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How Probiotics Help With Antibiotics

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed drugs that inhibit or kill the growth of micro-organisms in the body. They are used either:

  1. as a primary intervention to treat bacterial infection or
  2. to prevent infection (following surgery, for instance).
While antibiotics are highly effective, they can also lead to a number of unpleasant side effects. One of these side effects is the death of a large amount of 'good' bacteria, causing a bacterial imbalance in your gut. This, in turn,  causes several common anti-biotic side effects such as diarrhoea and nausea. Other side effects also include intestinal discomfort and flatulence. This is simply because, along with killing harmful bacteria (as was intended), antibiotics also destroy many of the important, beneficial micro-organisms that make up the intestinal flora and help digestion and good health.

How do Probiotics Help?

Taking a probiotic (a supplement of food that contains more of this 'good bacteria') can help to restore the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut that is often affected by antibiotics. This additional 'good' bacteria helps a number of digestive and immune functions in our body, and importantly prevents the proliferation of 'bad' bacteria which can make us sick. As such, taking a probiotic can work to either minimise the severity of, or totally negate, the unpleasant side effects of taking antibiotics. A healthy balance of “good” bacteria is important for maintaining everyday health, digestive health and immunity and probiotics help you achieve this.

Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis in particular have been shown to be effective in preventing antibiotic-associated imbalances. In a double-blind controlled study, patients who received both antibiotics and Lactobacillus did not develop diarrhoea. This result is particularly important for elderly and immune-compromised people.

If you are taking a course of antibiotics, taking a probiotic during and for several weeks after can help to replenish gut flora balance. It is recommended that probiotics are taken at least two hours from antibiotics, within 30 minutes of eating or as recommended by your healthcare professional.

Want to know more about probiotics and immunity? Check out our range of digestion and probiotic products.

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This article was provided by our friends at health365. For mroe information on the benefits of probiotics, visit Health365.com.au.

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3 Superfoods For Men's Health

You may scoff at the term 'superfoods', but believe us when we say there are a small handful of real  'superfoods' that do exist. These are foods that contain a wide range of key nutrients, and contain them at levels far above those found in 'normal' food. This means these superfoods make it easier to get the nutritional support you need to get through your day. Some of these superfoods - when taken over time - may help support a range of benefits for men's health issues, from supporting libido and sperm count to prostate and heart health. Read on for our top 3 list of Superfoods for men's health.  

 3 Superfoods For Men's Health

 

1. Maca

Known as the "Peruvian ginseng", Maca has been traditionally used for thousands of years in Peru and across South America to support energy and - famously - to boost libido and fertility. Preliminary studies out of Peru suggest it may increase sperm count and sperm motility, although it should be noted that further research is required to consolidate these early findings. Fellas, try our recipe for Maca Guacamole, which contains Maca and other key nutrients for supporting men's energy and libido.  

2. Chia Seeds and/or Salmon

Whilst the two foods are very different, both chia seeds and salmon contain large concentrations of one very important nutrient for men's health: Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have a variety of benefits, not the least of which is increased protection against heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and stroke. Heart disease is the leading killer of men in Australia, and men are much more likely to develop heart disease than women. As such, men should be considering adjusting their diet to avoid these preventable diseases. Both salmon and chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help support a healthy heart. Furthermore, chia seeds are very high in dietary fibre, which can help with weight management and managing blood sugar levels. Guys, try our Chia-Crusted Salmon recipe. It combines both chia seeds and salmon for a super-sized serve of omega-3s to help protect your heart.  

3. Acai

Preliminary studies suggest that one way of increasing your sperm count is to decrease the number of free radicals in your body by increasing your antioxidant intake. Free radicals are unstable molecules that exist in our body that damage cells and can lead to inflammation, disease and reduced efficiency. Increasing your intake of antioxidants fights these molecules and increases overall health and - perhaps - sperm quality. Whilst most fruit and vegetables have some antioxidant content, Acai is one of the richest known sources of antioxidants on the planet. Gents, try our Acai Berry Breakfast Bowl recipe. It's packed with acai and other nutrients to protect your heart, brain, overall health and your little swimmers. ------ This article was brought to you by our online health partner Health365. To buy superfoods online, visit www.health365.com.au.
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