Recap: Probiotics are live microorganisms that keep your gut flora balanced. Your gut affects every part of your body, from your digestion to your immune system, skin, brain, hormones, and adrenals. Probiotics are live microorganisms that help keep our gut flora balanced. Prebiotics act like fertilizers that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Put simply, prebiotics feed and nourish probiotics. They work together to boost your overall health including mental health.
Inulin is a naturally occurring prebiotic found in foods such as tomatoes, bananas, onions, artichoke hearts, and asparagus. Inulin is broken down (fermented) in the colon (large intestine) and produces Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA). SCFAs have been linked to health-promoting effects, including a reduced risk of inflammatory diseases, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
Asparagus contains inulin. It is also an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and rich in folate, an essential B vitamin for women. I love grilled asparagus and always notice an improvement in my digestion when I eat it.
The digestion of asparagus produces methanethiol and S-methyl thioesters, chemical compounds containing stinky sulfur, also known as brimstone. Fire and brimstone indeed. Yes, your pee will smell. But it’s FINE.
A diet rich in both pre and probiotic foods will help produce the best results of all. Eating a variety of fibrous fruits and veggies will increase microbial biodiversity, which is also important.