An easy way to ensure you’re getting enough probiotics into your daily diet is to start the day with a probiotic-rich breakfast. Here are four reasons you should include probiotics in your diet, every day.
When it comes to a healthy gut, it’s all about getting the right balance of “good” versus “bad” bacteria. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that promote good health by restoring, replenishing and maintaining a beneficial balance of bacteria in the gut. These good bacteria outcompete bad bacteria and can help stop wanted organisms sticking to the walls of the gastrointestinal tract. If this balance starts to shift (i.e. the number of bad bacteria increases), it can have a major impact on immune system health as well as hormone balance, inflammation and even cognitive function.
Good bacteria (aka probiotics) help your body digest food and absorb nutrients, and they produce several vitamins in the intestinal tract. Probiotics have also been proven to give the gut a helping hand in digesting lactose. Lactose intolerance arises when people don’t have sufficient levels of the enzyme needed to digest lactose (the sugar in milk). Undigested lactose passes into the colon where bacteria break it down into short-chain fatty acids and gas – and that’s when people become painfully aware of the problem. Combining a source of probiotics at breakfast (e.g. Probiotic Muesli) with yoghurt and milk can actually assist your body in breaking
down the lactose in the yoghurt and milk, helping to reduce symptoms.
Probiotics are often used to treat symptoms associated with IBS and can be particularly helpful for the management of constipation. Probiotic supplements have been shown to increase poo frequency, reduce bowel transit time and improve the consistency of a poo. If you’re experiencing IBS type symptoms, you could focus on supplementing your diet with a variety of fermented foods to help keep your good gut bugs in high numbers. This will prevent the bad bacteria (the type that cause gas, bloating and constipation) from overtaking the good.
The key to regular and healthy bowel habits is combining probiotics with prebiotics (food for
probiotics) and plenty of water.
Probiotics may help give your immune system a boost and inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria. In fact, around 70% of the body’s immune system resides in your gut, and your gut bacteria significantly impact your immune health. And when you eat foods with probiotics
regularly, it’s easier for your body to produce vitamins and enzymes that help keep your intestines happy.
Where do you find probiotics:
● Muesli – we currently love the Sunsol PRO-biotic toasted muesli range
This article was written by Dietitians Anna & Alex from The Biting Truth