I was invited for the DuPont probiotics bloggers meet at Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore on 8th Dec 2018. Probiotics was not new to me. I was introduced to probiotics when my daughter was a toddler. Whenever she was on antibiotics, the doctor prescribed her with some probiotic. I wanted to learn more about probiotics and hence I decided to attend the DuPont probiotic bloggers meet.
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What are probiotics?
In the human digestive tract both good and bad bacteria exists. If bad bacteria outnumber good bacteria in the digestive system then this imbalance can lead to digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and infectious diarrhea. Probiotics are good or “friendly” bacteria that promote gut health.
How do probiotics work?
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Association defines probiotics as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts, confer health benefits to the host. The balance of good and bad bacteria in gut is important for digestive health and also for the immune system to fight off viruses, bacteria and diseases.
As a natural way to establish and maintain the proper balance of good and bad bacteria in digestive system, probiotics have been developed. Probiotics can be added to food or taken as supplement to help maintain proper digestive health, keep immune systems strong and have been shown to improve digestion and absorption of food nutrients.
The majority of the immune system is in the digestive tract.
What do their names mean?
Probiotics have families that are described by their names, such as Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium. There is additional information we can learn from their names such as Lactobacillus = Family (or Genus), acidophilus = species, NCFM = strain.
Who should take probiotics?
- A normal human can take probiotics in the form of curd to maintain good gut health.
- Moderate exercise improves immunity. But during heavy exercise or intense training periods, immune health is compromised. Marathon runners should incorporate probiotics in their diet as nearly half of them experience upper respiratory tract infection.
- Children going to schools and day cares are easily prone to common cold and flu. They should consume probiotics as this can help in reducing the incidence of common cold and flu symptoms.
- People who travel frequently.
- Senior citizens.
Where can you find probiotics?
Dietary sources of probiotics were fresh fermented dairy products and other fermented foods. However nowadays probiotics are added to variety of foods, beverages and dietary supplements. Some include:
- Yogurt, drinks and Kefir
- Nutrition bars
- Chocolate and ice cream
- Refrigerated juices
- Dietary supplements
Additionally they can be found in some traditional sources like:
- Miso Soup
How often should I consume probiotics?
Probiotics are only ‘visitors’ in your intestine and will disappear, together with their health benefits, when not consumed regularly. A daily dose of probiotics is recommended in order to maintain a healthy intestinal environment.
Today’s lifestyle is stressful and leads to depletion of our good bacteria. Including more probiotics in diet ensures that you are giving your gut the best chance to balance itself. If you can’t get probiotics from food, then taking a high-quality probiotic supplement can supply you with all essential bacteria strains that you need for optimal health.
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I learnt a lot of things about probiotics during the session. I also learnt that keeping immune system strong in active adults is critical. Thanks to DuPont and Ebix for conducting this insightful bloggers meet.