As you may already be aware, probiotics are live bacteria present in specific foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and some cheeses that are necessary for proper digestion. Consuming these meals benefits your digestive system and overall health by supporting a healthy mix of beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms in your gut microbiome, a collection of 100 trillion microscopic organisms that live in your intestines.
Probiotics eat prebiotics as food. Foods high in fiber, such as beans, whole grains, and certain vegetables, break down in your body to produce compounds that aid probiotics in growing and thriving in your gut.
What are postbiotics, then? This word refers to the waste produced by your body when prebiotics and probiotics are digested. Postbiotics are beneficial because they contain nutrients such as vitamins B and K, amino acids, and antimicrobial peptides that assist to delay the growth of dangerous bacteria. Other postbiotic compounds known as short-chain fatty acids promote the growth of healthy bacteria.