A growing body of research
suggests that what’s happening in your gut may also have an impact on your
brain and affect your mood.
The gut is home to a 100
trillion microorganisms. This is known as your gut microbiome. Everyone’s is
different and is affected by age, genetics, environment and diet.
Probiotics are good bacteria
that live in the gut. They help improve digestion, form vitamins, activate
healthy-promoting compounds and prevent infection. The most common sources are:
yogurt, kefir products and some aged cheeses that contain "live and active
Prebiotics act as the food for probiotics
(good bacteria in the gut). Examples include: asparagus, tomatoes, leeks,
garlic, bananas, brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, and soybeans.
If your immune system is
weakened, probiotics may be harmful so focus on foods with prebiotics instead. Make
sure to speak with your doctor.