Prebiotics are something you may see on food labels, and even more so on probiotic supplements. Prebiotics are dietary fiber that feeds your microorganisms in your microbiota, which helps your whole digestive system work in unison. The difference between prebiotics and probiotics is simple, prebiotics feed the microorganisms that are probiotics when consumed.
Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates (soluble), so they end up being fermented in your colon into short-chain fatty acids. Short chain fatty acids provide energy for the cells lining the wall of the gut. (2) Non-soluble fiber is not fermented in the intestine.
BENEFITS OF PREBIOTICS (2,3)
-Weight loss/ maintenance
-Increased absorption of minerals
-Helps to ward off potentially pathogenic bacteria
-Increase gastrointestinal health
-Improved brain function
-Increase in metabolism
COMMON FOODS WITH PREBIOTICS (1)
-Chicory root (useful for anyone who wants a caffeine-free alternative to coffee)
With the help of prebiotics, it is very possible that your gut microbiota will flourish. Adding probiotics to your diet will give you a good 1-2 punch on relieving your digestive symptoms, but of course, talk to your doctor before taking supplements or drastically changing your diet!
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