Getting your daily dose of this living bacteria and yeast has tremendous effects on the body. Probiotics support your gut health, boost your immune system and improve digestion. They’ve also been known to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) and fight depression and anxiety. While these health benefits sound great, probiotics can’t do it all alone. In order for probiotics to thrive, they need prebiotics.
Yes, although this is repetition, I always want several different opinions. It is more believable when you have several different doctors saying the same. I am learning it for the first time too. This was written by Melissa Gundersen for Dr. Axe.
Many people overlook the importance of prebiotics either because they don’t know what prebiotics are or they think they are the same and both play very different roles in helping maintain your health. While many people believe prebiotics and probiotics are the same, they’re actually very different. In fact, both have to work closely together in order to support digestive health.
Probiotics are living bacteria and yeast that, for the most part, live in the intestinal tract. This good bacteria helps to balance out the bad bacteria in the digestive system. We ingest probiotics through food and supplements. On their own, probiotics have a limited effect. That’s because they’re easily destroyed. In order to live, probiotics need food to feed on. That’s where prebiotics come in to play.
Prebiotics are not a live, rather they’re a form of fiber. Bacteria in the gut, including probiotics digest fiber. Think of prebiotics as food for probiotics. We also ingest prebiotics through food and supplement
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Along with fermented foods, certain fruits and vegetables listed in the infographic above, you also take daily probiotics supplements to balance gut bacteria and overall health. It is important to note though, regardless of how you ingest probiotics (by food or supplements) they still need to feed off prebiotics in order to survive.