Probiotics vs Prebiotics
I feel so stupid! I just realised that these two words are entirely different so I’ve decided make a post about this! I always thought it was a typo!
So…. probiotics eat prebiotics. Voila. This is why when you eat onion, garlic, and jerusalem artichokes, others may have to vacate the room!
It’s been over a month since I cut food which I tested intolerant to, and my tummy is feeling better already. But I still think that I need to get my gut health in control…. a series of antibiotics last year due to my food poisoning etc probably messed everything up.
However… all the fermented food which contain probiotics seem to be high in histamine and this is something I also wish to avoid. Because of my dairy intolerance, the easiest way to consume it is through non-dairy nut milk yoghurt, but I haven’t been doing it because it is pretty high in fat. May be I should just take the bacteria alone as a supplement.
There is an interesting article in Bulletproof website about this though. There are also good probiotic bacteria and vice versa. Some, for example, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus reuteri, and lactobacillus bulgaricus are in fact histamine producing bacteria. On the other hand, all the bifidobacterium blah blah are good guys. It is worth looking into what kind of cultures your yoghurt contains.
Histamine causes inflammation, which could lead to inflammation, congestion, migraines and fatigue. Quite an interesting thing but I saw a list of food containing high histamine… oh dear. All the aged, fermented food!!! and my favourite tomatoes!
All I am saying is, not all yoghurt and probiotics are good for us.
Here is a good graphic which explains the difference between probiotics and prebiotics from Food Compass.