We’ve heard more about both probiotics and prebiotics as modern science and research have found the importance the microbiome plays on our overall health. However, even though the names are similar, probiotics and prebiotics have different effects on our health.
Probiotics represent bacteria that are typically found in our bodies and particular foods. Probiotics have many health benefits as bacteria in our gut is vital for normal functions of our body. Probiotics should also be taken if you need to take antibiotics, as antibiotics kill both the good and the harmful bacteria in our bodies.
Some foods naturally contain probiotics in them and can help you to maintain a healthy gut and microbiome. These foods include yogurt and fermented foods. Bacteria can thrive in fermented food like kimchi, pickles, and other pickled vegetables. However, if you plan on eating fermented food as a source of probiotics, make sure it is not pasteurized, as the process of pasteurization is used to kill the bacteria in food.
Probiotics can also be taken as supplements. They can be found in many forms. However, not all of the probiotic formulas were created equally. Some are better than others. Even though there are good bacteria we need in our gut, doctors are divided on whether you should take probiotics as supplements. Some believe that taking probiotics can disturb your natural gut microbiome, while others believe it can help with digestion, gut microbiome, and overall health.
Prebiotics represent the type of carbs that we can’t digest. These carbs serve as food to the good bacteria in our microbiome.
Even though there are many different types of prebiotic supplements, prebiotics can be found in many kinds of foods. They are found in legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Bananas, leeks, oats, berries, asparagus, beans, and peas all have a high supply of prebiotics in them.
The bacteria in our gut’s microbiome uses the prebiotics and turns it into fatty acid, which helps with reducing the inflammation inside the colon, reducing a chance of developing cancer, and assisting cells in performing routine functions.