Prebiotics, Probiotics or Synbiotics?
Which is the best for your gut health?
You may be familiar with these terms but what are they are why do people talk about them regarding gut health?
To understand the difference… here are the facts. 👇🏼
Prebiotics - a non-digestible part of a food that travels the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) undigested to the large intestine where it ferments.
E.g. apples, leeks, asparagus, onions, wholegrains, garlic, oats, soybeans, lentils, nuts and seeds.
Through fermentation prebiotics feed beneficial bacteria increasing quality and quantity of bacteria in our GIT.
Prebiotics also attract water into your large intestine contributing to those easy, not too breezy bowel motions (💩) we love ;) 〰️
Probiotics - are the live bacteria that are naturally available in fermented foods like yoghurt, sauerkraut, miso, kimchi and more.
These bacteria, naturally present in our gut help digest foods, destroy disease causing microbes, produce neurotransmitters and vitamins. Balancing this profile of bacteria is vital to all the above processes.
Did you know that research has just scratched the surface on the specific bacterias, their roles and how they can influence digestive disorders, allergic disorders, oral health, colic in infants, liver disease, colds and flus and more!
The best way to understand the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic is as if your gut is a garden. You can add seeds—the probiotic bacteria—while the prebiotic fiber is the water and fertilizer that helps the seeds to grow and flourish.
A balance of both prebiotics and probiotics in the diet is essential. Therefore a symbiotic diet (combination of pre and probiotics) is the ultimate goal for gut health.
If you guessed it - amazing! 👏🏼
Stay tuned for more.