Continuing from my previous blog “That Gut Feeling”, in this post I will give you a bit more information about pro and prebiotics, and explain why both play an important role in maintaining a healthy microbiome and gut.
Probiotics are living, beneficial microbes (mostly bacteria and yeast) that form part of our microbiome in our gut and impart numerous health beneﬁts, such as promoting good digestion, improved immune function and increased resistance to infection. Most probiotic supplements in capsule or tablet form will state the number of colony forming units (cfu’s) or live organisms, in each tablet, as well as the number of different strains of yeast and bacteria.
Prebiotics on the other hand are the food sources or dietary fibres that promote and allow probiotics to thrive and grow. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients, meaning that they are not digested in the stomach and reach the large intestine (colon) unaltered by the digestion process. Once in the colon, the benefits of consuming prebiotics are realised. Prebiotics trigger the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut which, as mentioned above, impart many health benefits.
Below is a picture of what I call my army of probiotics. These help me to maintain a healthy gut and a general good feeling/sense of well-being. I take either one of these every single day.