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Probiotics and gut health

There are increasing emphases on probiotics in recent years in both the food industry and the research field. What actually are probiotics and what are the relationships between probiotics and gastrointestinal health?

In our guts, there are "good" and "bad" bacteria. Probiotics are considered "good" bacteria, which help balancing the microbiotic environment in the gut and stimulate peristalsis, hence improves bowel movements and eases constipation. 

Recent research stated that probiotics can stimulate the formation of a mucous layer on our guts, which prevents toxins from entering our body. Our immune systems can then be ameliorated, which protects us from infectious diseases. More researches regarding the benefits of probiotics on alleviating eczema, depression and weight management are continuing.

To maintain healthy environment in our guts, we recommend consuming more fruits and vegetables (recommended intake: 2 serves of fruits and 3 serves of vegetables every day). Food that is rich in probiotics including yoghurt, miso, kimchi and cheese products.

Please note that people who are on medications, antibiotics, or those who frequently stays in hospitals should consult registered dietitians for individualizedadvice.

 

 

Information by: Registered Dietitian from Hong Kong Adventist Hospital