Probiotics and Prebiotics Probiotics are beneficial bacteria which work to improve our health and wellbeing by keeping the bacteria in the intestinal environment in balance. Beneficial bacteria in the intestines can become depleted due to factors such as excessive stress; medication such as antibiotics or the oral contraceptive pill; high sugar intake; and candida overgrowth. By introducing large amounts of friendly bacteria through supplementing with probiotics, digestive symptoms can be resolved. Probiotics are useful for combating conditions such as candida, irritable bowel syndrome, low energy levels, and digestive symptoms such as bloating or flatulence. Probiotic supplementation is particularly important if you are currently taking, or have ever taken a course of antibiotics, as they strip the digestive system of all bacteria, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Prebiotics feed probiotics and help them to proliferate in the digestive tract. FOS (fructooligosaccharides) is a prebiotic which works well alongside probiotic supplementation, working further increase their effects.