Why You Should Add Probiotics and Prebiotics to Your Diet

Probiotics and prebiotics should be a regular part of your diet. Probiotics are the good bacteria in your digestive tract. Prebiotics can be thought of as food for probiotics because they support the growth of beneficial bacteria.

If you’ve recently taken antibiotics, which kill both good and bad bacteria in an attempt to get rid of an infection, you’ll want to replenish the good bacteria in your gut. Without the right amount of good bacteria in your gut, harmful bacteria and fungi can take over. When they do, it can negatively impact your digestive system and your immune system. Probiotic consumption can help treat diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and other digestive disorders. Some research has shown that probiotics may help treat eczema and hay fever.

The good news is that you don’t have to look very far for sources of probiotics and prebiotics. doTerra offers PB Assist+, which promotes gastrointestinal health. However, there are also plenty of food sources of probiotics. Many of these foods are fermented. Saurkraut, miso soup, and some pickled vegetables are good sources of probiotics.

As for prebiotics, you also need them to maintain a healthy gut. They too can be found in doTerra’s PB Assist+. Foods high in prebiotics tend to be high in fiber. Some examples are asparagus, bananas, oatmeal, and legumes.

To make sure your gut maintains a healthy balance of probiotics, it’s important to eat a healthy diet. High-sugar and high-fat diets allow harmful bacteria to take over colonization of your gastrointestinal system, which gets worse the longer you stay on an unhealthy diet. By consuming probiotics, you promote the growth of good bacteria and keep harmful bacteria in its place.