Advertising strongly advises us to buy products and drugs with probiotics and prebiotics. Let’s see what a probiotic culture is and who needs it.
Probiotics are microbial cultures that help the intestines work correctly. Mostly lactobacilli and bifidobacteria populate the colon.
Digestion significantly improves with sufficient beneficial bacteria in the bowels: the breakdown of foods, the absorption of nutrients, etc. These bacteria produce certain nutrients and vitamins, particularly folic acid, vitamin K, and B.
The intestines do not actively absorb and do not entirely decompose prebiotics, part of the food. However, prebiotics is an essential medium for the normal functioning of the bowels and those probiotics in them. The main benefit of prebiotics is coarse fibre.
Vegetables, fruits and whole grains contain a lot of fibre. Some food producers purposely enrich products with prebiotics, such as dairy, cereals, etc. That is useful.
So, probiotics and prebiotics are essential for the proper functioning the gastrointestinal tract and overall health. The absence of imbalance in bowel function signs such as constipation or liquefaction of faeces depends on probiotics and prebiotics. For example, an increase in fibre can lead to the liquefaction of wastes, and a decrease in this ingredient can lead to constipation.
Medics believe that about 20 to 25 grams of fibre per day help ensure the gut’s normal digestive function. Besides, the tables of the food’s chemical composition indicate the amount of fibre in it. They also believe that at least 400 grams of fresh vegetables and fruits in the daily diet provide suitable fibre.
Sources of probiotic culture are all dairy products. Besides, a recommendation is to consume about 600 grams of dairy daily. At the same time, fermented milk should prevail. Paying attention to the shelf life of such products is essential.
Should I be guided by the inscription “contains live bacteria” on the packaging of kefir or yoghurt? It does not matter since most bacteria die under the influence of gastric hydrochloric acid. They will unlikely reach the intestines alive in the correct number, where they should work. That is why drugs containing lacto- and bifidobacteria exist.
They are usually available in capsules that protect them from destruction in the stomach’s acidic environment. So for a healthy diet, regular kefir and yoghurt are excellent. Probiotic culture is a vital component of health. To sum up, the colonic allows for restoring the intestinal microflora.