Choke out Bad Bacteria (with Sunchokes!)
The sunchokes in my garden are just about to be harvested and it’s gotten me dreaming about this nutty, delicious tuber that I’ll be munching on next week.
Let’s talk about the microbiome. Clearly it’s one of my favorite things to talk about because I’ve written about it here, here, and here. Well, the humble sunchoke is the golden child of gut microbiome health because it is full of inulin which acts as a prebiotic. Eating a diet that is high in prebiotics is a bit different than taking probiotics. Prebiotics act as food for beneficial probiotics organisms in the body.
There is an entire universe of living microorganisms battling it out against each other in and on your body every single second of every single day. Lifestyle is the major factor in determining whether you have a microbiome that is full of good guys or bad guys. Ensuring that you get good sleep, exercise well, eat well and work on stress management all feed into a healthy microbiome. Why is this so important? Because having a healthy microbiome has an affect on our immune system and inflammation, our moods, our weight, and even our fertility.
You really don’t have to do much with sunchokes. They pack plenty of flavor just on their own. So here is my no-fuss recipe for roasted sunchokes:
Step 1: Scrub sunchokes clean
Step 2: Throw onto a baking dish and drizzle some olive oil on top
Step 3: Bake at 350 degrees until tender (~30 minutes)
Step 4: Season with herbs, salt and pepper
Step 5: Enjoy!
Kathleen Lee MTCM, L.Ac. RTCMP, FABORM
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