Probiotics and prebiotics are general buzzwords in the nutrition industry. Although they sound similar, and it’s easy to confuse them, they actually have different attributes and benefits. Having both in our diet will create a healthy environment for our bodies to thrive.
Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics?
- Probiotics are living, natural, friendly colonies of bacteria found in certain supplements and foods like cultured and fermented foods and drinks. This bacteria will keep your gut health optimal and will also have a huge influence on your overall health.
- Prebiotics are specific types of fiber called oligosaccharides, which offer support for our immune and digestive systems. These foods pass through our digestive tract undigested because we are not able to fully break them down. Instead, they are fermented in the large colon which helps feed probiotics.
Benefits of Probiotics and Prebiotics
- Improves digestion
- Repopulates good bacteria after during antibiotic treatment
- Increases nutrient absorption of food
- Improves complexion and skin texture
- Improves lactose intolerance
- Promotes healthy bowel movements
- Improves calcium absorption
- Healthy yeast balance
- Support vitamin K production
- Prevent & treat diarrhea
- Promotes bone health
- Supports gut health
- Heightens brain function
- Lowers inflammation
- Improves moods
- Regulates hormones
- Reduces risk of heart disease
- Aids in weight loss
- Promotes tranquil sleep
- Natural detoxification
- Stress support
- Heightens mental and emotional health
Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods
Adding healthy probiotic and prebiotic foods into your diet is very easy. Probiotics are fermented foods and drinks like Kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, coconut kefir, miso, yogurt, natto, and tempeh. Prebiotic foods include under-ripe bananas, raw dandelion greens, legumes, leeks, onions, garlic, chicory root, organic corn, oats, and potato starch.
To keep your body loaded with nutrients you must have a balanced combination of both. Prebiotics are the main food source for probiotics. Probiotics cannot abound in your gut without prebiotics.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to offer any medical advice whatsoever. If you have any health concerns, see your healthcare provider.