What can you do to feed your second brain?

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Foods for the second brain.

Garlic

An anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powerhouse, garlic leaves your healthy gut bacteria unharmed, unlike antibiotics. It is known as a pre-biotic for this quality, actually feeding on healthy bacteria and leaving the gut clean like a good housekeeper. Garlic is most effective when consumed raw, not in powder form. You can cut up a few cloves and add them to your favorite recipes for a little kick, or even try making garlic, honey, and lemon tea to boost immunity significantly.

Check out the awesome health benefits of garlic here.

2. Asparagus

Another prebiotic is asparagus, a tasty vegetable that looks like miniature trees. Widely used as a digestive aid, asparagus is rich in inulin, a type of carbohydrate also known as a poly fructan. It differs from regular carbs because it does not get broken down in the digestive tract. Inulin passes all the way to the large intestine.

It also acts as a food source for good bacteria, helping them to proliferate and crowd out the bad bacteria. Lastly, asparagus can help the body absorb nutrients as well as improve allergies.

3. Beets

You can use both the red beet and the greens to support digestive regularity. Beets also keep the digestive tract lining and muscles smooth so that they can function their best. Additionally, beets are nutritionally loaded, offering a great source of both potassium and magnesium. The greens offer iron, calcium, and beta-carotene as well.

4. Bananas

Due to banana’s superfood qualities, this fruit is already a favorite for many to consume. Bananas are a natural antacid that can protect the stomach from ulcers. The fruit triggers cells in the stomach lining to create a thick and protective mucus barrier that keeps stomach acids out.

Additionally, bananas contain soluble fiber to help move food through the intestines and are an excellent source of potassium.

5. Apples

The old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away is actually true. Apples are a great boon to the digestive system, keeping healthy bacteria plentiful. In fact, apples have a positive impact on two bacteria in the large intestine, which creates changes in metabolism in the digestive system.

They also provide a good source of dietary fiber and combine with nutrients that help protect the heart and regulate both blood and fat cells.

6. Sweet Potatoes

Full of important vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, potassium, and iron, these little tubers are an amazing nutritional base, doing wonders for the digestive tract. They are also another great source of dietary fiber (especially when you leave the skin on.)

In fact, you get more dietary fiber in a single medium-sized potato than in an entire bowl of oatmeal.

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