Probiotics: Food for your gut!
Did you know?
Almost 70 % of your immune system resides in your gut
We have certain ‘good bacteria’ and ‘yeast’ that reside in our gut which are essential for the normal functioning of our digestive system and are called “probiotics”.
What exactly are Probiotics?
They naturally live in our bodies mainly in the digestive system and can also be found in food or taken as supplements. The most common probiotics are the bacteria that belong to the group of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Probiotics help to keep our gut healthy.
Why is it so important to maintain gut health?
Since everything that we eat passes through our gut, it is the health of the gut which determines how well, the nutrients from the food ingested will be absorbed and utilized in our body. Our gut has both good and bad bacteria. It is the balance of these both which keeps the digestive system functioning the way it should. Moreover, since most part of our immune system resides in the gut, it becomes extremely important to preserve gut health. A healthy gut helps fight infections, systemic inflammation and regulates healthy bowel movement. It also protects us from serious complications like hernias, colon cancer, etc. It also helps reduce high cholesterol and increased blood pressure.
What are the factors that affect the gut flora?
Consuming excessive sugars, refined flours, processed foods, alcohol and fried foods can decrease the good bacteria in the gut drastically. Consuming alcohol further worsens the damage.
Clinical studies show a drastic improvement in the gut microbiota after cessation of smoking.
Excessive or frequent use of antibiotics disturbs the digestive system thereby damaging the healthy gut flora.
Certain infections or conditions like IBS, chronic liver disease, peptic ulcers, celiac disease, etc can reduce the good bacteria in the gut.
Our state of mind has a direct impact on our digestive system. Stress negatively impacts the healthy gut flora.
Disturbed or deprived sleep negatively affects the body’s repair mechanism thus weakening the digestive system as well as affecting our overall health.
Immune system weakens with age and thus gut microbiota are easily affected in old age.
Being physically active have proven to be having a positive effect of the gut microbial flora.
What is the role of probiotics in our gut?
The good bacteria in our digestive tract help protect us from harmful bacteria and fungi. Probiotics produce natural acids. This reduces the ph of the content of the intestines and the environment becomes acidic enough for any infectious bacteria to survive thereby maintaining healthy gut flora.
Probiotics synthesize vitamin K and most of the B complex vitamins in the gut.
Probiotics feed on fiber from the diet and produce short chain fatty acids which keeps the cells lining the colon healthy.
Probiotics may help release the appetite-reducing hormones as well as increase fat regulating proteins in the body which may prevent weight gain.
Healthy gut microbiota increases the total number of white blood cells thus boosting immune function
Healthy gut bacteria produces most of the serotonin in the body which helps improves our mood as well as maintain healthy functioning of our gastro-intestinal tract.
Probiotics helps relieve the symptom of diarrhea which occurs due to use of antibiotics.
Probiotics are extremely beneficial to relieve the symptoms of Irritable Bowel syndrome like diarrhea, indigestion, etc.
Probiotics help in better digestion of food by keeping the gut healthy.
How do we get probiotics?
Probiotics are naturally present in our gut. They can be found in foods like Yoghurt, buttermilk, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread, miso, tempeh, soy sauce and kefir. They can also be taken as supplements.
Why should you take Probiotic supplements?
There are many kinds of probiotic strains and it’s not possible to consume all food sources of probiotics in the required quantities, all at once. This makes probiotic supplements as an excellent choice to go for. They are readily available and are easy to consume since they are in a tablet form. More so, probiotic supplements like Pure Nutrition Progut Plus contain a perfect mix of live good bacteria which gives you the benefits of variety of strains all at once and drastically improve your gut health.
It is important to choose a probiotic supplement correctly as not all supplements can sustain the acidic environment of the stomach and might not even reach the gut. Pure Nutrition Progut plus contains 25 billion CFU’s of naturally fermented bacteria which greatly improve gut health and boost immunity.
Remember, a healthy gut means a healthy body!