Let’s see what probiotic foods are and how they can help your gut health and overall wellbeing.
Probiotics are live microorganisms with promising health benefits, if consumed in good quantity. Probiotics are found in curd and dietary supplements, fermented foods and even beauty products.
Early clinical trials suggest that probiotic consumption may improve your blood glucose control. Consuming probiotic supplements may lower your blood sugar levels by modifying your gut microbiota, according to a study.
Bacteria and other microorganisms are not always harmful germs. Many indeed are very helpful. Some bacteria help you digest food, some destroy disease-causing cells and some produce vitamins. Many of the microorganisms found in probiotics are the same as or quite similar to microorganisms that naturally live in your body.
Types of Bacteria in Probiotics
There are many types of bacteria that are classified as probiotics. They all have different health benefits, but most come from two groups. The most common among them are bacteria that belong to groups called Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
It’s probably the most common probiotic that you find in your home-made curd and other fermented foods. Certain strains of it can help relieve diarrhea and digest lactose, in case you’re lactose-intolerant.
It’s found in some dairy products. It might help ease the symptoms of your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and some other conditions that you might suffer from.
What Probiotics Do to Help
Different probiotics may act in different ways. One of them is that probiotics help send food through your gut by affecting nerves that control gut movement. There are common health conditions which may be treated with probiotics. They are:
Research also shows that probiotics can be useful for problems in other body parts. They are:
Let’s explore top 5 probiotics that might help you with your health.
1. Curd – Full of Gut Bacteria
Your home-made curd is full of gut-friendly bacteria, which can improve your gut-health and overall health.
Curd contains lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria, probiotics that help relieve you of diarrhea and help you digest lactose, a sugar in milk.
2. Paneer – Protein Rich Food
Panner is out-and-out an Indian probiotic food and a protein rich food. 100 grams of panner will give you 11 grams of protein.
Because panner contains a great amount of calcium, it may help children with teeth and bone formation.
3. Buttermilk – Fermented Indian Drink
Buttermilk is a fermented Indian drink, removed of its fat content. It’s your cheap but healthy probiotic superstar!
4. Kefir – Fermented Milk Drink
Kefir is a drink made out of fermented milk of a cow, goat or sheep. kefir has a slightly sour flavour and is created through a fermentation process.
It’s a good beverage for your digestive health, and it contains about “30 unique species of good bacteria” which are known to improve your gut health and may even aid your digestive processes.
5. Pickles – For Good Bacteria
Let’s get it right: pickles made with vinegar do not contain live probiotics. Only naturally fermented salt pickles encourage the growth of good bacteria in your gut.
Traditional Indian pickles contain vitamins and minerals too. Pickles also tend to be high in sodium, so eat your pickle in less quantity.
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