My previous post was all about ‘Good Bacteria‘ and the role they play in maintaining a healthy life. Some researchers believe that up to 90 percent of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome. Poor gut health can contribute to leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases and disorders like arthritis, dementia, heart disease, and cancer.
So it’s understood that good health begins in the gut while poor gut function, due to an imbalance of gut bacteria, can lay us open to digestive disorders and a host of other health problems.
So how can we make our Gut to stay healthy ?
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Answer is Try out Probiotic, Prebiotic and Synbiotics
The health benefits imparted by probiotics and prebiotics as well as synbiotics have been the subject of extensive research in the past few decades. These food supplements termed as functional foods have been demonstrated to alter, modify and reinstate the pre-existing intestinal flora. Functional foods also provide the body with required amount of vitamins, fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
The term Probiotics is derived from a Greek word meaning “for life”. Probiotics have been defined as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host. The concept of probiotics evolved at the turn of the 20th century from a hypothesis first proposed by Nobel Prize winning Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff.
- Provide a natural defense or immune system for body
- Prevent growth of harmful bacteria
- Strengthen immune system towards allergies and other autoimmune diseases
- Help body to produce vitamins
- Support healthy digestion
- Increase defecation and reduce constipation
- Help control the illness-causing bacteria in intestinal tract
- Reduce cholesterol level
- Reduce blood pressure
- Improve body’s absorption of minerals, especially calcium
- Decrease dental-caries-causing microbes in mouth
- Prevent diarrhea after having treatment with certain antibiotics
- Prevent diarrhea caused by virus or Salmonella
- Manage the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Reduce amounts of cancer-causing substances in your intestine
Yogurt is the most common source of probiotics
Miso, Cheese, Kefir , Sauerkraut, Pickles, Chocolate, Tofu, Tempeh