Prebiotic vs probiotic - Health Chef Julia

Prebiotics and Probiotics: Everything You Need To Know

May 21, 2022

Our gut health affects every process in our body. It is vital for nutrient absorption, hormone regulation, and fighting infections. That’s where probiotics and prebiotics come in to help. 

Firstly, let’s talk about our gut microbiota. As crazy as it sounds, we have living microorganisms inside us. More specifically in our gut, where good and bad bacteria reside.

The variety and balance of bacteria flora depend on the person’s diet. And it directly relates to the overall health of the body, Probiotics are one of those “good bacteria” that reside in our gut and function to improve digestion and develop our immune system. 

Probiotics vs. Prebiotics

While probiotics are generated by our bodies, prebiotics refers to natural soluble fiber that feeds the good bacteria in our large intestine, helping to promote balanced gut flora and healthy bowel function.

As a result, probiotics are the good bacteria in our gut and prebiotics are foods that help these bacteria grow and work properly. 

Benefits of prebiotics

  • It can help prevent gestational diabetes.
  • Improves calcium absorption. 
  • According to this study, it can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. 
  • Improves digestion and reduces stomach aches associated with constipation and diarrhea. 
  • Helps to calm and prevent eczema

Foods to eat

This powerful duo of nutrients is a must-have in your diet. Where can we get them? Try these foods. 

  • Kefir
  • Yogurt 
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Fermented dairy products like gouda cheese and buttermilk. 
  • High-fiber foods such as broccoli, avocados, nuts, berries, and beans. 

Are you ready to try the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics? Check out my Instagram for fun, easy cooking ideas you can make at home.

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