Let’s dive into exactly what a probiotic is. A probiotic is basically the healthy flora that you need within your stomach and your intestinal tract. We have billions of bacteria in our gut, and good bacteria and some bad bacteria. Those aid in the proper digestion of certain foods. In fact, the bacteria within your gut actually communicate with your brain sometimes, in something that’s called the enteric nervous system, or the enteric brain. The bacteria within your gut actually communicate with your brain. You see, your gut has something that’s called the enteric nervous system, or the enteric brain, which means that that bacteria is creating electrical impulses that communicates with the brain.
Sometimes, if you’ve ever noticed when you get an upset stomach, sometimes you’ll feel a little bit more stressed out, or vice versa. You’ll feel stressed out, you’ll get a little bit nauseous, you’ll get a little bit of an upset stomach. The brain and the gut communicate, and that healthy balance of bacteria and healthy flora within your gut is so critical. When you take a probiotic, you are giving yourself additional bacteria. You are giving yourself some strains of bacteria that you might’ve missed out from taking, maybe some antibiotics that killed it off. Maybe you ate some food that didn’t agree with you and exhausted a lot of the bacteria within your body.
The other thing is that everybody is different. You see, if you’ve got one person, person A over here and person B over here, they’re going to each have different strains of bacteria within their gut, or they’re going to have different quantities of different bacterias. Person A over here may have loads of bacteria one and not that much bacteria two, whereas person B may have not that much bacteria one but loads of bacteria two. When you take a probiotic, you’re not really able to hone in on exactly what bacteria you need. It’s not specific for you, and although a lot of the probiotics out there are multi strain, meaning they have different strains of bacteria to combat that issue, they really just don’t do the trick.
When you look at a prebiotic, prebiotic is like a fertilizer. A prebiotic stimulates your body to create more of the healthy bacteria that’s already in it. That same person A, that has a lot of bacteria one and not a lot of bacteria two, well that fertilizer is going to help them produce more of the bacteria two that they need. Person B, who is deficient in bacteria one, well the prebiotic is going to help them create more of the bacteria that they need. You can see how by giving your body bacteria fertilizer, it’s a lot better than just adding a drop in the bucket of a probiotic that’s going to end up getting killed off in the stomach anyway.