Prebiotics are nondigestible dietary fibers that help provide nourishment for probiotics. In fact, gut health expert Vincent Pedre, M.D., calls prebiotics just as important as probiotics for gut health.*
Prebiotics help the probiotics flourish by feeding them, and the two work together synergistically, Davar explains. “In other words, prebiotics are breakfast, lunch, and dinner for probiotics, which restores them, and can improve GI health.”*
Prebiotic foods include bananas, berries, onions, garlic, leeks, celery, asparagus, artichokes, beans, inulin, and whole-grain foods, to name a few.
“Fiber is a major nutrient gap in the U.S., so prebiotic fiber from food and high-quality supplements like flaxseed, inulin, and others not only helps nourish the gut, but addresses a widespread inadequacy at the same time,”* adds Ferira.