Prebiotics are often overlooked and overshadowed by the mighty probiotic but equally as important and the pair work powerfully hand in hand.
Prebiotics are essentially fiber that is consumed by bacteria and not just any bacteria, but probiotic bacteria, the stuff we've been trying to get more of from yoghurt, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, and supplementation. Prebiotics are really just substantial food for probiotics to eat once they reach your gut. In some ways they fuel the probiotics so they can do their job!
They are both equally beneficial to the body if you know for sure that the probiotic you are using reaches the large intestine and small intestine where the healthy bacteria does its work (which is why Ive said last week how important it is to find a good brand you can trust.)
If the probiotic doesn’t reach your gut then it can’t do its job and of course then neither can your pre-biotics.
They are crucial for a healthy functioning digestive system, colom, bowl, our moods and of course our immune system. We can certainly get more pre biotic fiber through diets, by eating more wholefoods (untouched food in its most natural form, veggies, fruits, pulses etc etc) garlic, asparagus, onions, cabbages, fennel and slightly bitter veggies like rocket, watercress and dandelion leaves are all brilliant forms, I often think they are harder to eat compared to forms of probiotic foods so I sometimes suggest juicing or soups as a great way to incorporate them.