Yogurt, acidophilus, sour milk and kefir have a beneficial effect on the digestive organs
The most famous foods that contain bacteria are fermented milk products (yogurt, kefir, sour milk and acidophilus) – the bacteria of which have a beneficial effect on the work of the digestive organs.
To strengthen children’s immunity and prevent allergies, synbiotics are used (which are a combination of probiotics, i.e. useful bacteria and prebiotics, carbohydrates that stimulate their growth and activity). We have over 100 million bacteria in our body, most of which are necessary for a person to be healthy. However, the excessive use of antibiotics disrupts the natural balance of the intestinal flora, which reduces the body’s resistance to infections and increases the risk of asthma and allergic diseases by 4 times. As much as 70% of the defense forces of the human organism are located in the digestive system. That is why in recent years a lot of attention has been devoted to the examination of beneficial bacteria.
Food for good bacteria
If we feed good bacteria, they will be more active in the fight against harmful bacteria that cause more diseases. The terms probiotic and prebiotic are similar, but it is important to know the difference between these terms.
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help the intestines to function normally and prevent the overgrowth of harmful bacteria that cause various diseases.
Prebiotics are not living organisms. These are indigestible carbohydrates that serve as food for selected good bacteria in the large intestine. Along the way, beneficial bacteria secrete by-products that protect the walls of the intestines and have a beneficial effect on numerous physiological functions in the body. This includes dietary fibers and carbohydrates that are not broken down in the upper part of the intestine but reach the large intestine (where most of the bacteria are).
In recent years, the interest of the professional public in this topic has been growing. Numerous scientific findings and studies are already increasing that indicate the positive effects of probiotics and prebiotics in the prevention and treatment of various diseases in children and adults.
Synbiotic preparations (combination of probiotics and prebiotics) are increasingly being used in the world. In the first years of life, the development of the immune system is the most intensive, so it is during this period that the child’s immunity should be strengthened by maintaining the natural balance of the intestinal flora. This reduces the risk of developing allergic diseases.
Yogurt is a source of health
Yogurt has long been a valued product in Asia, Turkey and later in other areas of the world. At the beginning of the 20th century, interest in yogurt arose in Western civilization. Then the Russian-French bacteriologist and The Nobel Prize winner Ilya Mechnikov pointed out the long life expectancy of Bulgarians (who consumed yogurt in large quantities but also other fermented products). The average life expectancy of Bulgarians at that time was about 87 years. Mechnikov was an assistant to the French scientist Louis Pasteur. Even then, Mechnikov claimed that the widespread use of yogurt would have a fantastic positive effect on the health of people around the world.