posted on 13 Mar, 2018
We have probably heard the term ‘probiotics’ at some point. Between yoghurt, cheese, chocolate, and cabbage preparations, it seems probiotics are available everywhere. But what exactly do they do? What are the benefits they provide? And why should we consume them?
What are probiotics?
They are essentially live microorganisms that are found in fermented foods and supplements. Probiotics are also often referred to as the ‘good’ bacteria that not only aid digestion, but also keep your gut healthy. These ‘friendly’ bacteria are nothing new. Infact, the word ‘probiotic’ is of Greek origin which means ‘for life’. Foods such as yoghurt, some juices, miso, etc. contain probiotics.
Why should you consume probiotics?
Probiotics have proven to be extremely beneficial for us in more than one way. Starting from helping the friendly bacteria in our digestive system and keeping your heart healthy, to preventing & treating diarrhea and improving certain mental health conditions – probiotics have it all. While, certain probiotics strains have been useful in reducing eczema in young children and babies, others have been helpful in curing digestive disorders.
How to Incorporate probiotics in your diet for good health?
‘What you eat is what you become.’ This is true in the case of probiotics as well since research suggests various health benefits associated with the intake of probiotics. For instance, probiotics are used to treat diarrhoea, cramps, etc, especially when these are caused by antibiotics. People who are lactose intolerant also find probiotic ease their symptoms.
How should you consume probiotics?
Yogurt is a really good option for a regular dose of probiotics, to begin with. A lot of alternatives for probiotics are available in the market in the form of pills, but consuming probiotic-rich food trumps any supplements.
Kefir, a fermented probiotic-rich milk is prepared by adding kefir grains to cow or goat’s milk, is another good source of probiotic. Sauerkraut, another good source, is shredded cabbage that has been treated with lactic acid bacteria for fermentation. Make sure that you are buying the unpasteurized kind, since pasteurization kills the live and active bacteria in it.
There is a way to incorporate probiotics in your diet without having to worry about allergies, such as lactose intolerance, which is a common problem for people around the world. Imagine presents its wide range of cold pressed juices, which not only serve as a great nutritious meal but are also a rich source of probiotics. Head over to our store today and pick out your favourite flavor and forget about eating anything extra for probiotics – our cold pressed juices will do it all for you.