The Difference between Probiotics and Prebiotics is…


You probably already know that Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria in your gut. So, what the heck are Prebiotics, then?



What are Prebiotics?

PREbiotics are made up of substances like indigestible fiber and fermentable carbohydrates.

These fibers and carbs are broken down later on in digestion…

PRObiotics like sauerkraut, a fermented food, have a sort of symbiotic relationship with PREbiotics substances. They work together.

PREbiotics are not broken down by enzymes or gastric juices (stomach acids) and survive the journey through the GI tract, past the stomach, to the small intestine.


Function of PREbiotics:

Prebiotics are what FEED the Probiotics. They are like fertilizer.

Prebiotics are like fertilizer you use in your garden (or gut) to help everything grow, flourish and remain healthy.


Pros of Prebiotics: 

  • Less inflammation
  • Less hunger (fiber lasts longer)
  • Strengthens intestinal wall (good for leaky gut and auto immune disease)

Basically, the end result is that digestion works better with Prebiotics and Probiotics working together to improve digestion. Prebiotics along with Probiotics, help lower indigestion and inflammation. Obviously, this can help poor digestion, low energy and is good to know for anyone looking to eat a low inflammation diet.


How to Add Prebiotics to Diet:

Prebiotics are found in plants, some more than others. Include these often in the diet…


Good Food Sources of Prebiotics Here! (coming soon)


Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc.

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy. Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Aleesha treats digestion issues successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

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Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN with free parking.


This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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