Prebiotic vs. Probiotics

Prebiotic vs. Probiotics

While the names may sound very similar, there is a pretty big difference between prebiotics and probiotics. They are both essential and can help with healthy digestion, but there are some significant differences between the two. Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we are dedicated to helping our patients understand different terms like this, so they can have the healthy bacteria they need to keep their digestive health in check.

So, What Are Probiotics?

Most people are more familiar with probiotics than prebiotics, as probiotics are the types of friendly, “living” bacteria that are similar to the natural bacteria that appear in our digestive tract. Probiotics are naturally found in cultured or fermented foods or they can be taken in supplement form.

You can find probiotics in the following foods:

–    Yogurt

–    Buttermilk

–    Sauerkraut

–    Sourdough Bread

–    Aged Cheese

–    Miso

Probiotics are important because they help us maintain the right amount of good bacteria in the intestines. This keeps the digestive tract up and running. They are also able to support the immune system and can be a great, natural defense for those who suffer from uncomfortable digestive side effects such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and flatulence.

Many people who have taken antibiotics can also benefit from extra probiotics, as this medication can decrease the number of probiotics that stay in the system.

What Are Prebiotics?

Unlike probiotics, prebiotics is “non-living.” They are not a naturally occurring bacteria but instead an ingredient that feeds the good bacteria in the gut and helps it to grow and thrive. They go through the small intestine undigested and ferment when they reach the large intestine and can naturally be found in many healthy foods including:

–    Whole wheat bread and rice

–    Rye bread

–    Legumes

–    Beans

–    Apple Skins

–    Cabbage

–    Garlic

–    Onions

You need both prebiotics and probiotics to maintain the proper balance of bacteria in your gut. While the best way to get both of these supplements in your system is through healthy, natural foods, there are also plenty of supplements available that can help make sure you are maintaining the right level of prebiotics and probiotics in the system. Having the proper balance can also reduce your risk of many different diseases.

If you are looking for more information on prebiotics and probiotics and what they can do for you, give the experts at LT Men’s Clinic a call. You can reach us at 817-369-3605 to schedule an appointment and see first-hand what prebiotics and probiotics can do for you.