Probiotics are live microorganisms that restores the gut flora. Make friends with probiotics for a healthy gut. These friendly bacteria are also helpful for a good immune system.

What are the two diseases in kids that worries a mom? High fever and diarrhoea. Not to mention, sometimes I worry about the pro-longed running noses and coughs too. If you are someone who likes to keep babies away from anti-biotics then you must be the one who looks for natural alternatives to strong medicines. While we shun all the bacteria and germs from our lives, little do we realize some bacteria are actually good for our immune system.  Did you know some of the medicines that paediatricians recommend for diarrhoea contain probiotics, or the good bacteria? Make friends with probiotics for a healthy gut life and a good immune system.

make friends with probiotics

But first, what are probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms, or the good bacteria, that helps to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. Illness like diarrhoea, digestive issues, allergies, depression and even obesity can lead to an imbalance in the gut bacteria with a rise of the bad bacteria. Probiotics when taken in adequate quantity helps in restoring this imbalance by introducing good bacteria.

Which are the probiotics for a healthy gut?

There are many variants of bacteria that are classified as probiotics and you should read the labels while buying products that contain probiotics.

Lactobacillus – Found in yogurt and fermented foods this probiotic strain helps in controlling diarrhea.

Bifidobacterium – Found in dairy products, it helps if you are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and improving the intestinal micro flora.

How to consume probiotics for a heathy gut and good immune system?

There are several food products available in the market that comes with probiotics. You can directly consume them.

  1. Yogurt
  2. Buttermilk
  3. Fermented Cheese like Gouda, Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan
  4. Fermented vegetable products like – miso, sauerkraut, pickles
  5. Infant formula with probiotics
  6. Health drinks and juices fortified with probiotics
  7. Chocolate and ice creams
  8. Nutrition bars
  9. Dietary Supplements
  10. Idly and dosa (the fermented batter contains traces of probiotics)

food that contain probiotics

How much of this “good bacteria” is good for you?

A probiotic must contribute at least 1 billion colony forming units (CFU), and a typical dosage is between 1 and 10 billion CFU daily for adults and 6 Billion CFU for kids aged above two.

DuPont Bloggers Meet

DuPont™ Danisco® are pioneers in in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition with years of research and expertise in pharmaceutical, food and beverage and dietary supplement industries. At a recent bloggers meet, I caught some insightful sessions on probiotics by leading experts. Let me share some key takeaways on how to make probiotics a daily routine in your life, from the experts.

Is it safe to give probiotics to new born babies?

Many infant formulae are fortified with probiotics to help in lining of the gut with good bacteria. It is absolutely safe to give probiotics to new born babies.

Is probiotics good only for gut health?

“Gut bacteria microbes is a complex part of gastrointestinal system. It is not the digestive health that reaps benefit from probiotics, they are beneficial for good liver and kidney health”, Dr. Anders Henriksson, Principal Application Specialist, DuPont Nutrition and Health.

He shared a few studies where to was found regular consumption of probiotics in babies also helped in skin allergies like eczema.

Probiotics contribute to healthy digestive system in turn boosting the immune system.

probiotics perspective

How to choose a probiotic product?

Read the labels of products to check

  1. Strains listed in ingredients
  2. Listing of health benefits
  3. Claims backed by research
  4. Guarantee of dose at time of consumption

“It is important to check the dates on packages. To be effective, the probiotic should be live when you take it”, said Dr. Priyanka Rohatgi, Chief Clinical Nutritionist and HOD Dept. of Nutrition and Dietetics.

how to select probiotics product

Eating fermented food like idly daily, do you still need probiotics?

Fermented food like idly and dosa contains probiotics and it’s a good practise. But the amount of probiotics is not enough for daily dosage. It’s better you are aware of the dose of probiotics you are adding in your daily routine from different sources.

Any side effects of probiotics?

Probiotics are safe and there’s no such thing called over dosage of probiotics that will lead to health complications. The amount that is required is used up by the body and the excess is flushed out.

DuPont HOWARU Advantage

Efficacious strains of probiotics are not always present in all commercial yogurt of or fermented milk. Probiotics can be taken in the form of health supplements to ensure you are getting the correct dosage. DuPont HOWARU range of premium probiotics are scientifically proven to help keep the digestive system running smoothly and to support the body’s immune system.

Their strains are added in many products worldwide. The series of products consists of

  • HOWARU Protect Earlylife,
  • HOWARU Protect Kids,
  • HOWARU Protect  Adult,
  • HOWARU Protect  Senior and HOWARU Protect  Sport,
  • HOWARU Shape,
  • HOWARU Balance,
  • HOWARU Restore, HOWARU Transit or HOWARU Dophilus

 – all available as ready-to-market products or in concentrate form.

dupont howaru probiotic drink mix

This was a very insightful session I visited on probiotics. The probiotics scenario in India is pretty new whereas worldwide it is very popular. I happen to give probiotics to my son daily as a routine for a stronger immune system. And now you know too why you should make friends with probiotics for a healthy gut and stronger immune system in your kids and your family.

how to choose probiotics


35 Comments on Why you should make friends with Probiotics for a healthy gut

  1. Princy
    December 22, 2018 at 2:54 pm (3 months ago)

    very informative. most of us only relate to probiotics with just curd. this session was an eye-opener.

