Prebiotics vs Probiotics

Prebiotics vs Probiotics

Many people want to know what the difference is between prebiotics and probiotics. They are both helpful supplements that benefit the health of your gut by providing or stimulating the growth of good bacteria. The biproducts of these bacteria or microbes are good for your overall health.

So prebiotics vs probiotics, what is the difference? Prebiotics are typically foods or supplements containing particular types of fibers that serve as food or stimulants for the growth of your microbiome (bacteria living within your gut). In contrast, probiotics contain the actual bacteria that colonize your intestines and consume the fiber, producing useful biproducts for your overall health.

Here is an easy way to think about the difference. Prebiotics are before (“pre”) life (“biotic”) while probiotics are for (“pro”) life (“biotic”). The “pre” in prebiotics means that the prebiotics provide the useful non-living material for the microbes living within you to consume. The non-living material is “pre” life since it is not yet alive. The “pro” in probiotics means that the probiotics actually provide the living material to continue that life. In other words, probiotics contain living bacteria (see “Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Julia Enders).

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Benefits of Prebiotics

Benefits of Prebiotics
Relaxation: Prebiotics can help to reduce stress and anxiety.

Prebiotics provide numerous benefits to your health by providing food for bacteria living in your intestines. Prebiotics have the ability to benefit you, independent of whether you are also taking probiotics. While prebiotics do significantly raise the efficacy of probotiocs, they can also be taken on a standalone basis. The benefits of prebiotics are important to your overall health and can also help prevent certain diseases.

Numerous scientific studies have shown the health benefits of taking prebiotics. A recent Oxford study has even shown that it in humans, prebiotics have significant neurological benefits. They reduce stress and decrease anxiety and stress. In the study, participants were tested  for the stress hormone cortisol before and after taking a prebiotic. A portion of participants were give a placebo. Those receiving the prebiotics reported lower stress cortisol when tested after three weeks on the prebiotic.

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Prebiotics Side Effects

Prebiotics Side Effects
Are there side effects of prebiotics?
We’ve established that prebiotics are important for your overall health and that you can use them to support your bacterial growth. But what, if any, are the side effects of taking prebiotics? Prebiotics side effects are generally small in comparison to the benefits that they yield but are worth learning about nonetheless.

To start, we would note that prebiotics have been designated as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration. They are commonly found in everyday foods as we have written about in other articles. There’s nothing particularly extraordinary or unusual about prebiotics and, for the most part, they are all-natural.

Prebiotics side effects can come from overdoing intake as with any typical food source. Prebiotic venders typically suggest that high doses of prebiotics can lead to abdominal pain, bloating or flatulence if too many prebiotics are taken too fast. They recommend reducing to lighter doses if these side effects occur and building up slowly. If you are taking supplements, consult the product information for an idea as to how much you should be taking. If you are not sure, ask your health care professional.

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Top 20 Prebiotic Foods

Top Prebiotics Foods List
Oats: One of our top prebiotic foods

See below for our list of the top 20 best prebiotic foods. These foods, rich in prebiotics, are great examples of common everyday foods that contain plenty of healthy prebiotics that benefit the good bacteria in your gut. They can be worked into your everyday meals or eaten on their own.

Certain starches are an excellent source of prebiotics, especially when cooled. Cold rice and cold potatoes are very beneficial for the health of your gut. When cooled, these starches crystallize and are able to withstand the digestion of your small intestine and make it to your large intestine. There they provide greater benefits to your digestion. When you eat sushi, you may not realize it but you are also digesting beneficial ingredients for your digestive system through the cold rice you take in.

Milk is another source of prebiotics. Cow’s milk contains beneficial prebiotics but most beneficial bacteria found in raw cow’s milk is killed off during pasteurization. Breast milk contains large amounts of prebiotics and probiotics. One study outlines the benefits of human breastmilk including a complex system of prebiotics and probiotics unique to a mother.

