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Prebiotics vs. Probiotics…Why You Need Both

December 8th, 2022

Balance is an important word when it comes to your health.

Nowhere is it more important than with your lower digestive tract, a.k.a. your “gut”. And when it comes to your gut, the two things that need to be in balance are prebiotics and probiotics.

Keep reading to learn why gut health is so important and the role prebiotics and probiotics play in preserving gut health.

Why Gut Health is Important

Your gut is made up of your small and large intestines.

After the acids in your stomach break down the food you eat, it first passes through your small intestine. This is where the bulk of nutrients are removed from your food.

Then, waste passes into the large intestine where fluid is extracted.

The key for a healthy gut lies in your “gut biome”…a collection of up to 500 different kinds of “good” bacteria. These bacteria perform a number of vital functions such as:

  • Help your body absorb and digest food
  • Support healthy immune system function
  • Fighting inflammation
  • Fight “bad” bacteria when you are sick

A healthy “gut biome” can reduce your risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.

Unfortunately, loss of “good” gut bacteria can cause bad things to happen.

What Happens When Your Good Gut Biome Goes Bad

Your gut biome keeps you healthy in a number of ways.

However, an unhealthy gut biome can cause several healthy issues, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Gastric reflux
  • Joint pain
  • Sudden weight gain or loss

How can this happen? Your “good” bacteria can be thrown out of balance by stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, and antibiotics taken for infections.

And this is why you may need prebiotics and probiotics.

What Are Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Prebiotics and probiotics are often talked about together. However, they are two very different things which work together to keep your gut healthy.

Prebiotics are non-digestible fibers found in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Although they don’t provide nutrition for your body, prebiotics are the food source for the beneficial bacteria which make up your gut biome.

The health benefits provided by prebiotics include stronger immune system function, better digestion, and less risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Prebiotics may improve the absorption of some nutrients and minerals. They also have a positive effect on mental health.

Probiotics, however, are actual living microorganisms. They are very similar to the beneficial bacteria which make up your natural gut biome.

Because they are so similar to your normal gut microbes, probiotics help restore your healthy gut biome when it is thrown off by poor diet, high stress, or use of antibiotics.

Good natural sources of probiotics are fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

Bot prebiotics and probiotics are available in supplement form, Often they are included in the same supplement.

Does Your Gut Need Prebiotics or Probiotics?

The microbes which make up your gut biome are critical to support your overall health and well-being.

Both prebiotics and probiotics can help restore gut health if your gut biome is out of balance. In most cases they don’t cause any negative side effects. However, before adding prebiotics or probiotics to your diet you should consult with your medical advisor.

Want to learn more about how prebiotics and probiotics can help support your health?

Call Renew Youth at 800-859-7511 or use our contact form to set up your free 30-minute consultation.

 

 

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