Wait, So You’re Saying They’re Not The Same Thing?
The Difference Between Probiotics and Prebiotics
Probiotics are live bacteria that provide health benefits to your body, especially your digestive system, when consumed.
Prebiotics are a form of dietary fiber from the non-digestible part of foods that feed the good bacteria (probiotics) already live inside the large intestine.
Where You Can Find Them
Probiotics are naturally created in the fermentation process of some foods, such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and tempeh. Probiotics are also available in pill form, and as an added ingredient to other products.
Prebiotic fiber comes from the non-digestible parts of foods such as chicory root, dandelion greens, bananas, onion, garlic, asparagus and the skin of apples. Prebiotic fiber is also available in pill form.
How They Are Related
Probiotics and Prebiotics both act to improve your gut health, helping with various digestive problems and even boost your immune system. Probiotics are live bacteria that act to clean out your gut. They need to be fed in order to remain active and maintain their effectiveness. Prebiotics act as food for Probiotics, allowing them to thrive and benefit you as much as possible.
Why You Should Take Them
Probiotics are used to treat a variety of digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as skin conditions like eczema and perioral dermatitis. Studies suggest that Probiotics are also useful in preventing colds, allergies, and supporting oral health. Prebiotics increase the “good” bacteria in your gut, while also working to increase calcium and magnesium absorption, promote stronger bones, and boost your immune system! Many supplements on the market are just Probiotics. However, if you are not consuming enough Prebiotic fiber to support the live bacteria in your gut, the Probiotics will not be as effective. Due to this, adding a combination of Probiotic and Prebiotic supplements to your diet —in addition to the right foods— is a great way to ensure a healthy mix of bacteria in your gut.
Give your body the balance it needs to perform its best. Active Balance contains both active Probiotic cultures and Prebiotic soluble fiber, improving digestive function and restoring digestive balance. It also helps support a healthy immune system and strengthens your body’s natural defenses.