteria, viruses, microbes. 3d rendering. Dense microbe population

The single most powerful influence you have on your microbiome, the “good” bacteria in your gut, is to “feed it” properly! The beneficial bacteria in your GI tract thrive on the fiber present in the plant-based foods you eat. Meaning, they are strictly vegan! In contrast, bad bacteria, which compete with the good and promote disease, tend to prefer processed, industrial foods and animal foods that lack fiber. Good bacteria digest plant-based fibers to produce highly beneficial compounds called short-chained fatty acids (SCFA’s). When it comes to boosting SCFA’s, certain types of plant fibers are even better than others. Your microbiome’s preferred types of fiber are inulin and arabinogalactans.

The foods that offer the most of these special fibers (also known as prebiotics) are:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Oats
  • Carrots
  • Okra
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes 

Think of these foods as the “superstars” for feeding your microbiome. Eat them often!


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