Probiotics and Prebiotics

Working together for the good of your gut

Probiotics, also known as ‘good’ bacteria, are essential to keeping the gut healthy. These bacteria line the gut, helping to extract the nutrients from the food we eat. They also help to keep the number of ‘bad’ bacteria, that can cause stomach upsets, in check. Having the correct balance of bacteria in your gut can help prevent illness, make sure we get the nutrients we need from the food we eat, and help our immune system.

Prebiotics are types of soluble fibres that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. They are found naturally in a variety of foods, as well as in supplements, and are often consumed with probiotics as they work so closely together. The articles on this page will help you understand how prebiotics and probiotics can work together to aid your overall wellbeing.

Prebiotics are a type of dietary fibre which survive digestion to reach the large bowel. Here, they act as food for beneficial probiotic bacteria and selectively promote their multiplication and growth.

Dr Sarah Brewer

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