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Build your Immunity by including a Probiotic Food as a part of the Daily Diet

Updated on:22 September 2021, 10:02am IST
In Covid-19 times, it’s best to be geared up with a strong immune system. Get down to work on it, and don’t forget to add probiotic foods.
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A strong immune system is your natural defense against virus and infections. Image courtesy: Yakult
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We have all been talking about Immunity, especially during this pandemic. A strong immune system has kept us protected, while those who had a weak immune system succumbed to the disease. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Public Health Agency of the US, people with a weak immune system suffered from very severe illness.

Not only that, recurrent cold and flu, sniffles during the winter months, allergies, asthma or infections are all because of a weak immune system. Therefore, it is important to take care of our immunity, not only when we are sick or during the winter months, but all year long. Taking care of your intestine, which is home to about 70% of the body’s immune system,and including a probiotic food as a part of the diet, is one way of ensuring a strong immune system.

What are the causes of low immunity?

There are many factors in our lifestyle today, which are responsible for weak immunity. Unbalanced diet, lack of sleep and exercise, stress, pollution and aging, all make our immunity weak. It is very important to improve our lifestyle and include foods such as probiotic fermented milk drinks to help build our immunity.

What are some signs of low immunity?
Given how critical immunity is to help your body battle infection, it is important to
know signs and symptoms of a weak immune system. Prevention is better than cure,remember?

  • High level of stress: We all know that prolonged stress disturbs our sleep pattern, causes weight gain and results in an imbalance in the hormones of the body. All these factors result in a weak immune system and reduce the body’s strength to fight infection.
  • Frequent infections: If ear, nose, throat infections and antibiotics are a way of life for you, it’s a warning sign to concentrate on boosting your immune system. Your body should be capable of handling these health hazards with its natural antibodies.
  • Prone to falling sick: A weak immune system can cause frequent illness and is also responsible for slow recovery from infections.
  • Fatigue: Weak immune system can translate into a sluggish attitude despite having adequate sleep. You may end up feeling exhausted and low on energy even without doing much.

Watch out for these signs!

Now that we know about it, why not safeguard ourselves and our family members as much as we can, ladies?

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Cold and cough occur easily when you’re low on immunity. Image courtesy: Yakult
Probiotics and Immunity

Nutrition and diet experts have emphasized on different foods for building immunity like including a rainbow diet with different colored vegetables and fruits which are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Along with these, Probiotics also have a very promising effect.

An interesting study was conducted on athletes (men and women) with weak immunity, at Loughborough University (UK). The study showed that daily consumption of LcS fermented milk drink (Yakult) for 16 weeks helped them to improve their immunity and reduced the incidence of respiratory infection by 50%.

Yakult’s exclusive Probiotic strain is known as LcS (Lactobacillus casei strain
Shirota).

The study noted an increase in an important immune parameter, Salivary IgA, on
consumption of the probiotic fermented milk drink. Salivary IgA is our first line of
defense against viruses and other infections.

About probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are useful for all age groups and improve not just gut health, but also help you gain a greater level of wellness and shield you from invading bacteria and viruses. These living microorganisms provide a range of health benefits for your gut and live in synergy with the other helpful bacteria. Probiotics also reduce the number of harmful bacteria and decrease toxins in the intestine.

A 2015 article in the EPMA Journal concedes that probiotic bacteria show great
potential for medical application in general and particularly for personalized, preventive medicine.

That makes it important to consume beneficial bacteria naturally, through foods loaded with probiotics

Know more about Yakult products and their benefits to increase immunity
on Yakult.co.in.

Disclaimer: Yakult is probiotic fermented milk (food item) and not for medicinal use. This content is based on information provided by Yakult. We take no guarantee of the claimed result or impact of consuming fermented milk.

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As a pioneer in probiotics, Yakult has formidable research capabilities and technological advances in the field of probiotics. It is backed by more than 80 years of research, and more than 100 human studies have been conducted in the world including India, on Yakult’s probiotic bacteria, Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) . The studies have indicated that regular consumption of Yakult helps improve digestion and helps build immunity.