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💊 What You Must Know About Probiotics and Prebiotics
A few months ago my friend was telling me about how she had stomach problems and so forth. I won’t get into all the details, but she mentioned how her doctor said she should eat some yogurt for the “beneficial bacteria… the probiotics”.
I told her that yogurt ok and there are much better options, which I’ll reveal to you in a minute.
However, I also mentioned to my friend that she must also take some prebiotics, in addition to the probiotics.
Then, with a surprised and confused look on her face asked, “what the heck are those?…. I’ve never even heard of them?… What’s the difference between the pro and prebiotics?”
And this is the typical response I get when I tell someone about prebiotics – most people have never heard of them.
And this is a really important topic for you because healthy “gut bacteria” is vital for BOTH your physical and mental/emotional health.
Also, if you’ve ever taken antibiotics, then you should for sure watch today’s video because antibiotics kill off these important bacteria and it can take months before your gut bacteria is back to healthy levels.
Many people have heard of probiotics, but not too many have heard of prebiotics and that’s what I’m going to quickly discuss today – The differences in the two and why you should take both.
Plus, the best foods and supplements to get both from.
Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics
Even though they sound similar, the two play different roles for your health.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria, while prebiotics are food for these bacteria.
Even though they play different roles in your body, both are extremely important and work best when taken together. In a short summary:
Probiotics: These are live bacteria found in certain foods or supplements. They can provide numerous health benefits, such as:
Help prevent and treat diarrhea
Keep your regular and your colon healthy
Improve mental and emotional health
Keep your heart healthy
Boost your immune system
Even help lose weight and belly fat
Prebiotics: These substances come from types of carbs (mostly fiber) that humans can’t digest. The beneficial bacteria in your gut eat this fiber.
Basically, PREbiotics are fuel for the PRObiotics. PREbiotics help feed the PRObiotics and healthy bacteria in your gut.
Thus, with the addition of prebiotics, the probiotics you take will do more and continue to grow and get stronger.
Where To Get Your Probiotics
You can get these from food and supplements.
As far as food sources, yogurt is one that most people have heard of. If you make home-made yogurt, it’s much healthier and has higher prebiotics than the store bought ones.
However, I prefer fermented foods such as
Sauerkraut – which has REALLY high amounts
Kefir (dairy and non-dairy, I suggest NON)
Your other option is in supplement form, which is what I personally do. Now, this can get really complicated because there are so many strains and quantity
Some are just 2 strains and have a few million “microorganisms” and “cultures”. Then we have those that might have as many as over 12 strains and 90+ BILLION “microorganisms/cultures”
The higher the amounts, the more effective.
Where To Get Your Prebiotics
Similar to probiotics, you can get these from food and supplements.
Prebiotics are types of fiber found in carbohydrate sources.
Foods that are high in prebiotic fiber include:
Legumes, beans and peas.
However, keep in mind that you do need to eat a lot of these foods to get a good amount of prebiotics.
This is why I just take a supplement for it, to guarantee I get a good amount of prebiotics. There are many brands that sell prebiotics. If you want to keep it simple and really inexpensive, which is what I do — I just take Inulin powder.
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