Beneficial Bacteria

We don’t usually think of bacteria as a good thing, but when it comes to your gut, they’re essential. Strains of beneficial bacteria called probiotics, and the prebiotics that feed them, provide immense value to our health and wellbeing. This double ‘P’ – Probiotic and Prebiotics work together terrifically to give a boost to our digestive system.

What is Probiotic?

Probiotics refer to friendly live microorganism which, when administrated with a sufficient amount, confer health benefits to the host.  Based on scientific evidence, probiotics help to balance the good and bad bacteria in the intestine, reduce toxins generated in the intestine, normalise the bowel movement, boost our immune system and protect us from diseases. Sources of food that are rich with probiotics include cultured milk such as Yakult, yoghurt, cheese, tempeh, miso-soup, kefir and others.

What is Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates that act as ‘food’ for probiotics which help to grow and flourish our natural beneficial bacteria in the intestine. Prebiotics are available mainly in vegetables, fruits, grains and cereal. When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a symbiotic where live bacteria the fuel they need to thrive are present to ensure a healthy digestive system.

According to well-established studies, supplementing your diet with probiotics and prebiotics reaps a vast amount of benefits, including:

  • Prevention/treatment of diarrhoea, especially after taking certain antibiotics
  • Stronger resistance to bacterial and viral infections such as colds and flu
  • Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Accelerating the treatment of certain intestinal infections
  • Prevention/treatment of vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
  • Prevention/treatment of eczema in children

 

Yummy Recipes for a Healthy Digestive System

Why not kick off your day with a nutritious breakfast which is especially good to your digestive system? Try these fantastic and healthy recipes for your next breakfast preparation. Both of them include stomach-friendly ingredients which keep your digestive tract robust.

Yakult Cold Pasta Salad


Ingredients (serves 2):

Spiral pasta                                         200gm

Capsicum (red & yellow)               40gm (each)

Parsley                                                     5mg

Onion                                                    20gm

Paramesan cheese                          2tsp / 20gm

Salt                                                         1tsp

Black pepper                                      1tsp

Italian herbs (basil & oregano)   2tbsp

Sunflower seeds                              2tbsp

Yakult Ace                                           1 bottle

Method:

1)      Cook the pasta according to the instruction on the packaging.

2)      Drizzle pasta with olive oil for taste and to avoid pasta from sticking together, leave it to cool.

3)      Chop the capsicum, parsley and onion.

4)      Prepare the dressing by mixing the olive oil, black pepper, Italian herbs, salt and Yakult Ace.

5)      Mix all the pasta, chopped vegetables and dressing together.

6)      Finally, sprinkle with sunflower seeds and Paramesan cheese.

7)      Ready to serve.

Green Apple Orange Banana Yakult Smoothie

Ingredients (serves 2):

¼             Green apple

¼             Sweet orange

½             Banana

2btls      Yakult

1cup      Ice cubes

1              blender

Methods:

  1. Wash and cut all the required fruits into small cubes.
  2. Put all ingredients into the blender.
  3. Blend it well.
  4. Ready to serve.
  5. Enjoy!

 

This article is courtesy of Yakult.

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