Why are prebiotics important?

It’s an exciting time in the study of our microbiome.
There has been more research on the human microbiota (i.e. the microorganisms that inhabit our gastrointestinal system) in the past 3 years than the prior 50 years. 
With the completion of a massive scientific undertaking called the Human Microbiome Project, we now have a completely new understanding of how our 100 trillion gut bacteria contribute to both health and disease.The study provided quite a shock. 

Did you know that your gut houses between 500 and 1000 different species of microorganisms? 
It turns out, it’s not a few species of bacteria that make you healthier, it’s having many different species cooperating together.In other words, the more diversity of good bacteria you have, the healthier you are. 
That’s where prebiotics come in.

Prebiotics are the perfect fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut… including any probiotic you're taking.
By selectively feeding your beneficial microbes, their diversity increases, their numbers increase, and the bad microbes lose their stronghold. This sets up the ideal healing environment.