Probiotics are microorganisms which live in our intestines and are deemed good for the gut. Probiotic foods help maintain a balanced and healthy digestive tract and boost immunity. Here are five reasons you should include probiotic foods in your diet. By Ridhika Bora
1. Helps the Digestive System Maintain Balance
An imbalance in your digestive tract occurs when the bad bacteria overpower the good bacteria. There can be various reasons for an imbalance, such as poor dietary habits or illnesses. Probiotic foods can help restore the natural balance of bacteria when taken in adequate amounts through supplements or beverages. Taking probiotic foods such as kefir, which is a fermented drink made of cow’s or goat’s milk. Helps in protection against digestive problems and against infections
2. May Help Lose Belly Fat
Probiotic foods might help in losing weight and belly fat. The gut bacteria in our body controls the energy you digest from foods. Hence, have a significant impact on weight.
The consumption of some probiotic foods stops the absorption of dietary fat in the intestine, the fat is then excreted rather stored in the body. Eating yoghurt with Lactobacillus fermentum or Lactobacillus amylovorus reduced body fat.
Taking probiotics make you feel fuller for a longer period and helps burn calories and hoard less fat. It’s caused by certain hormones. But not all probiotics help in weight loss, intake of lactobacillus acidophilus labelled in foods can lead to weight gain.
3. Lowers Level of Cholesterol
Probiotics aid the reduction of cholesterol level. Taking some probiotics, specifically those containing Lactobacillus probiotics, L. plantarum and L. reuteri, prevents cholesterol from being made and absorbed and at the same time breaks the existing cholesterol in the body down. Probiotic foods such as yogurt labelled theses probiotic can help reduce the bad cholesterol levels from our body.
4. Treats Diarrhea
Diarrhoea can occur due to many reasons and consuming antibiotics for prolonged periods of time can be one. Probiotics are prescribed to patients suffering from diarrhoea to help reduce their intensity. Apart from this, if you have a weak tummy and are travelling, carry probiotics to prevent diarrhoea. Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus casei and the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii are particularly seen to reduce the risks of diarrhoea.
Probiotics are seen to have benefits for promoting a healthy heart. High level of blood pressure leads to the risk of heart disease, but it can be lowered by taking certain probiotic foods. However, not all probiotics are effective in improving heart health. Fermented milk, kefir are examples of probiotic foods that increase heart health when consumed regularly. Having yoghurt is beneficial for blood pressure.
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