We recently discussed the microbiome –– what it is, how it works, and how it can lead to better overall health –– in a previous article. If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend checking it out here.
But without further adieu, let’s dive into probiotics and prebiotics. Because once we have a good understanding of the microbiome, these two elements are essential for getting the most out of it.
There are three elements we’re going to discuss: prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics. They all might sound similar, but they’re fundamentally different. Prebiotics are easy to remember because “pre” means that they come first. The “pro” in probiotics means “for life” because probiotics are the actual microorganisms that live within the microbiome. Postbiotics are a relatively new term that adds more bioactivity to our microbiome. Just think “pre,” “pro,” and “post.” Easy, right?