Are you prone to digestive disorders or do stomach related ailments trouble you way too often? Then, you need to keep in mind a shocking truth – we swallow billions of living bacteria every day! Yes, you read it correctly. No matter how many times you wash your hands with soap or sanitizers, no matter how thoroughly you clean your vegetables and fruits with water, the shocking reality remains: you have taken in billions of living bacteria daily into your system. Before you panic, wait a minute, there is a silver lining to this – not all living bacteria is harmful to your body. Finally, a feeling of relief!
You are probably familiar with probiotic bacteria, which you would have spotted on the shelves of retailers. Long before you noticed it so nicely packaged and marketed in the nearby retail store, the chances are high that your grandmother would have introduced it to you when you were just a baby! Simply put, we are referring to simple, homemade ‘dahi’ which is a part of the Indian meal in various forms.
Ask your doctor for more details on what causes digestive disorders or stomach related ailments. However, the fact is that probiotic bacteria can come to your rescue like nothing else! As you already know, probiotic bacteria benefit the human body in several ways. It safeguards our immunity, defends our gut system by attacking the bacteria, known as ‘good bacteria’, in our system. Good bacteria, according to scientists in the West, can help us live longer.
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Suppose you suffer from stomach related ailments such as an irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, gastroenteritis and so on, it is the good bacteria that comes to your rescue. For those of you with aged parents or children who are prone to allergies, the best thing to do is to include more yogurt as part of their daily meals. This is good for their immune system. Also, it makes them less prone to colds and allergies and better still causes no side effects as medicines do.
However, researchers will point out to you that not all good bacteria are the same. Just as different individuals have different genes, the same applies to good bacteria. Remember this as well: every individual’s gut system reacts differently to different food items and nutrients. Your friend may not fall sick sharing a slice of pizza with you but strangely, you may have an upset stomach the following day.
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Each person’s gut system is unique and can react differently from that of another. That is why stomach related ailments are increasingly on the rise and this is happening worldwide, triggering considerable debate and research on how the human gut functions amidst complexities of changing diets and lifestyles.
Every meal we sit down to eat should also help us understand our bodies better. The important thing to remember is that not all bacteria is bad and learning more about all types of bacteria that we take into our system is the first step towards understanding the body’s health before we head out to consult a doctor.