FAQ: what is the difference between pre- and probiotics?

The intestinal terms ‘prébiotics’ and ‘probiotics’ are sometimes used interchangeably in the world of health. Did you know that there is a big difference between the two? We’ll explain the difference to you!

Pre or pro? This is what they mean!

In short, we can see prebiotics as food for our good intestinal bacteria. Especially in cereals, fruit and vegetables we can find prebiotics. These are indigestible dietary fibres or carbohydrates. Probiotics? Those are the bacteria themselves! Our intestines contain hundreds of strains of bacteria that we can classify in this category.

How can they help your body?

Also in terms of tasks we have to make a distinction between pre- and probiotics. Prebiotics come in handy when you don’t get enough indigestible fibre from your diet, suffer from certain allergies, have intolerances, digestive problems, suffer from chronic intestinal diseases, skin disorders or fungal infections.

A dose of probiotics comes in handy after a course of antibiotics to restore your intestinal function or during a disorder of your intestinal flora resulting in diarrhoea. In short, it is best to use a prebiotic for all types of intestine-related complaints in the long term; a probiotic should be used purposefully and in the short term.

Tip: the number of good bacteria goes up when you incorporate fermented food into your meal. Sauerkraut, tofu, miso and kefir can call themselves excellent sources of probiotics!

Support your bowels with a supplement

Improve the health of your bowels in a simple way? A microbiological food supplement can help you do this. The lactic acid strains lactobacillus brevis, plantarum and rhamnosus restore and maintain the balance of your intestinal flora. The symptoms of irritable bowel, poor immune system and low energy level are a thing of the past after a course of treatment.

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