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Probiotics and Prebiotics

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What are they?

Many people have heard of probiotics, but prebiotics is a far lesser-known term.

In a nutshell, probiotics are the good bacteria that live in the gut. Prebiotics are the foods that feed the good bacteria.

While some insist that supplementation is necessary to maintain adequate levels of probiotics and prebiotics, both are readily available through food sources. A whole foods diet containing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables provides prebiotics, and adding fermented foods gives a healthy dose of beneficial bacteria.