Inulin is the key ingredient contained in many foods with fiber-based prebiotics. Bananas, onions and leeks contain plenty of inulin. Inulin is also used in many yogurt products as it can be used as a sweetener. Inulin can also be taken as a nutritional supplement available for direct purchase.

Please note that it is important not to suddenly switch from a diet low in prebiotic fibers to a diet rich in one. Such a sudden onset may lead to a fast blooming of these bacteria in your gut that your body may not immediately be able to handle. It is important to make your transition gradual and not overdo it. In addition, an increased intake of prebiotics may not be suitable for all people, especially those with liver problems who are unable to deal with the  increased output from these probiotic bacteria.

Prebiotics Foods List: Potatoes
Potatoes: Another top source of prebiotics
See below for our Top 20 Best Food Sources for Prebiotics:

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Inulin Fiber

Inulin fiber
Garlic: An excellent source of inulin fiber

Inulin fiber is a dietary compound with substantial health benefits. It can reduce obesity, diabetes, anxiety and constipation. So what is inulin and why is it so helpful to us?

Inulin is a sugar or fat substitute that is a common prebiotic found in foods with high amounts of dietary fiber. It is a naturally occurring chain of sugar molecules, commonly found in foods such as chicory, garlic or bananas. It can also be purchased as a nutritional supplement and consumed on its own. Inulin is useful in that it is able to pass through the small intestine undigested, in order to be consumed by bacteria in the large intestine. In the large intestine it provides food for your microbes to flourish and thus provides benefits to the rest of your body.

 So what are the benefits of taking inulin?

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What Are Prebiotics?

What are prebiotics? Bananas are an easy example.
Bananas: A typical food with prebiotics.

What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are foods that feed the bacteria in your gut. Gut flora has been proven to improve immunity, anxiety, depression, neurological health, longevity, digestion, and possibly much more.

Prebiotics help us by fostering the growth of good bacteria within us. The scientific definition of prebiotics is “a selectively fermented ingredient that allows specific changes, both in the composition and/or activity in the gastorintestinal microflora, that confer benefits on host well-being and health” (See citation).

There are two types of prebiotics: inulin and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS). GOS is produced through the conversion of lactose (milk). Inulin is found in many types of plants, particularly bananas.

There are many ways to take in prebiotics including various types of food and nutritional supplements. What are some examples?

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What is an echocardiogram and how it is done?

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a non-invasive ultrasound procedure that involves the evaluation of heart muscles, its structure and how it functions.

How is it done?

 Before carrying out the echocardiogram, the patient must be asked to remove any jewelry or other objects which may cause hindrance while carrying out this ultrasound.

Clothing from waist up are removed and the patient is asked to wear a gown.

While ordered to lie straight on a bed, the patient will be connected to an ECG monitor to record the electrical activity of the heart using small adhesive electrodes on the heart. The heart being monitored will be compared to the images being displayed on the ECG monitor in a dark room.

The technician will place a warm gel on the patient’s chest and place a transducer probe on the chest moving them around the chest with different pressures over different areas to obtain proper images of the heart, but that pressure should let the patient feel comfortable otherwise patient must let the technologist know that it’s not comfortable.

After this process, the technologist will remove the electrode pads and clean off the gel from chest, allowing the patient to put on his/her clothes.

Should I go to ER for pinched nerve?

Pinched nerve or radiculopathy – it a condition in which the nerve roots are damaged. This may be caused by a variety of reasons incuding significantly excessive stress, pressure or trauma. This problem is likely to occur at the lower back and affects the neck and other parts of spinal cord. One of the common causes of pinched nerve is a herniated disc.


  • Sharp pain mostly in shoulder or neck and lower back while sitting for long periods on foot,
  • Numbness in skin of leg, foot or arm
  • Weakness in leg or arm
  • Tingling sensation

When to go to the ER or Urgent Care?

