Probiotic Foods: Do you face digestive issues like bloating, extreme conditions of acidity or constipation? Have you been diagnosed with GERD? Do you face skin problems like acne or eczema? Are you not doing fine enough with your mental health and sleeping cycles? Did your doctor tell you that you face vitamin and mineral deficiency? If the answer to all these questions is a YES, then this is the Health Tips article that you just shouldn’t miss! As the answer to all these problems is
Probiotic Supplements are food supplements that improve your gut health. The benefits of Probiotic are far-reaching. We have all heard about microorganisms, but only a few of us know that they are both good as well as bad for health.
Probiotic Foods have good microorganisms that help us restore the natural condition of our digestive system. They maintain the well-being of our gut, stomach, intestines, etc.
Unknowingly we often destroy these probiotic due to the consumption of antibiotics or due to the invasion(attack) from other harmful bacteria and microorganism. These reside throughout our body and benefit us in innumerable ways. It is very important for us to maintain their count in our body and also keep replenishing them from time to time to keep a healthy gut, digestive system, immunity, mental health and vitamin, and mineral balance.
The natural way of healthy living can never go out of fashion. The most important key to healthy living in today’s era is choosing natural means and products over processed ones. Finding the right share of nutrients in common food is just not a big deal. Common foods are a rich storehouse of nutrients. Instead of spending money on buying Probiotic-rich medicines and supplements, one can consume them from their kitchen itself.
Here is the list of all Probiotic Foods (Probiotic Indian Foods)
The best possible source of Probiotic is undoubtedly Yogurt/Greek yogurt or Curd. It has been shown to help steady the passage of food through our digestive tract and to lessen the risk of certain digestive problems such as diarrhea.
When shopping for Yogurt do keep in mind that you do not go for the one with added preservatives and sugar. These preservatives take away the nutritional benefits out of it. Going organic is the best way, as it has lower levels of contamination and higher nutritional benefits. Few tips to even better your choice would be preferring yogurt made with goat-milk to cow-milk as the former as less-fat and are loaded with vitamins and protein. The best kind of curd are the homemade ones which are super easy to make and one can have more control over its quality compared to marketed products.
It has been found that when ingested/consumed, cocoa powder ferments and releases a substance that improves cholesterol levels. The gut microbes that digest cocoa are probiotics(Lactobacillus), and cocoa gives a boost to these probiotics. Some of the research has also suggested that cocoa reduces cardiac inflammation when moved to the colon. A lot of companies manufacturing probiotic have also started to add dark chocolate in their product. So in simple word, dark chocolate is a brilliant source of probiotic and eating them can be really beneficial not only for the digestive system but also for the cardiovascular system(heart).
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is believed to be one of the most uprising items in the global health market. It has gained such popularity within no time and surpassed the ones that were earlier popular among health fanatics! Apple cider vinegar is truly worth it when we talk about its innumerable health benefits. Right from being an excellent probiotic that works wonders for your digestion to helping in nutrient absorption, soothing a sore throat, reducing dandruff, lowering blood cholesterol, reducing obesity… So basically you name it, it has it!
Drinking half a glass of lukewarm water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in it every day in an empty stomach can change your life!
Green peas are another food easily available almost everywhere that is quite rich in probiotics. When researching this particular food I was amazed to come across the fact that it helps in preventing stomach cancer!
Other health benefits are:
- Improves heart health
- Lowers cholesterol
- Keeps bones strong
- Excellent for digestion
- strengthens immunity
- Naturally anti-aging
Beer is a popular fermented drink that is often consumed as an alcoholic drink. Yes, it does cause a little bit of intoxication but if consumed in the right proportion can lead to astounding health benefits. Beer is rich in probiotic bacteria as it a fermented drink made by fermentation by bacteria. Beer helps reduce risk of heart diseases by lowering inflammation in the body, thinning the blood and preventing clots. It also increases good cholesterol, strengthens bones, reduces the risk of kidney stones, lowers risk of diabetes, boosts mental health, minimizes cancer risks. Isn’t it amazing to know that a drink that has always been a symbol of taboo can be so helpful and blessing for the body? But make sure not to consume it out of proportion.
Olives are often eaten as toppings with a lot of food items. But not a lot of us knew that these are a rich source of probiotics. So next time before picking up those green stuff out of your food and slyly dropping them at the sides, remember the benefits it gives. Some of the major ones being:
- Reduces the risk of obesity
- Excellent for digestion
- Lowers cholesterol
- Amazing for skin and hair
Soft Aged Cheese
Cheese is often considered as a food of guilty- pleasure. But little do we know about its benefit as a probiotic natural supplement. It instills the bacteria in the gut to maintain the natural flora inside the stomach and digestive system. Soft aged cheese can be extremely healthy for the heart as well. Apart from maintaining good heart health it also prevents the formation of cellulite and maintains bone health.
Fermented Beetroot Juice/Kvass
Call it Kvass, Kanji or simply fermented beetroot juice. Different regions call it in their own different way but its the health benefits does not change with its name! Packed with essential probiotic benefits, this super tasty and healthy drink can be wonderful for the gut health as well for the entire digestive system. In addition to being an excellent gut healer, it also provides a lot of Folic acids (source of iron).
It should be consumed at least three times a week, especially by women. But that doesn’t mean men cannot consume it. They surely can. In fact, they should try it without any second thought!
Some of the most delectable dishes have this particular ingredient in it. A favorite among vegetarians. One of the biggest sources of protein is also a probiotic! Cottage cheese is a probiotic-rich food that is packed with essential protein and vitamins. It helps in maintaining the good bacteria in the body. It is also a source of calcium. Parents should definitely include cottage cheese in their kids’ meal at least 3-4 times a week. It promotes a healthy heart and strengthens bones.
Buttermilk or Chhaas is not only a probiotic-rich food but also a natural cleanser for the body. Rich in calcium and probiotic bacteria this flavor-full drink is good for the bones and also the digestive system. With a single cup of buttermilk every day, one can say goodbye to constipation for forever! It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and also a factory of essential macronutrients.
Probiotic-rich foods are as essential to our body as simple daily food are. Neglecting these can be discomforting for the entire body and not just the digestive system. Adding these foods to your meal at least 3-4 times a week can work in a very positive way.
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