Looking beyond yoghurt for probiotic health

Looking beyond yoghurt for probiotic health

by Pamela Ng 19 Dec 2017

In the recent years, many people have discovered the importance of probiotic health due to its ability to improve our lives in many ways. Having a healthy gut can mean more effective weight management, better moods, lower risk of diseases, and improved nutrient absorption, all of which betters our general well-being. Yet, there are many ways for us to keep our gut microbiome count in the green besides regularly having yoghurt, and here’s how to do it:


1. Consume other foods besides yoghurt

Yoghurt is easily available and a delicious favourite for many people. But that’s not the only food around that can promote your probiotic health. There are other alternatives that can help the flora in your gut to flourish, and these include, miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and kefir. They not only enhance your gut health, but they also contain other nutrients and anti-oxidants that help promote your overall health.


2. Get exposed to the outdoors

How strong our immune system is depends on the bacteria and micro-organisms we are exposed to. Going outdoors and being exposed to the external outside elements can strengthen our immune system as our bodies will find the need to create antibodies to combat infections and diseases. It might sound like a dance with death, but it’s actually a very natural process. In fact, your body’s been doing that since you were born! Aside from our immune system, diversity in gut flora will develop as well.


3. Reduce use of NSAIDs and antibiotics

While medication can be necessary in times of sickness, having too much of them can be detrimental to our probiotic health. NSAIDs can damage the protective layer in the gut, doing a disservice to the healthy flora living within. Antibiotics do wipe out the bacteria that is causing our sickness, but they can also kill the healthy bacteria that is essential for good health. Unless your doctor advises you to finish the course, there’s no need to continue relying on medication once the symptoms subside.


4. Eat your meals at proper times

Just like how our bodies have their own circadian rhythm, our microflora have theirs too. If your mealtimes are all over the place, your gut bacteria will have a hard time optimising digestion and nutrient absorption. As a result, both you and your gut will not be able to get the nourishment it needs to function at peak efficiency.


5. Manage your stress

Stress can produce a number of negative side effects on our bodies, and reducing gut health is one of the worst ones. As a result, your immune system can weaken and you may experience symptoms like indigestion more frequently. To keep your gut healthy, strive to keep yourself as stress-free and happy as possible.


6. Take probiotic supplements

Having a quality probiotic supplement can make it easier for your to get your microbiome count back to optimal levels. Ensure that the supplements are good quality (minimum of five billion CFU in a slow-digesting pill or in liquid form) and be regular in taking them. You can consult a pharmacist or even read reviews online regarding their efficacy. They don’t need to be a lifetime thing either – you can start to wean yourself off them once your gut health is restored.


Keeping the gut and its bacteria happy and healthy can in turn keep us happy and healthy as well. The fact that that there are a multitude of ways for one to achieve this besides consuming yoghurt is great news, especially for those of us who aren’t so inclined towards dairy. Good news for the cows too!