Prebiotics, probiotics & Omega-3
Prebiotics and probiotics are two essential players in gut health. Both work synergically to keep our gut happy and healthy. What’s the difference between them? Given their similar names, it is easy for us to mix them up. Pre biotics are found in fibrous foods that feed the good bacteria in the gut. Pro biotics are beneficial live bacteria found in supplements and naturally in our gut. Essentially, prebiotics act as food for the probiotics. Both are gut-loving nutrients.
A nutrient that is more directly linked to the brain is Omega-3. In fact, it is considered our brain’s favourite nutrient. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and it prevents deterioration of the brain. Food sources of Omega-3 are oily fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel, as well as chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, avocado and algae. When possible, we should try to include these foods in our diet to keep our brains happy & healthy. A vegan source of Omega-3 is algae oil, but as with any supplement, a healthcare practitioner should recommend it first.