What is the difference between prebiotic and probiotic? We’re shedding some light today.

The recent BBC2 programme ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’, revealed that Kefir was the most effective probiotic in improving gut health over probiotic shot drinks and prebiotic veggies. Great news for Kefir, but we wanted to share what prebiotic veggies are.

Both probiotics and prebioticsplay a role in healthy digestion and when combined they work together. Probiotics feed off of prebiotics in order to create healthy bacteria for the digestive system.

Jackie Newgent, dietitian at EatRight.org, the website for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics writes, ‘The live cultures in probiotics create a healthy gut environment, which can increase immunity, treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), possibly prevent certain types of allergies, and decrease uncomfortable symptoms of lactose intolerance.

Mayo Clinic explains that probiotics, with the help of prebiotics, can help prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal infections, and prevent or decrease the symptoms of cold and flu viruses. Essentially prebiotic foods set up your gut to assimilate the benefits of probiotic foods a lot better.

So what foods should I eat? We”ve listed them below.