Probiotics: A Healthy diet of Life

“A Healthy Body helps to lead a Healthy Life”. It is very essential to maintain a proper health. The best way to improve health is to eat healthy because what you eat is closely linked to your health. In many cases, illness and injuries occur due to the lack of care of your body. One of the best ways to have a healthy body is firstly to have the proper Digestive system. The digestive system is said to be the root cause of all illness. A Digestive system consists of good and bad Bacteria, a proper balance of good and bad bacteria contributes to the healthy Digestive system.

Research shows that there are more than 400 species of good and bad Bacteria in your gut. It is therefore very essential to maintain a good balance between these Bacteria for the overall health of the body. Most of these Bacteria’s resides in the intestine. The good and bad Bacteria supports in the digestion of food. A healthy working of intestine helps in filtering and eliminating harmful Bacteria and waste products.

ProbioticsThere are various causes of imbalance of good and bad Bacteria like Lack of sleep, Emotional stress, poor diet, and bad eating habits and overuse of antibiotics etc. When there is an imbalance of good and bad Bacteria, i.e. when the population of bad Bacteria exceeds the good Bacteria in the gut, it leads to several health problems like infections in the urinary system, Diarrhoea, skin infections, Allergies, Fatigue, etc. Knowing the consequences of the growth of bad Bacteria in your gut it’s very essential to increase the number of good Bacteria in your gut. Probiotics are the one which helps to solve this problem.

Probiotics in the simple term are a type of ‘Good Bacteria’ or can say are the live micro-organisms found in some foods and supplements. Probiotics help in maintaining a healthy balance of Bacteria in the gut. Even if you are living a healthy lifestyle and having healthy food like vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates or proteins still you cannot obtain the Probiotics from these foods. Basically, there are few food items which are the natural source of Probiotics. You can get Probiotics naturally from cheese, Yogurt, tempeh, miso, and kimchi. There are also Probiotics supplements available in the market if taken in right dosage helps in the optimal health of your gut.probioticsProbiotics are basically live Bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system. Whenever we normally think of Bacteria, we consider them as something that causes diseases or other health problems. But this is not true. As mentioned above, our body is full of good and bad Bacteria and the Probiotics are called ‘good’ or ‘helpful’ bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

Probiotics contain following micro-organisms in it:

  1. Saccharomyces-

This is a type of micro-organism found in yeast which helps to treat acne problems and Diarrhoea. It also helps in reducing the side effects caused due to gastric ulcer treatments.

  1. Streptococcus-

This micro-organism produces the enzyme lactase, which helps in the prevention of bowel inflammation and lactose intolerance.

  1. Lactobacillus-

These type of micro-organisms are found in the urinary, digestive and genital system. They are also found in fermented food like yogurt and helps prevent skin disorders, respiratory infections, and urinary tract infections.

  1. Bifidobacteria-

This type is found in a healthy colon and appears in the intestinal tract of babies within the days of birth. They prevent dental cavities and bad cholesterol.

There are several benefits of Probiotics:

  1. Preventing and treating skin infections, Urinary tract infections.
  2. Helps in treating Skin conditions like eczema.
  3. Helps in treating Allergies and Asthma.
  4. Lactose intolerance.
  5. Helps in treating stomach and respiratory infections especially in children.

After knowing several benefits of Probiotics, the first question arises in mind is How do Probiotics work…? Researchers are still trying to find as how does Probiotics exactly to work..? It is said that when you lose good Bacteria in your body after taking antibiotics or due to any other reason, Probiotics helps to lower the number of bad bacteria in your gut by replacing them with the good Bacteria. They also help in maintaining the good balance between good and bad Bacteria in your gut.

Some suggest for Prebiotics to maintain the healthy digestive system. Although Prebiotics if selectively utilized helps to increase healthy Bacteria in your gut but still there is a major difference between Probiotics and Prebiotics. Just like Probiotics, Prebiotics isn’t a food but they are found in various foods. Prebiotics are classified as non-digestible food ingredients that can be utilized by Probiotics. They aid digestion and increases the production of valuable vitamins. The major source or Prebiotics is dietary fiber which naturally occurs in fruits and vegetables. We can say about Prebiotics as the fuel that feeds Probiotics successful restoration of good Bacteria.ProbioticsDupont range of Probiotics popularly known as HOWARU can add documented health benefits to dairy products, frozen desserts, beverages etc. HOWARU range are scientifically proven for the smooth functioning of the digestive system and improves the body’s immune system.  Dupont’s Probiotic dietary supplements enhance in maintaining the digestive system and immune system of the all age group consumers.

After knowing what exactly Probiotics is..? how it helps for the healthy functioning of the body…? I can understand why our elders always used to insist to have either a bowl full of curd or buttermilk while having lunch. The amount of Probiotics present in a bowl of curd or a glass of buttermilk helps to increase the number of good Bacteria in your gut. But in many cases, the small amount of curd or buttermilk or other dairy products are not enough to eradicate the number of bad Bacteria in your body, in such cases you can opt for Probiotic supplements available in the market. Approximately we need 40bns/perday of Probiotics cfu/ml.

