Prebiotic vs Probiotic
Want to understand the difference between prebiotic and probiotic? Probiotics are the good bacteria found in foods and prebiotics are the fibre that feeds the probiotic beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.
Let’s delve into it…
What are prebiotics?
Prebiotics are plant fibres that encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. They’re compounds in (typically high fibre) food that help the activity of beneficial microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria. They can also alter the composition of organisms in the gut. Prebiotics almost act like fertilisers in your gut, stimulating the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics (such as Willy’s apple cider vinegar) are live microorganisms that have many health benefits when consumed. They are live bacteria and yeasts that are super good for you, specifically your digestive system.
Benefits of probiotics
Probiotics are made up of good bacteria that help keep your body healthy and functioning well and are good for fighting off any bad bacteria in your body.
Good bacteria are there to support your immune system and control inflammation. It may help your body to digest food, create vitamins and breakdown and absorb medications.
when should you take prebiotics?
You may want to consider taking prebiotics if you are showing symptoms of B-12 deficiency e.g. poor cognition, numbness and tingling in your hands, fatigue or memory loss.
Other signs that you may need to take prebiotics are if you have symptoms of poor gut bacterial health:
– Excess gas
– Frequent bloating
– Abdominal pain/discomfort
when should you take probiotics?
Eating foods high in probiotics can be great in reversing health issues associated with imbalances in the gastrointestinal tract. Those who need to improve their gut health may struggle with skin conditions and have a low immune system and mood swings.
Specific signs that you may need to increase your probiotic intake could be:
– You have allergies and asthma
– You’ve recently taken antibiotics
– You suffer from acne or psoriasis
– Mood disorders such as depression or anxiety are something that you suffer from
is apple cider vinegar a probiotic?
Not all apple cider vinegars can be considered a probiotic, but Willy’s ACV is! Due to our ACV being raw, unfiltered and ALIVE with the ‘Mother’, Willy’s ACV is considered a natural probiotic.
Apple cider vinegar is great for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and encouraging weight loss. ACV is also a source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, so it can be great for helping reduce skin irritation and helping boost your mood.
Benefits of drinking kombucha
Kombucha is a fizzy sweet and sour probiotic drink, made from fermenting black or green tea.
To make kombucha, you need 3 basic ingredients: yeast, sugar and black/ green tea. Once mixed, you would then set it aside for just over a week to ferment. Kombucha contains a bacteria called lactic acid, which works as a probiotic and also contains B vitamins.
As kombucha is a probiotic, drinking it is said to be great for treating diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and can even strengthen your immune system!
If you make your kombucha with green tea your health can benefit from this in many ways such as protection from heart disease, reduced cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as protection from cell damage.
other sources of probiotic
– Cheese e.g. gouda, mozzarella and cheddar
Sources of prebiotics