Probiotics, prebiotics, and antibiotics. They all sound very similar, right? They all contain the word “biotic,” which means “of or having to do with life or living organisms.”
Do a quick Google search and you’ll quickly see that there seems to be quite a bit of confusion among these three “biotics.”
All three of these relate to bacteria in our bodies, but what exactly is the difference between these three, and how do they affect how we manage our weight gain and weight loss?
To understand what each of these are and how they work, let’s run through each one of them and see how they affect our body!
Does the word “bacteria” scare you? I’ll admit the first thing that used to come to my mind when I heard the word was an infomercial-esque scene of microscopic worm-looking creatures invisible to the human eye, lingering on door handles, stair railings, and shopping carts at the grocery store.
There’s around 30 – 50 trillion bacteria inside our body, but guess what?
Not all bacteria are bad. In fact, there are actually good bacteria, also known as probiotics, which are super important for our digestive health.
So, what are some benefits of probiotics?
Where bad bacteria makes us feel bloated, crave unhealthy foods, and more susceptible to gaining weight due to poor digestive health, good bacteria does just the opposite!
Good bacteria (probiotics), albeit most likely in smaller amounts than the bad bacteria due to our diets and other factors, play a huge role in helping us manage weight gain and weight loss, as well as reduce bloating and support the immune system.
Probiotics have also been shown to help reduce fat!
It’s no wonder there’s been such a hype around foods and supplements that improve our gut health,
Some probiotic foods beneficial for your digestive system include the following:
- Dark Chocolate
There are also supplements that are designed to provide your gut with billions of beneficial strains of probiotics, like IdealProbiotic, a probiotic that offers 32 billion CFU’s (measurement used to estimate bacteria) per serving and also prebiotics to help completely renew your digestive health, support your body’s natural detox system, and even help you slim down!
So, other than the slight spelling change, what makes a prebiotic different than a probiotic?
Prebiotics are certain types of indigestible carbohydrates that act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria already in our gut.
Prebiotics don’t introduce new, good bacteria to the digestive system, prebiotics are food for good bacteria, essentially helping the good bacteria grow and flourish.
You can get a lot of prebiotics in certain types of foods:
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Prebiotics and probiotics work together to keep our digestive health in tip-top shape, so we can digest our foods properly, reduce bloating and stomach discomfort, and make it easier for us to slim down.
If you’ve made a couple doctor’s visits in your life you may be pretty familiar with antibiotics.
Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials, are little bacteria fighters. They are medications that combat bacteria by either destroying them, or keeping them from growing so the body’s natural defenses can clean up.
However, not all antibiotics are selective in their bacterial destruction, meaning they can destroy the good bacteria in our gut, too.
While antibiotics can be very important in helping us overcome infections, too many antibiotics over our lifetime can throw off the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut, making it more difficult to absorb precious nutrients from our food, causing us to experience bloating, and making it easier to gain weight.
As you can see, antibiotics are quite the opposite of probiotics.
Let’s Wrap It Up
If you’re not paying attention to the trillions of bacteria in your gut, you’re definitely missing out on some incredible opportunities to maximize your health, immune system, and weight loss goals.
Probiotics and prebiotics are the tag team your digestive system needs.
Even if you are fortunate enough to have avoided a lot of antibiotics throughout your life, there are a ton of other things that can wreck our gut health like bad nutrition, chlorine in the water we drink, and stress.
A surefire way to turn the tide on your gut health and renew your digestive system is by supplying your body with an army of good bacteria.
That’s exactly why IdealProbiotic was formulated. Each serving of IdealProbiotic provides five strains of studied probiotics plus prebiotics shown to help renew your digestive system, combat stomach discomfort, and even help you slim down!
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