We all have seen the word “prebiotic” on supplements or in relation to healthy living. But what the heck are they!? Well, here is the technical definition according to Mariam-Webster.com, "of, relating to, or being chemical or environmental precursors of the origin of life <prebioticmolecules>; also : existing or occurring before the origin of life." In simple terms, prebiotics are food for the naturally occuring probiotics within the digestive tract. Yes, probiotics are different than prebiotics.
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are natural non-digestible fibers that help promote the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut. These fibers are considered soluble fiber and while our digestive system cannot digest them, probiotics can. In order to maintain your good bacteria you will need to feed them prebiotics. These non-digestible fibers can be found in a number of foods such as:
Let’s do a quick breakdown of prebiotics in relations to probiotics.
Probiotics are living microorganisms inside your gastrointestinal tract. This might sound bad but is actually good. They are responsible for aiding in healthy digestion, immune support, vaginal health, and the list goes on! Like all living things, probiotics need to be fed to stay alive. That's where prebiotics come in.
However, these are not typically foods that you would eat in large quantities or every day for that matter. This is why Health Plus has formulated Prebiotic Formula.
Prebiotic Formula contains 2 grams daily to keep probiotics thriving. That's not all! It is also formulated with digestive enzymes and probiotics! Enzymes assist with this breaking down fats, starches, and proteins. They may also help with gas and bloating.
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Written by: Health Plus Inc
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