If pain, weakness, numbness or tingling sensations are affecting the saddle parts of the body – any portion of the body that would touch a saddle – immediate care is important. These symptoms could be the sign of severe condition called cuada equina syndrome which would also be accompanied by loss of bladder or bowel control. If left untreated, it may cause paralysis of limbs or loss of sensation permanently.

 Mild conditions of pinched nerves don’t necessarily lead to a visit the ER but may be treated through a routine medical checkup while severe pain should be treated urgently through the ER or Urgent Care unit.

Is neuropathy a disability?


Is neuropathy a disability?

Yes, neuropathy is a disability. If severe enough, it may qualify you for  disaility benefits.

We can look at  what is neuropathy and how it effects the body of a patient. Neuropathy is termed for the variety of diseases that malfunction the nervous system including its four types:

  • Peripheral neuropathy (nerves damage in peripheral areas of body like limbs)
  • Cranial neuropathy (neural malfunction in head)
  • Optic neuropathy (nerve impairment in eyes)
  • Auditory neuropathy (nervous malfunctioning in ear)

Neuropathy cause many problems related to neurons (sensory, motor and associated) in different parts of body like loss of sensation, numbness, tingling and pain in fingers and toes, issues with muscular coordination and muscle weakness or even paralysis and cause difficulty in bodily processes like digestive system and excretory system.

There are many causes of neural damages which are listed as:

  • Physical damage like injuries or any trauma caused by enormous pressure on nerves
  • Diabetes and autoimmune diseases
  • Neurotic tumors and chemotherapy

Patients suffering from neuropathy cannot perform physical works normally. Long, sedentary work may also be difficult. 

What do you soak an infected finger in?

What do you soak an infected finger in?

A finger infection may result in itching and redness in the affected area. There are different stages of finger infection, mild and moderate, leading to severe infections, which can be treated in various ways. The mild infections can be treated using following home remedies.

Use of warm water: the treatment can be started with just using the warm water soak for ten to twenty minutes twice or thrice a day.

The use of Hydrogen-peroxide: Sopping into a 3% peroxide solution will help cure the infection.

Soaking in Epsom salts may also help alleviate the finger.

Use of vinegar: One of the treatments is to thoroughly acidify the affected area to encounter the fungal or bacterial infections at initial stages.

Use of Boric acid: Take 1-2 ounces of boric acid into the warm water. Soak the infected finger in it for 10-15 minutes and applying Neosporin ointment after the soak. This should be done two times a day.

If the infection persists, consult a skin specialist.

What is the difference between triple antibiotic ointment and bacitracin?

What is the difference between triple antibiotic ointment and bacitracin?

If you only have one on hand, for the most part these two can be used interchangeably. Triple antibiotic ointment may be used as a general aid if you want to treat a cut before it can be infected by bacteria. It is better at killing off all bacteria because it contains more ingredients. In contrast, bacitracin is better used if there is already bacterial activity that you want to die down.

From an ingredient standpoint, triple antibiotic ointment contains bacitracin. It also contains neomycin and polymyxin. Bacitracin is just bacitracin.

It is also worth noting however that neosporin (neomycin) can cause more allergic reactions than bacitracin.

Call a doctor if you are unsure.

Triple antibiotic ointment or bacitracin

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What is different about Similac Sensitive?

Similac Sensitive is intended to aid your baby’s digestive system. However, one key ingredient that appears to be added in Similac Sensitive is corn syrup. Compare this to Similac Pro-advance. Similac advance contains prebiotics which can potentially aid your baby’s digestive tract.

Similac and Prebiotics

Similac pro-advance contains prebiotics, which are intended to aid your baby’s health. For adults, inulin is a simple and low cost ingredient that can help to boost your fiber intake to nutritionist-recommended amounts with little effort. Inulin fibers are not easily ingested and as a result they travel longer distances to your large intestine and your colon where they serve as food for the microbiota that reside there. Prebiotic consumption will differ quite a lot by country and consumption patterns however it can be shown that most populations consume it in some form. They support the probiotics that form your microbial ecosystem and give numerous health benefits for your body.

