There are so many factors in the modern lifestyle that provide a negative impact on gut bacteria. Stress, poor diet and antibiotic use are some of the big hitters.
These foods enhance the growth of beneficial bacteria and decrease potential pathogen populations. Think brightly coloured whole foods, plenty of fibre, moderate fat and moderate protein.
Brightly colored foods
Nuts and seeds - Flaxseed meal, hazelnuts, pecans
Fruits - Blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, plums, raspberries, red apples, purple grapes
Vegetables - Carrots (purple and red), red cabbage, spinach, red onions, broccoli, red lettuce, red capsicum
Grains - Red and black rice
Other - Black olives and olive oil
Prebiotic rich foods
Jerusalem artichokes, onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, beans, beetroot, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, linseed
Prebiotic like foods
Dark Cacoa, blueberries, almonds, green tea, brown rice, carrots
Legumes, green bananas, sweet potato, oats, cashews, potatoes (cooked and cooled)