Probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.”Probiotics is live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics, but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be used. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures, such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.
Origin: They are naturally found in the digestive, urinary, and genital systems
Source: Foods that are fermented, like yogurt, curd, buttermilk
Benefits: Lactobacillus helps in treating and preventing yeast infections, urinary tract infection, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, treating lactose intolerance, skin disorders (fever blisters, eczema, acne, and cancer sores), and prevention of respiratory infections, reduce abdominal pain, increases immune response and reduces overgrowth of pathogens in digestive tract.
Fiber is an important component of a healthy balanced diet. Fiber is also known as roughage. It is the indigestible part of plant foods that pushes through our digestive system, absorbing water along the way and easing bowel movements.Fiber is not a nutrient and contains no calories or vitamins but necessary for a healthy and efficient digestive system.
How do I increase dietary fiber?
Because fiber is central to your bowel health, be careful about suddenly increasing your intake and overburdening your digestive system. You should only aim for a 5g increase over a three to five day period, and drink plenty of water for it to be effective. Make sure you get both forms of fiber in your diet.
- Eat more whole fruit instead of fruit juice and snack on raw vegetables.
- Read labels. Look for the word “whole” before any grains on the ingredient list and check the number of grams of dietary fibre on the nutrition facts panel of packages to select high-fibre foods.
- Add legumes, seeds, and nuts into soups, salads, and stews.
- Replace refined white bread, pasta, and rice with whole-grain products.