Blog | Apr 2, 2019

DR. JOANNA MCMILLAN: PREBIOTICS VS PROBIOTICS IN GUT HEALTH

WE’RE BUGGING OUT WITH DR JO!

When it comes to good gut health, it’s important to understand the role probiotics (like those in every bottle of MOJO) and prebiotics play. 

In the second video of a three part series, one of Australia’s most trusted health and wellbeing experts, Dr Joanna McMillan is here to explain the difference between probiotics and prebiotics, and why both are necessary in an everyday diet to help bring our good gut bugs back into balance!

“Prebiotics are types of fibre that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. They’re found in lots of fruits and vegetables like artichoke, garlic, onion and asparagus, bananas, apples and wholegrains like barley and oats,” Dr Jo explains. “These fibres can’t be digested, so they pass through the digestive system and essentially become dinner for our good bacteria.”

That good bacteria are the probiotics – living microorganisms that when consumed have been shown to have health benefits.

Dr Jo advises that probiotics occur naturally in “fermented or cultured dairy products – things like yoghurt and kombucha, and fermented soy products like tempeh and miso all contain some, and it’s thought that getting more into you may help improve things like immunity and digestion.”

To sum it up, a varied diet with loads of fruits, vegetables and fermented foods will give you a source of both prebiotics and probiotics to help support good guts!