The terms “probiotics” and “prebiotics” have garnered a lot of attention over the years. And, while they might sound similar, they perform different, yet complementary, functions in nurturing our gut microbiome. Here we break down what they are and how they differ.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that support our health in countless ways. We have trillions of good bacteria living inside us, but we must support this microscopic ecosystem to ensure that the beneficial bacteria outweigh the bacteria that could threaten our health.
These beneficial bacteria can be found in supplements, as well as naturally in some of the foods that we consume, such as yogurt and fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha tea. They can also be found in some unpasteurized pickled vegetables.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are specific nutrients from carbohydrates that the body cannot digest, most of which are fiber. Prebiotics act as food for good bacteria which in turn, help these beneficial bacteria grow and multiply.
Like probiotics, prebiotics are found in supplements and some of the foods we eat including bananas, berries, legumes, beans, peas, asparagus, and onions.
Some of those foods can also be considered synbiotics because they contain both beneficial bacteria and a prebiotic source of fiber for the bacteria to feed on.
A Healthy Gut is a Happy Gut.
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