Probiotics & Prebiotics: What’s the Difference?
Probiotics and Prebiotics are both big topics in nutrition, and both provide important nutritional value for staying healthy. They are often confused with each other as they sound similar, but provide different health benefits to the body.
What are Probiotics and Prebiotics?
Probiotics – These are living bacteria that are found in certain foods and supplements.
Prebiotics – These are types of fibre that feed the good bacteria in your stomach.
It’s important to have both probiotics and prebiotics in your diet to ensure you have the right balance of bacteria to keep your microbiota in tip top condition.
Why is it important to keep a healthy stomach?
The good bacteria in your stomach protect against bad bacteria and fungi that might enter your stomach, aiding your immune system.
Other benefits of keeping a healthy stomach are:
- Prevents gut and digestive tract diseases such as Crohn’s disease
- Effective Digestion
- Brain health
- Heart health
- Healthy Sleeping
- Improved Mood
Through making sure you get enough probiotics and prebiotics into your system on a daily basis you ensure that you have the right balance of bacteria to reap the benefits of a healthy gut.
What foods contain Probiotics?
Some foods contain probiotics that naturally contain the good bacteria for your gut. One of the easiest foods to add to your diet that provides a lot of good bacteria is natural plain yoghurt.
Other foods that contain probiotics are fermented foods such as:
However, when eating fermented foods make sure they are not processed as this kills off the good bacteria needed for a healthy gut.
What foods contain Prebiotics?
Lots of food naturally contain prebiotics, as prebiotics are a type of fibre found in fruits and vegetables. Humans are unable to digest these types of fibres but the good bacteria in your gut can.
Foods which contain probiotic fiber include:
- Jerusalem artichokes
And the list goes on. As you can see lots of different foods contain prebiotics but making sure you get enough fruit and vegetables in your diet is a sure way to ensure you are getting enough probiotics.
Probiotics and Prebiotics are essential nutrients for a healthy lifestyle, and a must in any diet.
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