Prebiotics and probiotics are important for our health, and both pretty big topics in nutrition these days. Yet even though they sound similar, the two play different roles for your health.
• Probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria naturally found in fermented foods, including kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, and tempeh; and supplements.
• probiotics enhance the gut microbiome which is the collection of beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract that helps regulate inflammation, immune function, digestion, and heart health.
Eating balanced amounts of both pro- and prebiotics can help ensure that you have the right balance of these bacteria, which should improve your health.