Probiotics and Prebiotics are two great nutritional agents that help control the body’s micro-environment. They might be inter-related but are definitely not the same.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that empower the health of the host positively by improving the home-grown healthy micro-organisms in our body.
Prebiotics are non digestible food mechanism that increases the growth of these probiotic organisms in a number of ways.
According to the World Health Organization, Probiotics are living micro-organisms that have a positive healthy impact on our health. And they are widely available these days in the form of supplements.
Prebiotics on the other hand, are non-living and support the growth of useful bacteria already living in our body and also help in the development and protection of probiotics.
Can We Call Probiotics As Good Bacteria?
Our body requires useful bacteria to help perform a number of processes like digestion and/or supporting the immune system. Nutritional supplements or foods having sufficient amount of these beneficial enzyme-producing bacteria can be known as “probiotic.”
So we may call Probiotics as good bacteria. There are many products easily available in the market which enhance prebiotic and probiotic contents in the body.
However, if proper care is not taken then these useful bacteria may die, if it fails to develop a working relationship wit in the human body.
Prebiotics helping the good bacteria
Prebiotics, though a recent discovery as compared to Probiotics, transpire naturally in many of the things we eat or drink.
They are the healthy nutrients that facilitate development of healthy bacteria (probiotics) in our intestinal tract.
Thus, we can say that they provide power and energy to probiotics. Normally contained in food like oats, honey, asparagus, onions, bananas, garlic and other foods, excessive use of Prebiotics, as advised by some diet and nutrition analysts, may cause some side effects such as bloating, along with some abdominal pain but nothing severe.
Taking Probiotics Along With Prebiotics
It’s a fact that Probiotics can be strengthened with the help of Prebiotics. Probiotics are highly receptive to environmental aspects such as age, cold, heat, and contact with refined sugar.
As we have already stated above, that Prebiotics nurture and strengthen probiotics, so they must be taken either before or with probiotics. Moreover, including prebiotic rich foods into your diet enhances the effects of a probiotics.
Research has shown that the most common types of probiotic bacteria are strains of Lactobacilli and Bi-fido bacteria.
The Human body can differentiate between healthy and unhealthy bacteria. The unhealthy create an immune response against the unhealthy bacteria which results in diseases like diarrhea, constriction and abdominal pain.
In the case of any of these conditions, the use of a diet having additional amount of probiotics and prebiotics becomes exceptionally important to get healthy.
To conclude, I would say that keeping your micro-environment healthy on a daily basis prevents you from unnecessary effects taking place whenever your system gets imbalance.
Both of them in combination can normalize your body micro-environment in a secure and efficient manner.