Now we will give examples of food sources of prebiotics: -asparagus -cold potatoes -milk -chicory -legumes (beans). Everyday ingredients such as these contain a healty prebiotic called inulin which is an oligosaccharide that is well-documented and understood to provide benefits to your health. Inulin fiber is a long-chain polymer that is harder to break down making it tougher to synthesize right away and travel into your large intestine. Here it becomes supplies for the bacteria in this malnourished part of your body creating the conditions for a flourishing of good bacteria.

Microbes living on you assist in defending you from pathogens and are good for you. By protecting us from harmful chemicals bacteria may decrease the harm we come in contact with internally. Bacteria degrade toxic compounds and as a result act as a defense against pathogens. These bacteria also aid in breaking down oils in your body and beyond in the surroundings.

Microbiota are typically found in commonplace foods however they are not noticed as existing. We see as an example the fact that fermentation has existed throughout the millenia as the key method to create a number of foods. Through fermentation bacteria create edible foods including cheese or kimchi that you can find at a grocery store or restaurant. Foods created through fermentation are a delicious way to take in healthy microbes that bestow your gut with numerous healthy side effects.

Prebiotic inulin fiber is a complex carbohydrate that is found in many types of plants such as lentils that can be worked into your nutriton. The FDA has labelled inulin as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) meaning that it is safe to consume normal amounts. Because it is a prebiotic the oligosachharide increases calcium absorption resulting in lower odds of osteoperosis among the elderly by increasing the metabolic functions of bacteria within your gut. Not only can inulin fiber reduce constipation researchers believe it may help reduce the risk of diabetes even as it acts as a sweetener for foods raising it to the status as the ultimate ingredient.

Human and animal research projects may show new prebiotic and probiotic ideas and allow them to be accepted by academics and by the public. Non-standard species of microbes are being studied as possible new deliverables through probiotic foods available to consumers. Today there is quite a bit of hope in future possibilities to develop ways grow microbiota. Research opportunities shall be discovered presenting new concepts for delivering prebiotics.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot make an important hormone which leads to the inability to properly digest carbohydrates and problems with the body’s metabolism. The correlation between diabetes and prebiotics is not fully understood however many scientists believe future research is promising. It may be that prebiotics can decrease the probability of having diabetes by altering your metabolites. By altering your microbial ecosystem your bacterial flora enhance your body and allow it to improve its processes especially those linked to diabetes and this can further benefit your metabolites.

Members of the scientific community are of the opinion that prebiotic fibers may provide a way to reduce degenerative intestinal processes that increase the likelihood of weight gain. Intestinal denizens are key residents of your gut because they interact with your body. Numerous studies have proven that prebiotics have substantial health benefits and may aid in weight loss as well as decrease stress. The manner in which prebiotics bring about an enhancement in your health depends on their ability to impact your hormones and your large intestine.

Prebiotics are foods designed to grow microbes contained within your small intestine. By taking probiotics you are filling your body with important microbes to your body’s already present bacterial population. They assist in protecting against diseases as well as obesity. These microbes are crucial for your body’s ability to flourish since they manufacture key ingredients that aid your digestive system.

While prebiotics will not necessarily help you reduce your weight it may make the path somewhat more feasible with minimal effort. These microbes release nutrients into your intestines which change the hormones that your body releases helping you to feel satiated. Prebiotics are important since they provide sustenance for bacteria living within your gut and as a result they alter your microbial composition. Consuming prebiotics can create feelings of fullness after consumption and make it easier for you to consume less calories.

Without prebiotics probiotics are unable to impart benefits on your digestive system and aid your microbiome because they do not have the requisite materials. Eating foods such as chicken pie or macaroni and cheese may taste delicious but they are not as beneficial for your gut or as helpful to your microbiome as spinach or artichokes because they digest quickly and do not make it to your large intestine. Microbial cells ferment prebiotic fibers and the result is short-chain fatty acids which are extremely important in helping to reduce damage in your gut by decreasing the incidence of digestive diseases. When they get the most helpful foods the bacteria within your large intestine then grow and replicate and give off key ingredients to the rest of your body improving your health.

