- Foods such as asparagus, onions, leeks, garlic and bananas can also help to feed a balanced microflora – but be careful here…they can feed the unhelpful bacteria as well as the beneficial bacteria so can lead to more bloating if the microflora is out of balance.
Whilst the basic structure of our microbiome is established by the time we are around 3 years of age, its total composition will change on a daily basis throughout our lives. Bacteria forms around half of the faecal mass we excrete every day and replenishing this bacteria with friendly species depends upon what we eat and drink on a daily basis.
Before refrigeration was invented, we ate lots of fermented and cultured foods, which gave us an ongoing supply of friendly bacteria and help to maintain balance in the microbiome. Today’s diet lacks these foods and probiotic supplements can help feed this balance.