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Importance of Prebiotic and Probiotic Foods

Importance of Prebiotic and Probiotic Foods

You may have heard of prebiotic and probiotic but do you know why they’re important for your health? While both words sound similar, they actually have different functions within our body but they work together so your gut can function + be healthy. Let’s get into the specifics!

Prebiotics are plant fibers that stimulate the good bacteria in your gut. It’s basically food for the existing bacteria in your gut and it keeps everything in check. You can include more prebiotic foods into your diet by eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. 

Probiotics are the "good" bacteria/live cultures that are naturally found in your gut. These help balance your gut, boosts immunity and overall health. Yogurt, cheeses, kimchi, sauerkraut and cultured non-dairy yogurts are examples of probiotic foods. Probiotics can also help diminish bloat. Since bacteria in our intestine produces gas, upping your probiotics can help with digestion and reduce the feeling of bloat. Probiotics can help you feel fuller for longer, burn more calories, and store less fat.

Basically, prebiotics (good bacteria promoters) and probiotics (good bacteria) work together to improve your GI health. Consuming more of each is vital for your health and body in general! There are protein bars and supplements you can take but the best prebiotics and probiotics are found in your meals!