Prebiotics are non-digestible food fibres that enable good bacteria to stick to the bowel wall and also help to stimulate their growth.
Probiotics are live micro-organisms found in bacteria, yeast or fungi, and when taken in large doses can help improve and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract. This friendly bacteria is essential for maintaining good health and vitality.
If your diet lacks probiotics and prebiotics pathogenic bacteria can flourish, which can lead to poor digestion. This can lead to bloating, flatulence, constipation, susceptibility to infections such as urinary tract infections, colds and flu, allergies and inflammatory disorders.
The digestive system is responsible for the important task of breaking foods down into glucose and nutrients the body needs for energy and nourishment. The digestive system also constitutes 70 per cent of the body’s immune system which means it performs the important role of defending the body against harmful bacteria and viruses.
Probiotic- Yoghurt, dark chocolate, buttermilk, sauerkraut – fermented cabbage and other fermented vegetables.
Prebiotic- Bananas, soy beans, Jerusalem artichokes, whole oats, wheat, barley, garlic, flaxseeds, legumes, onions tomatoes and green vegetables
Prebiotics are safe for infants, children, pregnant women and adult men and women.
While antibiotics are sometimes necessary and life-saving, they are also known to wipe out many of the good bacteria in the process of killing off the bad. Restore your child’s bacteria balance after a course of antibiotic treatment by giving foods that contain friendly probiotics and prebiotics.
Side effects are rare, and most healthy adults can safely add foods that contain prebiotics and probiotics to their diets.
The right amount of prebiotics needed to be consumed for health benefits is unknown.