Probiotics, beneficial gut bacteria aiding digestion and health, rely on nutrients. Prebiotics, non-digestible fiber, provide fuel for probiotics, collectively forming the essential gut microbiome. Expert insights by Stephanie Schiff and Melissa Prest.
Prebiotics act as probiotic food, undigested fiber supporting gut. Probiotics aid digestion, bowel regulation, create fatty acids, and produce neurotransmitters, possibly alleviating depression and anxiety symptoms.
For prebiotics, focus on fiber-rich foods: fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains. Also, resistant starch foods like cooled potatoes, green bananas, and inulin-rich sources like Jerusalem artichokes.
Increased bowel irregularity could indicate need for more prebiotics. Constipation signals fiber deficiency. Disrupted gut microbiome linked to inflammatory diseases like arthritis and cardiovascular issues. Introduce prebiotics gradually to avoid gas and bloating, seeking dietitian guidance for optimal inclusion.