The Phi, Fi, Fo, & Fum of Pre & Pro-biotics

Pre Vs. Pro. It’s easy to confuse the two as there is only one letter separating their difference.

Pre is the initial. The before. The symptoms before the sickness. The PREpared-ness for the main event. Pro is the during and after. The implementer. The player who wins the game by scoring the touchdown.

I’ve been on a major health kick in terms of biotics…the probiotics kinds to be specific. Many of you may have heard of them as I feel it’s America’s newest health buzz trend word.

Probiotics come in the form of capsules, liquids, and yogurts. They have been dubbed “good gut bacteria” and permit your intestines to function as they should.

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My main form of probiotics comes from kombucha, which is a fermented tea. Upon first taste, an amateur may literally spit it out, thinking, “why would I want to drink pure vinegar?” (as I did), but soon after you’ll be gulping this stuff down like a college girl at the bar on a Thirsty Thursday. (I’m quite fond and addicted now.)

I don’t consume probiotics for any other reason than I sincerely appreciate the taste of kombucha. I honestly wouldn’t even think to add another supplement to my regiment if it weren’t for these parts per billion bacteria. I had no idea what a probiotic was before I laid eyes on this stuff four years ago.

Enough kombucha ranting, let’s talk about the other plus in this equation…pre-biotics. What’s the difference?

Well, prebiotics act as food for the probiotics. They are comprised of a high concentration of dietary fiber and have been proven to aid individuals with ailments like Crohn’s & Celiacs disease as well as IBS.

To break up the monotony of text, I’ve created a handy dandy prebiotics vs. probiotics chart to help you clearly define the differences:

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So how does one decide to take these? And in what amounts? 

As always, I would consult your health practitioner first if you are leery. I would start with an organic food, like kombucha, kefir, or yogurt and see how your body responds. From the research I have read, the body receives no nutritional benefits from the pill forms of pre and probiotics so I would always choose a liquid or an absorbable food over anything else.

I can tell you I have noticed a drastic improvement in my energy levels and decreased bloating during dun. dun. dun…PMS. I consume about 4-5 kombuchas per week and I usually always go with GT’s Kombucha, which has the best flavorings and most importantly, is 100% organic!

I have to say it creeped me to the core to know that I was drinking billions of bacteria, but now, I welcome all billion of them…with an open mouth.

Have you jumped on the biotic train yet? Would you choose pre or pro? Have you tried kombucha?

Peace, love, and cheers to bacteria!

~C.C.D.

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4 Responses to The Phi, Fi, Fo, & Fum of Pre & Pro-biotics

  1. Without probiotics, I would be dead… And I am being 100% serious!! They have saved me! Everyone must educate themselves about these biotics! Thank you for this post.

    • choc3178 says:

      agreed! I swear to god I haven’t gotten sick with the flu or any serious illness in years all due to this stuff!

  2. Love the chart, super helpful 🙂
    I usually get my probiotics via my greek yogurt addiction, but haven’t added prebiotics to the mix. Kombucha looks unpleasant, but I might have to give it a try!

  3. Melissa Love says:

    I LOVE this. I honestly didn’t know the difference so this is helpful. Thanks for sharing doll 🙂

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