Pro means promoting and biotics means life, so probiotics is all about living microbes.

 

Coming from a gujju family, dhoklas, dahi vadas, handva and many other kinds of fermented food are a part of our weekly food menu. We always got our probiotics from these foods. I believe this is the tastiest way to get your probiotics in.

 

On 27th of October, 2018, I was at the bloggers meet by DuPont – Nutrition and Health. The meet was all about probiotics and its why, how, when, where, what.

 

I thought it would be nice to share a blog about the same for my health and fitness freak readers.

 

Probiotics – The good Bacteria

 

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that promote a healthy gut. In fact, as per the food and Agricultural Organization, the World Health Association defines Probiotics as, “Live Microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host.”

 

It’s important to have a balance between good and bad bacteria in the gut. It helps the immune system and digestive health.

 

Its best to get these probiotics naturally. In case you don’t like food with probiotics or if your ill and having a lot of antibiotics then you must take supplements or add probiotics to the food you like.

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Science and Benefits of Probiotics

The benefits of probiotics go beyond gut health

  • Helps digestive system run smoothly
  • Keeps your immune system strong
  • Helps prevent and treat diarrhoea
  • Boosts nutrient absorption
  • Helps fight cold and flu
  • Improves vaginal health
  • Helps in reducing severities of certain allergies

Probiotics taken as a supplement or added to the food of your choice should be of the right strains. Each probiotic has its unique strain and each strain has its special benefits. So, the right strain should be selected depending on the problem you have. You must google and find out more on this before you go the market to buy a probiotic food or supplement.

Probiotics Strains

 

Vegan sources of Probiotics:

 

Fermented food like idli, dosa, dhokla are some of the best natural source of vegan probiotics. You can also get probiotics from vegan kombucha, pickled vegetables (this can be made without oil too) and chutneys.

Vegan Probiotic Food

If you are not comfortable with the taste of these then there are vegan supplements available in the market.

 

So, go and have your probiotic food now and improve your health.

 

Until then,

Lots of good health,

Jinal Gada