What is prebiotic?
Prebiotics are compounds in food, usually fibres and carbohydrates that induce the growth of, and activity of good bacterias, which are probiotics. Some of the most common prebiotics include beta glucans (found in oats, barley, wheat and rye), psyllium, acacia powder, and wheat dextrin.
What is probiotic?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that promote a healthy balance of helpful gut bacteria in your digestive system. These good bacteria help keep your body strong and healthy by improving the digestive system, gut health, and increase immune system.
What are postbiotics?
Postbiotics are products produced by bacteria (probiotics) as well as components of dead bacterias such as cell walls. Recent researches found that these byproducts are able to confer similar health benefits to host as probiotics.
What is the difference between prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic?
- The difference between prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotics are by their benefits.
- The benefits of prebiotics are, they mainly serve as fuel, or energy, for good bacteria in your gut, probiotics. It also additionally acts as fibres which helps with digestion, increasing satiety, and improve bowel movement.
- The benefits of probiotics are, they are able to boost the body's immune system, reduce inflammation, help with digestion, and improve mood by living in your gut for the meantime. Probiotics can also be found in foods, such as yogurt, pickled veggies, and miso.
- After probiotics consume prebiotics, they would produce byproducts called postbiotics, which have different functions based by different probiotics and prebiotics used.
- The benefits of postibiotics are, they are able to help in digestion, supplying nutrients back to probiotics, as well as improving gut environment more livable for probiotics. Head over to our article to read more about postbiotics.
Do you need prebiotics for probiotics to work?
Yes, probiotics requires prebiotics to further survive and function in the gut. Fibres from food consumed can be served as prebiotics for probiotics as well. However, there is no one size fit all prebiotic for probiotics, some prebiotic are more effective as fuel for probiotics. Hence, YourGutt has formulated the best combination of prebiotic and probiotic to ensure optimum efficacy of the complete -biotics.
Do we need probiotics everyday?
It is recommended to consume probiotics daily or at least, once every two days to ensure the effects of probiotics are consistent. This is because research found that after 5 days of not consuming probiotics, traces of probiotics are no longer found in the body hence, are unable to confer any health benefits.
Are probiotics safe for everyone?
Most probiotics are safe to be consumed, especially those that are FDA approved strains. However, if you have autoimmune disorder such as autoimmune disorder such as lupus, or undergoing chemotherapy, it is best to consult your healthcare provider before consuming.
Can I take probiotics and antibiotics at the same time?
It is recommended to not take probiotics when you are on antibiotics or antifungal medication. It is recommended to consume prebiotic and probiotic after completing antibiotics or antifungal medication courses to replenish the gut microbiome.
What is gut microbiota and how important is it?
Gut microbiota or gut flora, are the total living microorganisms, which consist of bacteria, commensal, and pathogens, that can be found in our intestinal tract. The gut microbe-host interaction has been found to play an important role in metabolism, immune system, nutrient absorption, and more. Hence, it is important to ensure our gut microbiome is healthy 😄
What is beta glucan
It is a soluble dietary fibre which can be found in vegetables and fruits. It is well known in reducing cholesterol level in blood as well as regulating blood sugar level. As any dietary fibre, it can also help in increasing satiety as well as improving digestion. Beta glucan can act as prebiotics for probiotics as well.
What is Life Faxtor™
Life Faxtor™ is a fermented rice bran powder that contains a blend of naturally occurring beta glucans, polyphenols, and antioxidants. Life Faxtor™ can act as prebiotics for probiotics as well, hence, it is included in our formulations.