Probiotic means ‘For Life’. Yes, PROBIOTICS is mantra to “Natural, Healthy Living“. They are good bacteria that your body’s digestive and immune system loves.
‘Germs’ or ‘bacteria’ word is not always linked to ‘disease’. Probiotics are GOOD bacteria (lactobacilli species and bifidobacteria) that help our body absorb important vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, chromium, and vitamins A, D, E, and K, just to name a few.
By adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you could see all of the following health benefits:
- Stronger immune system
- Improve digestion
- Increase energy
- Better breath
- Improve oral health
- Healthier skin and glowing skin
- Healing from inflammatory bowel disease
- Weight loss
Add these probiotic foods into your eating routine to boost your intestinal—and overall—health. These are easily available or can easily prepared and ready to consume.
Curd (Dahi)/ Yogurt: Yogurt/Dahi is a best and rich source of probiotic. Home made curd is always the best option; it is naturally rich in those live cultures. But if you are buying packed yogurt, do check the labels for “live and active cultures”. Market versions are often made using chemical agents and not fermented long enough. Start adding a bowl of the good old dahi or drink chaas/ lassi with your meals; if not doing yet.
Idly, Dosa and Similar South-Indian Cuisine: South-Indian cuisine Idly, dosa and other such food items are also a rich source of probiotic. They are prepared by fermenting rice and urad daal, which makes it high in live cultures of the good bacteria. These food are light on your stomach, low in fat and calories too.
Dhokla: is a dish is made by a batter of fermented besan (gram flour), daal or rice, having addition of curd which adds an additional shot of probiotics.
Pickle (Achaar): Made up from fermenting vegetables and fruits with salt, herbs, spices, water and oil under sun which favours the growth of good bacteria. You can get many variety of pickle at grocery shops as well, but they may lack the natural enzymes, which usually get destroyed in the process of its preparation. So relish the one your granny/mummy makes. So think twice before avoiding pickle next time in food.
Dark Chocolate: Dark Chocolate is tempting rich option for probiotic which help to maintain your digestive system healthy. It help in controlling the free radicals and oxidation of cells because it has high amounts of anti-oxidants . So now you have another good reason to consume more of dark chocolates without feeling guilty.
Olives (Jaitun) : Olives are also a rich in probiotic option. You can add olives to pastas, salads, pizzas etc.
Punjabi Kaanji : This traditional Punjabi drink made with fermented black carrots, mustard seeds, sea salt and water. All left to ferment for up to a week leading to the growth of bacteria. These bacteria help us ‘digest’ the food.
Butter Milk: Like yogurt, buttermilk is also cultured with bacteria (probiotics) that are beneficial for the gastrointestinal system. This creates a tart, acidic liquid that has several health benefits.
Cheese, tofu, soy milk : Due to the fermentation process, cheese too is loaded with probiotic. Its high fats and low acidic nature nurtures and preserves the good bacteria as it moves through the digestive tract. Soy naturally contains some probiotic benefits, but commercial soy milk products contain added extra live cultures. Look for labels that say “live and active cultures” to be sure.
Along with healthy, balanced and nutritious food, addition of regular physical activity in your routine doubles the values and benefits of food intake.
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