Probiotics and Prebiotics are very similar in the sense that they help grow healthy bacteria in the body and aid in digestion but they are two completely different concepts. Probiotics are living friendly bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract and are found in certain foods such as aged cheese, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, Pu’er (chinese tea), and probiotic supplements.
Prebiotics are are non living food ingredients that feed the good bacteria in the gut and help them grow and floruish. Great prebiotic foods include onions, garlic, chicory root, beans, and cabbage.
Having a combination of prebiotic and probiotics foods help our bodies maintain a healthy gut and help support our digestive and immune systems. Probiotic supplements are also great but you may have to go through several different types to find the right strain for your body type.
Remember that if your digestion or stomach ever feels off track then a good place to start is to have more fiber!