Probiotics vs Prebiotics

I think most of us have probably heard of probiotics these days, with doctors beginning to recommend them to patients who have been on antibiotics. Great to see they are finally getting lots of mainstream attention. Prebiotics are a lesser known factor for promoting optimal digestive health,  but what is the difference between the two and why do we need both?

Probiotics help to keep your gut healthy by balancing the flora in your gut. These microbiota help to; balance the PH of your gut, increase the absorption of minerals, help promote digestion and help fight "bad" bacteria, while also manufacturing vitamins B&K and are anti-inflammatory - a truly astounding amount of work going on behind the scenes. 

Sources of Probiotics in food include my favourites Kombucha, Kimchi and Sauerkraut, as well as Natural Yoghurt, Milk Kefir and Water Kefir. 

Prebiotics assist the probiotics that are in the large bowel and colon and help them grow whilst also helping support the cells in the colon.  Prebiotics act a little like fertiliser for the probiotics and without them the probiotics won't perform to the best of their abilities!

The great news is that prebiotics unlike probiotics are found in the foods we consume more regularly day to day such as; garlic, onions, dandelion leaves, bananas, leeks, asparagus, oats, barley, apples, chichory and artichokes.

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Prebiotics

Are found in garlic, onions, dandelion leaves, bananas, leeks, asparagus, oats, barley, apples, chichory and artichokes.

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Probiotics

Are found in Kombucha, Kimchi and Sauerkraut as well as Natural Yoghurt, Milk Kefir and Water Kefir.

Simone Hadfield