Having a good gut health is the key to being healthy and this can be achieved by including probiotics in diet. Our gut hosts over 100 trillion living microorganisms that protect you from viruses, bacteria, parasites and allergens. Our body plays host to both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microorganisms. The friendly live bacteria and yeasts make up the ‘probiotics’ group. Probiotics preserve the natural balance good versus bad bacteria of your gut. Probiotics are ‘Live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amount confer a health benefit to the host’.
We constantly face a battle to improve our immune system and Probiotics helps by producing more microorganisms and modulating immune activating compounds in our body.
Below are the ways to include probiotics in diet:
You can consume foods and drinks enriched in probiotics. These include live cultured yogurts, kefir, nutrition bars, juices, kimchi, buttermilk, chocolates and ice creams. Lactobacillus helps in lactose intolerance, diarrhea and improving gut health. These are found in yogurts, kefir (fermented milk drink), Pickles, pickled vegetables, etc. Bifidobacterium reduces diarrhea , it can relieve symptoms of IBS, abdominal pain, etc. You can find these in dairy product, sauerkraut (fermented raw cabbage) and kimchi, etc.
Read the label to choose the right product. Look for a supplement that has 1 billion Colony Forming Units (CFU), or more per serving. Also, for guaranteed count (CFU) at end of shelf-life to get maximum benefit. Additionally, you can check the strain name and do your own research to know more about the supplement you are choosing.
Probiotics helps in maintaining ideal digestive health. It helps to boosts gut health while influencing liver health too. Probiotics also help to treat antibiotic-associated diarrhoeal infection and soothes symptoms of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS). It also boosts vaginal and prostate health and help prevents allergies and cold. A proper combination of bacteria in your gut can help prevent various gastrointestinal as well as non-gastrointestinal tract diseases. Probiotic from food provide a preventive cover from diseases of gut while boosting overall health. Consumption of naturally found foods with probiotics can reduce the risk of illness due to environmental and physiological factor.
With today’s busy lifestyle – frequently eating out, irregular sleep and meal times, eating oily/spicy food, stressful work conditions all contribute to frequent digestive and immunity issues. This will deplete the population of friendly bacteria in your body. A high dosage of probiotics is needed to restore the number of friendly bacteria in your body. These extra potion comes from supplements if natural food products may not suffice. For treating digestive problems, adding supplements along with foods can ensure proper probiotic concentration to fight the problems.
To conclude, daily intake of probiotics in diet can improve gut health, boost your immunity, and maintain optimal health. Make sure to consume probiotic-rich foods to stay healthy and active.