  2. Amrita
    December 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm (3 months ago)

    I am a big probiotic fan girl. I think it’s a great way to be healthy easily.

    • tinabasu
      December 26, 2018 at 9:37 am (3 months ago)

      Yes. Bluey has been taking probiotics in formula since birth.

  3. Deborah Miranda
    December 22, 2018 at 9:09 pm (3 months ago)

    Have recently increased my intake of probiotics and feel it has really made a difference on my overall health.

    • tinabasu
      December 26, 2018 at 9:38 am (3 months ago)

      That’s so good to hear Deborah. Thanks for visiting.

  4. Anubhuti Seth
    December 23, 2018 at 11:33 am (3 months ago)

    We use it regularly and they are really good for infact everybody in the family. Highly recommended.

  5. Neha Jain
    December 25, 2018 at 12:10 am (3 months ago)

    This was a really nice and informative session , learned more about probiotics and how it is helpful to our body

  6. Nimmy
    December 25, 2018 at 10:42 am (3 months ago)

    Never heard of this trmerm “probiotics” in my entire life!! Very informative post.

  7. Snehalata Jain
    December 27, 2018 at 2:38 pm (3 months ago)

    Probiotics is such an healthy option to include in our diet.You post will definitely help those who were not aware of it’s benefits yet.

  8. Noorain
    December 28, 2018 at 4:39 pm (3 months ago)

    I, was a part of the same and found this to be a very insightful session. It was really good to hear Dr. Henriksson give us an insightful perspective of the science behind it all

  9. Anahita irani
    December 28, 2018 at 9:37 pm (3 months ago)

    I seriously need to include probiotics in my diet. Thanks for such an informative post.

  10. sapna
    December 28, 2018 at 10:13 pm (3 months ago)

    probiotics are really important for day to day health..thanks for such a detailed post.

  11. Snehalata Jain
    December 28, 2018 at 11:08 pm (3 months ago)

    Probiotics are really important for our gut, and also for good health

  12. Ruchi Verma
    December 29, 2018 at 12:02 am (3 months ago)

    I have recently added in meal of my family and trust me I feel I would have done this earlier

  13. Pooja Budhiraja
    December 29, 2018 at 1:37 am (3 months ago)

    Great information about probiotics. Its important to include in daily meal to prevent health issues

  14. Preety Tiwari
    December 29, 2018 at 7:54 am (3 months ago)

    Probiotics are must for every age of people. I also attended Dupont happened in Delhi and it was an insightful session. Thanks for sharing this details

  15. Pragnya Mishra
    December 29, 2018 at 8:35 am (3 months ago)

    Each time I come across Probiotics post, there is so much information. Thanks for sharing this detailed post.

  16. Shilpa Bindlish
    December 29, 2018 at 8:37 am (3 months ago)

    I recently opted for some probiotics supplements in my routine. Your write up is quite informative to understand how it helps.

  17. jaideep khanduja
    December 29, 2018 at 10:20 am (3 months ago)

    nice one. i think the best time to take is morning empty stomach.

  18. Amrit kaur
    December 29, 2018 at 11:47 am (3 months ago)

    Probiotics are necessary to have a healthy stomach. I have had them and felt good change.

  19. Milan
    December 29, 2018 at 6:56 pm (3 months ago)

    Probiotics are must to maintain healthy gut, glad to know about the products from DuPont HOWARU.

  20. Princy
    December 30, 2018 at 11:17 pm (3 months ago)

    this was a wonderful event and i was surprised at many new facts that we got to learn on that day. have implemented this in my diet

  21. Anita
    December 31, 2018 at 11:01 am (3 months ago)

    Probiotics are great for good health if it’s the right type. Glad you shared this.

  22. Sayeri
    December 31, 2018 at 11:59 am (3 months ago)

    I knew that probiotics are imp for us and we should add this in our diet plan. But I had no idea, which foods we can eat for that. Thanks a lot for sharing the list.

  23. Roma
    December 31, 2018 at 1:53 pm (3 months ago)

    Yet another informative post my dear. Thank you for enlisting the powerful option list.

  24. Snigdha Prusti
    December 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm (3 months ago)

    Probiotics are very important for our body to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The event was a much need to get detailed information on probiotics.

  25. Kinshoo
    January 6, 2019 at 1:45 am (2 months ago)

    Haven’t tried fermented vegetable products other than carrot, olive and cucumber pickles. Thanks for the information.
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