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Prebiotics and probiotics: how to tell the difference (2022)?

Prebiotics and probiotics: how to tell the difference (2022)?

Problems and diseases of the digestive system can affect our metabolism or several parts at the same time. The intestinal mucosa, responsible for natural immunity, is fragile. Food supplements based on prebiotics and probiotics can help you rebalance the intestinal flora.

What is the role of the intestine?

The small intestine, which follows the stomach, consists of the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. It completes the digestion of food and absorbs nutrients. Intestinal juice, which is neutral or slightly basic, is produced by the intestine.

The chyme (digested food) produced by the stomach is transformed into chyle, consisting only of nutrients, by intestinal enzymes . Passing through the intestinal lumen, food passes through the intestinal wall and enters the internal environment.

The intestine prevents harmful bacteria from growing and acting by limiting their development and activity. Our microbiota acts as a barrier preventing harmful bacteria from entering our body.

The imbalance of the flora can lead to different pathologies or more or less severe symptoms (diarrhea, constipation, difficulty in absorption, poor immune response).

Inflammatory diseases of the digestive system are numerous. Perhaps you have heard of Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and various food intolerances.

What is the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic?

Probiotics are live bacteria or yeast that may have health benefits. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria are the most common.

Probiotics are found in dietary supplements as well as certain foods such as yogurt and cheese, kefir, raw sauerkraut and kimchi.

Prebiotics are fermentable carbohydrates (oligosaccharides and short-chain polysaccharides), which benefit microbiota and gastrointestinal health by promoting the growth of good probiotic bacteria.

Prebiotics are found in a wide variety of foods, including fruits , vegetables, legumes, and whole grain products.

What are the best prebiotics?

Prebiotics are found naturally in different foods (vegetables, cereals, roots).

SIHO offers you its unique food supplement to boost your intestinal flora: I've gut the power .

Acacia fibre, baobab powder and green banana powder are mixed together to form a complex of soluble organic fibers that produce short-chain fatty acids, food for good bacteria.

They are very gentle on the intestines and highly tolerable.

What are the most effective probiotics?

When taken in sufficient amounts, microorganisms (aka probiotics) known as lactic acid bacteria , Bifidobacterium, Streptococcus, and other species, among others, can have a beneficial effect on the body.

Each species of microbe has a set of characteristics that respond to a specific health problem (diarrhea, constipation, various infections, etc.).

So it will depend on your needs. It is therefore unfortunately impossible for us to answer this question that we are often asked. Just be aware that research is progressing rapidly and that the strains that we believe are the most effective today will probably be obsolete in a few years.

This is why it is essential to take care of your personal microbiota. Indeed, if the probiotics are generic, that is to say designed so that they work on everyone, you must help your intestine to reproduce its bacteria itself .

Thus SIHO invites you to discover its cow colostrum , specially selected for its natural properties and its ability to restore the balance of the intestinal flora.

It promotes the development of a healthy intestinal flora , the regeneration of tissues (skin, bones, muscles) thanks to the growth factors it contains.

Why take prebiotics?

Taking prebiotics from food provides a large amount of fiber to the digestive system. Dietary fiber contains polysaccharides (chains of sugar molecules), which are not digestible by the human body.

Since they resist various degradation processes as they pass through the upper digestive system, they remain intact. As they travel to the colon, the bacterial population increases .

What is the benefit of taking probiotics?

Probiotics are non-pathogenic microorganisms. They protect the body's various microbiota and stimulate their growth and bacterial proliferation.

This results in improved gastrointestinal flora and stimulation of immune cells . A better immune response of the metabolism makes it possible to fight more effectively against viral or bacterial diseases.

You can eat foods rich in probiotics such as fermented foods (but watch out for excess histamine). 


As we have seen in this article, prebiotics and probiotics are powerful health allies . By taking care of your intestine (our second brain), you have a complete action on your body, both immune and metabolic. Have you ever tried any of our prebiotic or probiotic supplements? Have you felt any positive effects that you want to share?

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