Probiotic Foods & Supplements : The Good Bacteria for Your Tummy

Frankly speaking, I had heard of the term “Probiotic” however, I never really understood the benefits of probiotic food & supplements for our gut health, till I attended the DuPont Health & Nutrition’s Bloggers Meet on Probiotics around the second week of December.

What does Probiotic mean?

Probiotic literally means ‘for life’. Probiotics are living micro-organisms that, when ingested or applied locally in sufficient numbers, benefit our gut health and in turn overall well being. Once in our intestines, these natural and friendly bacteria help balance our gut microflora and support our immune system.

How often should I consume Probiotics?

Probiotics reside temporarily your intestine and will disappear, along with their health benefits, if not taken regularly. A daily regular dose of probiotics is highly suggested in order to sustain a healthy intestinal environment.

You don’t need to go overboard with the amount of probiotics you take in though. The daily recommended dosage is 1-40 million bacteria. It should suffice if you take in a regular portion of probiotic food or supplements everyday.

Probiotics foods in India

Yes, sticking to Indian diet, the best source of Probiotics is Yogurt, or curd (dahi), one of the widely available and natural probiotic foods that you can add to your daily diet.

Include a bowl of curd with lunch/dinner every day to maintain healthy intestinal flora. You can eat it standalone, with breakfast cereal or even can top it up with antioxidant-rich fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and apples.

If you don’t like or prefer eating curd, your second best option is buttermilk.  However, stick to traditionally made buttermilk, which is leftover liquid from making butter.

Do I need Probiotic Supplements?

Yes, if you are either lactose intolerant or do not particularly fancy curd/buttermilk (especially during the cold months).

If your gut cannot handle milk or milk products, you wouldn’t obviously benefit from any helpful bacteria present in them. Similarly, our gut needs to stay healthy during colder months too. The third reason is, frankly, it is convenient especially if you travel quite a bit.

What is the best Probiotic Supplement?

You need the best for your health and DuPont Nutrition & Health, an internationally acclaimed company does live up to its promise.

If you are in the market searching for Probiotic Supplements, your search stops at DuPont. You get to choose from two lines of products –

  • FloraFIT Probiotics
  • HOWARU Premium Probiotics

FloraFIT Probiotics are used across industry by various companies in products such as beverages, confectionary and dietary supplements.

HOWARU Premium line focuses on specific target areas such as strengthening your immune system (HOWARU® Rhamnosus Probiotics), aiding towards weight loss (HOWARU® Shape), targeting kids and seniors (
HOWARU® Balance Plus & Kids),