Digestive system and stomach problems are very common in today’s life. A mixture of poor unhealthy diet, stress, exposure to environmental toxins, and food intolerances can create various tummy problems, such as bloating, constipation and uneasiness. The good news is that Probiotics and prebiotics, active components found in foods and various supplements, may offer some relief.
Probiotics also known as “helpful bacteria,” keeps our digestive system healthy by controlling the growth of harmful bacteria in our body. Prebiotics also known as food for probiotics, are carbohydrates that cannot be digested by the human body. They are very essential for our body. Some of the benefits of probiotics and prebiotics include:
- They relief us from digestive problems such as bloating and constipation.
- Maintain the body’s immune system by protecting from harmful bacteria.
- Restore gut healthy flora after antibiotics and rebalance the bacteria needed for optimum nutrient intake.
Yoghurt, which contains live bacteria like lactobacillus or bifidobacteria is one of the best source of getting probiotics. Other sources of probiotics including tempeh, sourdough bread, fermented milk drinks, miso soup and more. Including these foods in our diet on the regular basis can reduce the various digestive problems. Also, they are the good source of vitamins and minerals and provides energy to our body.
Prebiotics works together with probiotics, and help nourishing the probiotics in the intestines. If we don’t eat foods containing prebiotics, the level of probiotics may fall and cause harmful effect on our health. Prebiotics also plays an important role in supporting the immune function. Some of the good source of prebiotics include, green vegetables, wheat bran, soy beans, bananas, aromatic vegetables, etc.
Probiotics and prebiotics are also available in supplement form. Taking daily dose of these supplements also gives us a good gut health. Though people with immune system problems shouldn’t take them or consult with their doctor before taking them.
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