The wrong bacteria in the wrong place can be problematic. The benefits of the right bacteria in the right place are many. This is where probiotics come in picture and act as your saviour!
Probiotics help keep the natural balance of organisms in the intestine and stimulate the natural enzymes and processes that keep our digestive organs’ functioning. The human digestive tract consists of about 400 types of probiotic bacteria that decrease the growth of bad bacteria. This promotes a healthy digestive system.
Probiotics are microorganisms that can help prevent and cure health disorders. In October 2013, the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) defined probiotics as “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”
Health Benefits of Probiotics
Balance the good bacteria in your digestive system. Probiotics have the ability to restore the balance of gut bacteria. An imbalance implies too much bad bacteria. This can occur due to illness, poor diet or excessive antibiotics.
Prevent and treat diarrhea. Probiotics are known to prevent and decrease the severity of diarrhea. Diarrhea can be a side effect of taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can negatively affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. It isn’t limited to diarrhea caused due to antibiotics. Studies show that probiotics can cure diarrhea due to infections and travelling.
Improve mental health. A lot of studies link gut health to mental health. Animal and human studies show that probiotics can cure some mental health disorders. Research shows, taking probiotic supplements for 8 weeks decreases depression levels.
Keep your heart healthy. Probiotics decrease the LDL (bad cholesterol) level and blood pressure. Certain lactic acid-producing bacteria break down bile in the gut and reduce cholesterol. By breaking down bile, probiotics can prevent it from being reabsorbed in the gut, where it can enter the blood as cholesterol.
10 Sources of Probiotics
Probiotics are usually found in fermented foods or taken as supplements. They appear to be safe for most people. Here are 10 famous sources of probiotics:
Live cultured yogurt is one of the best probiotic food. Look for yogurt made with goat’s milk and infused with extra forms of probiotics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat milk yogurt is high in probiotics. It can be infused with extra forms of probiotics like lactobacillus or acidophilus.
You can also add Thryve’s personalized probiotic blends into any milk or soy medium to create your own yogurt.
2. Dark chocolate
Chocolate on its own does not contain probiotics, but it is a carrier. Chocolate helps probiotics survive the extreme pHs of the digestive tract and helps them make their way to the colon.
Pickled cucumbers and other veggies are a great source of probiotics. All pickles boast of the same briny goodness and probiotic potential.
Kefir is a fermented dairy product which has a unique combination of milk and fermented kefir grains. It has a slightly acidic and tarty flavor. It contains 10 to 34 strains of good bacteria. Kefir is fermented with yeast and other bacteria. The final product is higher in probiotics than yogurt. Kefir is made by the fermentation of milk by the bacteria. Yeasts in kefir break down lactose in the milk. This is why kefir is suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.
You can also add Thryve’s personalized probiotic blends into any milk or soy medium to create your own kefir.
5. Raw Dairy
Raw cow milk, sheep milk, goat milk and A2 aged cheeses are particularly high in probiotics. All pasteurized dairy is devoid of healthy bacteria. To reap the benefits of probiotics in dairy, you’ll need to stick to high-quality unpasteurised dairy.
Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of black tea. It started by using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Many claims have been made about why you should drink kombucha every day. Its health benefits include digestive support, immune support and liver detoxification.
Miso is used in traditional Japanese medicine and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator. Miso soup stimulates the digestive system and energizes the body. It is made from fermented soybeans, rice or barley. Adding a tablespoon of miso to hot water makes an excellent probiotic-rich soup. Miso is packed with nutrition and believed to help neutralize the effects of environmental pollution. It also desalinates the body and stops the effects of carcinogens in the system.
This is a super-food from ocean-based plants such as spirulina, chlorella and blue-green algae. Although not a probiotic itself, microalgae promotes the growth of good bacteria in your gut.
Made from fermented cabbage and other vegetables, sauerkraut is high in organic acids that support the growth of good bacteria. Sauerkraut is high in vitamin C, digestive enzymes, and natural lactic acid bacteria.
Kimchi is an Asian form of pickled sauerkraut. It is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage. Besides beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of B vitamins, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber.
Since so much of your health begins in the complex microbiome of the gut, incorporate these 10 foods to boost your gut health and consequently your holistic well being!
Disclaimer: The above article is sponsored by Thyrve, the world’s first Gut Health Program that incorporates microbiome testing and personalized probiotics to ensure a healthier gut, happier life, and a brighter future.