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What Are Probiotics and Do You Really Need Them? :

What Are Probiotics and Do You Really Need Them?

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Your digestive system processes food and your body absorbs nutrients depending on the strength and efficiency of the digestive system. Food gives life and energy and the overall health of the digestive system is important for health and to stay energized. The ancient Indian science of Ayurveda has much to say about digestive system and digestive power, termed as “ agni ” which is the Sanskrit word for fire. Powerful digestion is a requisite for good health. 

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Types of probiotics Probiotics is a general term covering a range of helpful bacteria found in a variety of foods, usually fermented.   Bifidobacterium : This class of bacteria is usually found in fermented dairy products like yogurt and kumiss .   Lactobacillus: You will find plenty of lactobacillus in yogurt. Lactobacillus improves digestion and can put a stop to diarrhea which is why if you have diarrhea you should consume buttermilk made from yogurt.   Saccharomyces Boulardi : This belongs to the fungi family and comes in useful when you have digestion issues or diarrhea .

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What are Probiotic foods Now that you know what are probiotics you will want to know about probiotic foods. Foods that are fermented usually contain probiotic bacteria and fungi. Some good probiotic foods are: Yogurt   Kefir Fermented vegetables like cabbage and vegetable pickles. Korea has its version of fermented cabbage known as kimchi and the Germans have sauerkraut. Cheese like gouda, parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar. Tempeh is fermented soybean Miso is the Japanese variety of fermented soybeans, fermented with the help of fungus known as koji . Miso may also have other items like rice and barley. Kombucha is fermented tea, either green or black Natto   from Japan is made from soybean and contains Bacillus subtilis  

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Probiotics good for heart What are probiotics that are good for heart health?  The answer is to consume yogurt and fermented vegetables that have substantial amounts of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus reuteri and Bifidobacterium longum . These help to reduce cholesterol and improve fat metabolism as well as blood pressure.  

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Probiotics good for immunity What are probiotics considered good for immunity? The answer is Bifidobacterium bifidum , Bifidobacterium longum , Lactobacillus crispatus , and Lactobacillus gasseri . It may not be easy to get them all from a single food source but you can find supplements that contain all these strains. You remain better protected against allergies, cancer, and infection. Probiotics promote better absorption of nutrients, nullify the effects of harmful bacteria and the toxins they generate and slow down oxidative damage. You remain youthful and energetic to a  ripe old age when you make probiotic rich foods a part of your daily diet.