Both prebiotics and probiotics are essential for a healthy gut environment or microbiome. The simplest explanation is that probiotics are the microbes (we are usually talking about bacteria here) that colonize the large intestine, while prebiotics are the food, or fuel, which feeds those microbes.
If you have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and are experiencing digestive symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramping or gas you are not alone. You may have heard about some of the new research being done on what is known as the FODMAP diet as a potential treatment for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). …READ MORE