Prebiotic vs Probiotic: Everything You Need to Know

Prebiotic vs Probiotic: Everything You Need to Know

Prebiotics and probiotics continue to receive praise for their potential health benefits. So you may wonder how they stack up when you look at prebiotic vs. probiotic foods and supplements. In short, prebiotics support the work that probiotics do. So they’re more like teammates than competitors. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of each, the best food sources, and whether you need probiotics or prebiotics. What’s the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics? First up: What are prebiotics? These are fibers that feed probiotics in our gut, explains Angela Lemond, R.D.N., national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Since prebiotics are fibers, they provide some of the same benefits as that macronutrient, particularly when it comes to digestion. “We know that fiber is beneficial to our health,” says Natalie Wallace, M.S., R.D.N., Container Program Nutritionist at Beachbody. “It can help support weight loss and maintenance, lower cholesterol levels, and keep us... Read More
Running Terms to Know for 30 Day Breakaway

Running Terms to Know for 30 Day Breakaway

As a new runner, some of the terms thrown around by more advanced runners can sound like a foreign language. Running — much like other types of exercise — is full of slang that’s not always easy to decode on your own, but don’t let it intimidate you! We asked running experts to break down some of the most common running terms you’ll hear as a runner, both as you train during 30 Day Breakaway and from other runners during your first 5K race. Fartlek Fartlek is a Swedish term that means “speed play,” explains Bianca Beldini, D.P.T., a physical therapist, USA Triathlon level 1 coach, and Pose Method Run Technique Specialist. A fartlek includes quick bursts of fast sprinting or brief bouts of short speed work within a longer run. For example, a fartlek could involve sprinting up each hill you come to before returning to a regular running pace at the... Read More