Probiotics and Prebiotics – What’s the Difference?

There’s a lot of talk about probiotics and prebiotics these days – it seems that every week another study emerges touting the importance of supplementing the beneficial bacteria in our digestive tracts to ensure the health of our immune system and digestive function, but what’s the difference between all of these different kinds of bacteria, and how are probiotics and prebiotics different?


It’s important to know first that your body has no greater allies in maintaining its health than the beneficial bacteria that have been with you throughout your life. We talk about bacteria a lot in relation to the digestive tract, but in truth bacteria exist throughout your body – in your throat, stomach, mouth, ears, everywhere - and that’s not a bad thing! These bacteria act as defenders of your whole body, making sure that any foreign invaders are not able to disrupt the natural balance of your tissues and cause you discomfort or poor health. But these bacteria do not live forever – they’re constantly needing to be replenished, which is why supplementing your healthy bacteria with probiotics is thought to be so important!


There are more kinds of bacteria in your body than you’d be interested in counting, but there are some bacteria that are far more prevalent than others, and these are the forms typically targeted by probiotic blends like Whole Health’s Super Lactobacillus Probiotic, as maintaining their health is thought to be especially important. Some products also contain prebiotics too, which are different from probiotics in that they are not actually bacteria themselves, but rather food or fuel that your own bacteria can use to grow more quickly. In this way, probiotics provide a boost of beneficial bacteria directly to your body, while prebiotics like FOS allow your body to make more of the bacteria that it already has.


Generally it’s accepted that blending the two – probiotics and prebiotics – is the smartest way to go, as you’re getting the best of both worlds in one easy dose! That’s why products we feel our Super Lactobacillus Probiotic is such a great value – it’s everything you need at a truly exceptional price!