Heart disease occurs because of the addition of hardened plaque within your arteries. Heart disease is the cause of a number of diseases and can lead to heart attack and death yet it is also something that can be avoided. Prebiotics have been known to help reduce the risk of heart attacks by supporting bacteria such as probiotics which eat cholesterol thus reducing the build-up of plaque. As a result we can conclude from this is that dietary fibers should be included into one’s diet especially for those at risk of heart disease.

Prebiotic fiber assist in obesity reduction help in giving you a feeling of satiety as a biproduct of their consumption. Lower prebiotic consumption in today’s dietary regimens may be contributing to a sharp rise in obesity levels since the weight reducing benefits of prebiotics are not as pervasive. Many people feel the side effects of a variation of obesity-linked illness and this can have adverse effects on their lifestyle. There are innumerable weight loss methods on the market yet most people who try them inevitably are not successful. Overeating can result in high blood pressure among other things but worst part is that it really can and should be avoided so there are no excuses.

Not only their impact on reducing obesity but also increases in cortisol have proved the benefits of prebiotics in common dietary plan. Consumption of prebiotic fibers has been researched in animals as well as in humans and the outcome has been positive in many ways. All the foods we eat pass through our small intestine and our bodies work to decompose them so the rest of our internal systems can appropriately use them. While probiotics have become increasingly popular especially through the consumption of fermented foods the benefits of prebiotics are are still mostly yet to be popularized.

Foods such as asparagus or spinach have been shown to help reduce nervousness by helping to tranquilize the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and thus reducing anxiety. Cortisol is manufactured by your adrenal glands and is signaled by your brain when you notice something that adds anxiety to your sense of safety. The HPA axis effectively supervises our stress levels by increasing the level of cortisol a compound that supresses our immune and inflammatory response system but leading to an uptake in your metabolic rate.


Vianesse Prebiotics Kaudrops

Vianesse Prebiotics Kaudrops. Włókna prebiotyczne, takie jak inulina, nie są łatwo połykane, w wyniku czego przemieszczają się na większe odległości do jelita grubego i okrężnicy, gdzie działają jako ważne suplementy dla dobrych bakterii w nich żyjących. Konsumpcja prebiotyczna będzie znacznie różnić się w zależności od centrum populacji i wzorców konsumpcji, jednak można wykazać, że większość ludzi je w takiej czy innej formie. Wspierają probiotyczne bakterie, które tworzą florę jelitową i dostarczają różnych kluczowych składników dla twojego zdrowia. Spożywanie inuliny jest łatwym i niedrogim suplementem, który może pomóc w zwiększeniu spożycia błonnika do zalecanych ilości bez dużego nakładu pracy.

Vianesse Prebiotics Kaudrops. Mimo że suplementy probiotyczne zostały spopularyzowane, szczególnie poprzez spożywanie sfermentowanej żywności, pozytywny wpływ prebiotyków na zdrowie nadal nie jest jeszcze powszechny. Nie tylko zmniejszenie masy, ale także miara kortyzolu są przejawem korzyści prebiotyków w zwykłym planie diety. Wszystkie pokarmy, które jemy, przechodzą przez układ pokarmowy, a nasze układy trawienne starają się je strawić, aby całe nasze ciało mogło się nasycić. Stosowanie prebiotyków zostało zbadane zarówno u ludzi, jak iu zwierząt, a wpływ ten okazał się pozytywny na wiele sposobów.

Mikrobota często znajduje się w codziennych posiłkach, chociaż nie są one zauważane. Jako przykład widzimy fakt, że fermentacja istniała w historii ludzkości, ponieważ kluczowa metoda ustanowiła etap tworzenia żywności, takiej jak ser lub chleb. Poprzez fermentację bakterie wytwarzają produkty spożywcze, takie jak wino lub chleb, które są łatwo dostępne w lokalnym sklepie spożywczym. Pokarmy powstałe w wyniku fermentacji zapewniają satysfakcjonujący sposób przyjmowania zdrowych drobnoustrojów, które dostarczają organizmowi wielu korzyści zdrowotnych.

