Prebiotics and Probiotics: What You Need to Get Your Gut Health Back on Track

Intestine decorative model with various nutritional supplements. Top viewIf you’re not thinking about your gut health, you’re really not thinking about your overall health. At all.

Your gut may play a role in way more than just digestion. It could influence mood, immunity, metabolism, and the functionality of your body’s internal systems.


How does it have this kind of power? Think about it this way: you’ve got trillions of cells in your body that most consider central to existence. Well, “gut health” is really a way of describing the bacterial population in your system – your microbiome – which vastly outnumbers cells.

You are more bacteria than human cells.

So, how do you make sure you’ve got the best bacteria to keep you feeling good and healthy? Make sure you’re cultivating the right kinds and feeding them adequately.

Your genetics certainly play a role in your microbiome. But that’s not the only factor involved. You’ve got the power to control what bacteria populate your gut and either build or diminish your health.

Prebiotics and probiotics play a huge role in gut health. Probiotics are literal living bacteria that you can eat to improve your gut health. Prebiotics are the things you can eat that actually feed these bacteria to help them thrive.


Probiotics are found in fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, papaya, and pickles. Prebiotics are in most plant-based foods. Fibrous foods are generally prebiotic and help feed your gut what it needs for optimal health.

On the other hand, processed and sugary foods can populate your gut with unhealthy bacteria. These bacteria can promote inflammation, bad moods, fatigue, digestive problems, and more.

But they are not permanent residents. You can potentially evict them, in time, by eating more vegetables and plant-based foods, boosting probiotic intake, and limiting processed foods and sugary drinks.

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.