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 cultures".
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