Prebiotics vs probiotics: differences, benefits and foods

Prebiotics vs. Probiotics: Which Are Better for Gastrointestinal Health? A healthy gut plays a major role in our overall health and wellbeing, and taking prebiotics and probiotics – either in food or supplement form – is one way to boost the digestive system and keep it working efficiently.

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The gut microbiome consists of 100 trillion live bacterial microbes, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’, that influence nutrient absorption, metabolism, immunity, mental health, how well we sleep and even whether or not we get spots. A Harvard Medical School study (opens in new tab) found that a healthy gut could potentially also prevent some cancers and autoimmune diseases.

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