Pre- and probiotics: the dynamic duo
About 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates said: “All disease starts in the gut.” Well, it seems like science finally caught up and joined the party. Gut health, and ways to improve it, have been a hot topic for the last couple of years. And certainly not without reason. Hippocrates was right in stating that an unhealthy gut can have a quite some negative impact on your entire body. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to improve your gut flora. One of these things, taking pre- and probiotics, will be the subject of this article.
So, what are probiotics? Essentially, they are good bacteria that help to keep your digestive system healthy. Next, to it, they protect your gut from harmful bacteria. The good bacteria build parties in your colon and feast on fiber.
What can be confusing though, is that probiotics have a less well-known sister named prebiotics. It’s true, the names are almost identical, but their behavior and benefits are different. Prebiotics actually are dietary fiber, and fiber, in turn, is the indigestible part of your food. Fiber comes exclusively from plants. What on earth makes this so valuable to your body?
Let’s get back to the probiotics for a second. In order to keep your digestive system happy and healthy, the probiotics need food. The good thing is: prebiotics are their food. This means a balanced combination of the two will make your gut flora thrive and keep it healthy. So together, pre- and probiotics are a dynamic duo that will give your gut health a boost.
While all of this is nice, you may wonder how taking pre- and probiotics will help you. Good question! Having a healthy gut can prevent a lot of problems. To name but a few: it can help you overcome digestion-related problems, such as constipation, bloating or diarrhea. Recently, evidence is found that it can even help you when you suffer from lactose intolerance. That’s not all: a healthy gut also gives your immune system a boost! And last but not least, a better gut health will also support your feeling of well being and is known to make you happier.
So, to get back to Hippocrates’: I’m not sure if literally all diseases start in the gut. But the list of benefits of having a healthy gut is pretty impressive, right? The good news is: our balanced combination of pre- and probiotics is there to restore peace in your gut. It will introduce good and living microorganisms in your gut. At the same time it provides all these tiny creatures with enough food, so they can live and thrive there. And so they can spread this feeling of well-being not only in your gut, but also in your entire body.