Prebiotic vs. Probiotics. . .What’s the Difference really?
Are Prebiotics and Probiotics Really a Big Deal?
Did you know there is new research suggesting that your gut microbiome produces over 75% of your serotonin (the happiness hormone)?
Wait! What is the gut microbiome?
The gut microbiome is a vast ecosystem of organisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses and protozoans that live in our digestive pipes, which collectively weigh up to 2kg (heavier than the average brain). It is increasingly treated by scientists as an organ in its own right. Each gut contains about 100tn bacteria, many of which are vital, breaking down food and toxins, making vitamins and training our immune systems. (Read more here)
So we need probiotics and prebiotics…but what’s the difference?
Probiotics are “living” bacteria (like lactobacillus acidophilus) that help maintain healthy levels of good bacteria in our gut, or intestines. They’re naturally found in cultured or fermented foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, kimchi and sauerkraut.
Prebiotics are “non-living” food ingredients that feed the good bacteria in our intestines. They’re found in carbs (mostly fiber) that humans don’t digest like onions, garlic, bananas, oats, beans and peas.
The final answer: You should eat foods with balanced amounts of both (or talk to your doctor about taking them as supplements) to support good health and well being.