Spożywanie prebiotyków może zwiększyć uczucie sytości po jedzeniu i ułatwić dietę. Prebiotyki są ważne, ponieważ dostarczają pokarm dla mikroflory w jelitach iw ten sposób zmieniają skład mikrobiologiczny. Chociaż nie gwarantuje się, że inulina doprowadzi do zmniejszenia masy ciała, może znacznie ułatwić sobie drogę przy mniejszym wysiłku. Organizmy te uwalniają do organizmu ważne produkty uboczne, które zmieniają hormony uwalniane przez twoje ciało, dając ci uczucie satysfakcji.

Dzięki właściwym składnikom bakterie w obrębie jelita grubego rozwijają się i replikują oraz wydzielają kluczowe składniki do reszty ciała, poprawiając stan swojego zdrowia. Komórki mikroorganizmów fermentują włókna prebiotyczne pozostawiając krótkołańcuchowe kwasy tłuszczowe, które są niezwykle ważne w pomaganiu ci żyć zdrową dietą, zmniejszając twój poziom nasycenia. Brak prebiotycznych probiotyków z włókien nie jest w stanie przynieść korzyści dla twojego zdrowia i pomóc twojemu mikrobiomowi, ponieważ nie mają właściwych składników. Kiedy jesz niezdrowe pokarmy, takie jak pizza, mogą być łatwe dla Twojego podniebienia, ale niekoniecznie są tak dobre dla ciebie, jak pokarmy bogate w błonnik, takie jak banany czy cebula, ponieważ są one w pełni strawione zanim dotrą do Twojego jelita grubego lub okrężnicy.

Biuro ds. Żywności i Leków stwierdziło, że włókno inulinowe jest GRAS (ogólnie uznawane za bezpieczne) i powinno być bezpieczne do spożycia, ale nie w nadmiernych ilościach. Działając jako prebiotyczna inulina zwiększa wchłanianie wapnia, co pomaga zmniejszyć ryzyko osteoporozy poprzez zwiększenie funkcji metabolicznych bakterii w jelitach. Inulina jest złożonym węglowodanem zawartym w wielu warzywach, takich jak soczewica i jest łatwo dodawana do Twojego nutritonu. Inulina pomaga nie tylko w odchudzaniu, ale pomaga zmniejszyć apetyt, nawet jeśli działa jak substytut cukru, co czyni go idealnym składnikiem.

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Wiadomo, że żywność, taka jak karczoch, zmniejsza lęk poprzez łagodzenie osi podwzgórze-przysadka-nadnercza (HPA) i pomaganie osobom w łagodzeniu depresji. Oś podwzgórze-przysadka-nadnercza działa, aby kontrolować naszą reakcję na walkę lub lot, zwiększając poziom kortyzolu – naturalnego hormonu, który ma działania uboczne, takie jak obniżony układ odpornościowy, a jednocześnie pobudza do zwiększenia odpowiedzi. Kortyzol jest wytwarzany przez gruczoły dokrewne i jest sygnalizowany przez twój mózg, gdy zauważysz coś, co dodaje niepokoju do twojego życia lub dobrego samopoczucia.

Dodatkowe typy bakterii bakteryjnych nadal są badane jako nowi kandydaci na suplementy probiotyczne do produkcji komercyjnej. Dziś jest sporo okazji do opracowania technik wspomagających cele bakteryjne. Liczne projekty badawcze mogą pokazywać nowe pomysły prebiotyczne i probiotyczne oraz dostarczać dowodów, które zostaną potwierdzone przez naukowców i ogół społeczeństwa. Możliwości badawcze zostaną sprawdzone, pokazując nową metodę dostarczania prebiotyków.

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