The FDA regulates Probiotics as food items and not like medications. But still, in some cases, the consumer might have mild side effects such as gastric problem, upset stomach, diarrhea for the first couple of days after taking supplements. So, it is always suggested to first consult your doctor and then opt for the Probiotics supplements.

Author

Snehalata Jain, Mother, Lifestyle blogger, Traveler, Foodie and has a knack of parental advice. She loves to travel with her family and especially her daughter angel so that she can teach her kid the real life experience. A Micro Biologist and lecturer by profession, a full time mother and blogger by choice. She is a social media pro since 2012 handling over 100 profiles till now. Stepping to blog was her decision when she realized that whatever you do or experience, documentation makes it authentic. She loves photography and traveling and creating unique recipes which are healthy and tasty. She writes what she experience during her trips. About Blogsikka : It was just a quick decision to make my lifestyle blog , while searching for blog name. I wanted a name which is not related to specific things as my life is so dynamic that I can’t stick to one thing. I love travelling and eat delicacies from around the world. My love doesn’t stop here , infact I love to cook delicious thing which I see during my trips and replicate at home. Blogsikka is all about my own experiences of life and i write whatever i experience. And my backbone support is my husband DILKHUSH SHAH who is chartered accountant by profession and a hard core traveler by passion. He is the reason behind my all trips. DO FOLLOW MY BLOG : https://blogsikka.com and my all social media tabs

32 Comments

  1. Anita Singh Reply

    Scientific version to jyada samjh nahi aaya per iske benefits samjh me aaye, thanks for such informative post ,bahut useful hai, will keep in mind n sabko bataungi bhi 😊

  2. Noor Anand Chawla Reply

    Thank you for giving us so much information on this subject. It is indeed important to know about anything that will help us to stay healthy.

  3. Recently been reading a lot about the benefits of probiotics. Kudos to Dupont for doing so much to raise awareness.

  4. My brother has always recommended me probiotics. But I kept ignoring. After reading your blog I realised how good it is for gut and overall health. I hope to include it in my diet. 2019 will be all about health for me

  5. Wow! This is like a complete guide to probiotics. Extremely informative post. Karma’s refuses to eat curd at all so we usually look for other sources as well. Will also check out Duponts range of probiotics for her. Thanks!

    • Yeah and Probiotics from dupont comes in many varieties and hence we can trick our kids to feed Probiotics in the form of chocolate as well

  6. I had a vague idea about probiotics but never really delved deep to know much about its actual and multifaceted benefits. Its really great to know that our tasty food like icecreams can also be healthy due to probiotics

  7. Papri Ganguly Reply

    only knew that probiotics are good bacteria. Didn’t know more than this. Thanks for sharing such informative article

  8. 400 good and bad bacteria and other micro-organisms in our gut, oh my god.. never had any idea about it. Thinking of this now I feel probiotics is a must. Will check upon Howaru for self and family.

  9. Ruchi Verma Reply

    I really loved the details here and now I feel proud that I have a habit of must having curd in my meal…

  10. Its great that awareness of probiotics are on the rise now. With the unhealthy lifestyles we lead the focus on better health options is so essential

  11. Deepa Shri Rajan Reply

    Omg! This is an amazing read, never knew in my life that this probiotics has so much goodness to offer for our health. This is an eye-opener to me. I have never shown interest towards it and now i understand it completely. Thanks for this rocking article

  12. Thank you so much Sneha for sharing such detailed post on probiotics. Probiotics has loads of health benefits. I wish if I was part of the event. Very informative truely.

  13. Probiotics are really imp for our health, thanks to Dupont for introducing such amazing products to us. Hope HOWARU will gift us a happy and healthy life.

  14. This is such informative post I was not knowing the benefits when importance of probiotics but surely start thinking this.

  15. This is such an informative post, I am glad bloggers for a first hand access to such vital information in this bloggers meet

  16. Probiotic supplements are very important to us because my son cannot consume dairy. He is allergic. Where are these products available? And are these meant for babies/ toddlers?

  17. Probiotics have always been neglected somehow.

    Dupont is doing a great job & your post nicely explains the essence of probiotics for our health.

  18. In recent past I was suggested by my physician to start probiotics as I was having a lot of health troubles that were originating from an unhealthy gut. This is really informative post for someone like me.

  19. It’s good to see so much awareness being spread about probiotics. This is quite a detailed and informative post. Some of the facts were totally new for me as well.

  20. Probiotics are definitely the way to go, one must inculcate in their diet for a stronger gut and healthier living. Loved the post 🙂

  21. Worth reading this post from you Sneha. Keep sharing such things.. I love reading the ways of healthy living. Probiotics are the Superb,i know

  22. Didn’t know about Dupont’s range of probiotics. Thanks for this insightful post. Food is sometimes not enough and hence such supplements are much needed.

  23. This new range sounds promising. I will definitely get some products for my daughters. And thanks or sharing some great info on probiotics.

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