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What Are Prebiotics?

While many people have heard of probiotics, prebiotics are something of a new concept. These natural supplements, which also benefit the gut, work in different ways than probiotics.

It’s important to understand the difference between probiotics VS prebiotics so that a person can create the best plan for intestinal health. Most of the time, a person benefits by taking both probiotic and prebiotic supplements. However, if probiotics are needed for healing, you’ll want to make sure that you’re taking those in addition to prebiotics.

The Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria that are usually found in the form of yogurt, capsules and pills, fermented drinks, and powders. They’re sometimes prescribed by doctors, and are often purchased by people looking for natural gut healing to combat gastrointestinal problems. Probiotics are popular natural medicines among those who have just finished a round of antibiotics because they help restore gut balance. Probiotics are live strains of friendly bacteria that can propagate in the digestive tract and fight off overgrowth of bad bacteria. Additionally, their presences in the gut can heal many health troubles.

Prebiotics are plant materials, specifically plant fibers, that nourish friendly bacteria (probiotics). Prebiotics can be used to fuel probiotics that you’re taking as part of your natural treatment for IBS, and they can be ingested to help the friendly bacteria that’s already in your gut flourish. Prebiotics should be thought of as fertilizers for good bacteria. Since the body does not actually digest these plant fibers, it uses them to feed friendly bacteria and keep the intestinal tract in perfect healthy balance.

Should You Take Prebiotic Supplements?

If you’re taking probiotics, on doctor’s orders or for your own reasons, it will likely benefit you to take a prebiotic. Prebiotic supplements can provide the proper nourishment for your probiotics, so they’ll flourish properly and help your digestive tract come to a healthy and balanced state.

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