“Biotics” are very trendy in this day and age. With the focus on immunity as people seek to improve their health through dietary means, gut-friendly foods and supplements are receiving more widespread attention to help individuals achieve these goals. The big question that remains though is: What are the differences between all these “biotics” and do you really need to supplement? Let’s dive into this a bit further.
What Are Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Postbioics?
Prebiotics and probiotics have been widely talked about for some time. However, they have different mechanisms in how they benefit immune health. For instance, prebiotics are often referred to as the “food” for probiotics. They are considered non-digestible carbohydrates and fiber that are fermented by the microbes (or probiotics) found within the gastrointestinal system (or gut.)
Probiotics are live microorganisms that offer a benefit to the host (or person) they dwell in. While there are naturally occurring probiotics that live in the gut already, there are many foods (and supplements) that can be included in the diet to increase the benefits that both pre- and probiotics offer to your total health.