|We all know the importance of probiotics – they are good bacteria that help regulate our gut. But what about prebiotics?
Although you may not know much about them, prebiotics and probiotics together help you maintain overall wellness, improve your gut health, boost the immune system, and prevent many ailments. Many foods contain probiotics and prebiotics in natural forms.
Keeping your gut happy should be one of your main health goals. If your gut isn’t happy, the rest of your body may fall weak eventually. A healthy gut equals a happy body.
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Why Probiotics and Prebiotics are Important for a Healthy Gut
Probiotics and prebiotics are vastly different but they complement each other to improve your health. Pro- and prebiotics rich foods can be made part of your diet to reduce and prevent recurrence in health concerns.
What is the Work of Probiotics?
We have already established the fact that probiotics are good bacteria in your gut. For a healthy gut, a balance between good and bad bacteria is important.
Our lifestyle, the food we consume, and other factors, such as age, can reduce the number of good bacteria and that’s when we start feeling queasy, constipated, and indigested.
The work of probiotics is to break the food we eat and digest them, maintain our gut health, regulate our immune system, and manage the production of hormones, insulin, and leptin, both of which play a vital role in the way we think and react. Leptin and insulin are responsible for producing neurotransmitters (GABA, dopamine, serotonin, etc.).
Related: How to Manage Your Gut Health
How Does the Good Bacteria Help Your Health?
What is the Work of Prebiotics?
Prebiotics are required to boost the growth and function of our gut bacteria. Prebiotics are derived from certain plant-based foods’ non-digestible fibers. Inulin, galactooligosaccharide, and oligosaccharides are different types of prebiotics found in fibers. Note that while all prebiotics is fibers, not all fibers contain prebiotics.
How Does the Good Bacteria Food Help Your Health?
Apart from providing nutrition to good bacteria, prebiotics benefits our body in the following ways:
The above information was published in bits in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, The Endocrine Practice, The British Journal of Nutrition and The Journal of Nutrition respectively.
How Prebiotics and Probiotics Complement each other?
Probiotics are incomplete without prebiotics. On the other hand, if there are no healthy bacteria in your gut, prebiotics will be of no use. One is fuel, while another is food. If both are not available in adequate quantity, your body will starve and create a host of problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, derailed immune system, constipation, and piles in severe cases.
Which Foods are Best Source of Probiotics and Prebiotics?
Probiotics are found richly in sour and fermented plant or dairy-based foods, such as:
Prebiotics are particular dietary fibers found in the following foods:
Make sure you consume different types of probiotic foods to get the most benefits and increase their potential. Furthermore, try to consume prebiotics in their natural form, such as raw vegetables to preserve most of their fiber content.
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Henna is a proficient writer who firmly believes in the age-old remedies and holistic medicine as a primary cure for several diseases. After graduating she embarked on a journey to find the truth about holistic and natural remedies.
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