What are the benefits of probiotics?

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For a healthy digestive and immune system, we need thousands of friendly bacteria in our body.


Natural probiotics that can be added to the daily diet prevent stomach and intestinal problems and enable the immune system to work better. Dietician Nilay Keçeci Arpaci gave information about the “benefits of probiotics”.


Good boy "probiotics"


The word bacteria is negative by many; that is, it is perceived as a disease-causing thing. However, almost 85% of the bacteria found in the intestines are actually friendly bacteria. These friendly bacteria are probiotics. Probiotics provide the balance in the digestive system and create a healthy metabolism when taken at the right rate. It is indispensable for a healthy intestinal flora. However, these bacteria that are beneficial to the body may decrease due to reasons such as infections and unconscious antibiotic use, read more here.


The strongest probiotic source "kefir"


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Thousands of probiotics in every drop of kefir, the most powerful source of probiotics; that is, there are beneficial bacteria. Probiotics taken into the body with kefir, which is seen as a youth elixir; It plays an important role in many activities ranging from the burning of protein and fats in foods to the absorption of vitamins-minerals and amino acids. The taste of kefir obtained by fermenting milk is similar to ayran with soda; However, it is a slightly thicker fermented milk drink.


Many people do not like the taste of kefir. If you do not like the taste of kefir, you can choose fruity ones or you can blend a fruit you like and add it to plain kefir. Adding dried fruits optionally can be an alternative for those who do not like the taste of kefir.


"Goat's milk" that creates a breast milk effect


Breast milk is what is closest to milk goat's milk, ensures the growth of beneficial bacteria in the body with a rich composition. It provides the digestion of proteins and fats in the intestines with probiotics in goat milk. In short, it facilitates the digestion of the consumed foods. The fact that the ratio of casein in goat's milk is lower and that it has a smaller particle structure increases the digestibility ability. Goat milk is slightly richer in serum protein, mineral and calcium than other milk. Cheese and yogurt made from goat's milk can also be added to the diet.


Have your yogurt with lots of probiotics


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Yoghurt and ayran, which we can count as excellent probiotic sources, are also foods that should be included in the daily diet plan. However, if these foods are pasteurized, the amount of probiotics in them is significantly reduced. For this, consuming yoghurt and buttermilk made at home allows more probiotics to be taken.


Provide support with natural 'prebiotics'


Prebiotics; They are non-digestible, carbohydrate type food compounds that support probiotics to stay alive and energetic. In short, prebiotics act as the nutrients for probiotics. Natural prebiotics such as bananas, onions, garlic, artichokes, peas, leeks should be frequently included in the diet plan. Also, foods such as wheat, oats, rye, barley, asparagus and soy naturally contain prebiotics.


So that bad bacteria are not more than good bacteria...
If there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria in the body; body balance changes negatively. For this, it is necessary to try to increase the probiotics in the body. Supplementing with fermented foods is an alternative to encourage the growth of probiotics in the body. With fermented foods such as turnip, pomegranate syrup, pickles, vinegar and boza, probiotics in the intestinal flora can be proliferated.