I’m taking a Probiotic, should I be taking a Prebiotic?
Probiotics are living strains of bacteria that add to the population of good bacteria in your gut. There are almost 500 species of bacteria 🦠 that live and thrive in your gut. Of these, 48 species make up 98% of your microbiome. Trillions of bacteria live in the gut microbiome and these bacteria can be destroyed or weakened by many things including viral infections, antibiotics, smoking and alcohol. Different probiotic foods and supplements can boost or replace strains of these bacteria which are essential for good gut health! Your gut is responsible for 80% of your immune system so it’s pretty important to look after your gut bacteria.
Sources of Probiotics can be found in kefir, sauerkraut, some yogurts and probiotics supplements like Symprove, Optibac, Udo’s Choice and Bio-kult.
Probiotics are the good bacteria while prebiotics are the good bacteria promoters. They work in synergy with each other, so your gut needs both of them to keep your gastrointestinal tract healthy.
Prebiotics are found in fibre. Different sources of fibre will break down at different stages of the gut, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract and feed different bacteria. With fibre, diversity is key to ensuring all the good bacteria in the gut are nourished and thriving. Bananas, nuts and seeds are very good sources of fibre. Pysllium husk, the main ingredient in Sylliflor High Fibre supplement is a very strong prebiotic in that it ferments the entire length of the large intestine, feeding and nourishing a lot of good bacteria! Check out image three in the excerpt attached below to see how strong a prebiotic the pysllium husk, the main ingredient in Sylliflor is!
So, taking a probiotic is like throwing seeds on a garden and prebiotics provide nourishment for the seeds to thrive and grow. If you’re not getting enough prebiotics or fibre in your diet you may as well be throwing seeds onto a garden of cement!