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Which Probiotic should you use?
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Which Probiotic should you use?

Not all probiotics are created equal.... different 'strains' of probiotics deliver different benefits. Thus, different probiotic supplements can be effective at treating very different conditions. This can make choosing a probiotic supplement confusing. To help clear up some of the confusion, we've made it simple. Read on to find out: which probiotic should you use?  

Which probiotic should you use?

The below strains of bacteria have been shown to be beneficial in these particular instances:

 CONDITION   PROBIOTIC STRAIN   YOU SHOULD TRY: 
Diarrhoea Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum Restore Bowel and Colon
Constipation Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum Restore Bowel and Colon
Medically Diagnosed IBS Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum Restore Bowel and Colon
Lactose Intolerance Lactobacillus acidophilus Restore Daily 
Antibiotic Side Effects Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis Restore 30 Billion or Restore Daily Probiotic Choc Balls
Boost Immunity Howaru Bifido Restore 30 Billion
 

More Tips On Choosing a Probiotic

Choose a probiotic supplement that best suits your needs and your particular diagnosis or health condition at any given time. Simply look for the appropriate strains on the product label, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for assistance. Also keep these helpful tips in mind: 1. Check the Expiry Date. Probiotics are living organisms and probiotic supplements' strength can be reduced after sitting on a shelf for a long time. Look for a probiotic supplement that has a longer shelf life / is fresher. 2. Check that the probiotic comes with some kind of prebiotic, such as inulin. A prebiotic provides “food” for the bacteria in the probiotic supplement. This helps to maximise the amount of beneficial bacteria that survive the journey to the intestine. 3. Lastly, always read the label and keep in mind that if symptoms persist, it’s important to consult a doctor. References: - Sullivan, A., Barkholt., & Nord C.E. (2003) Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus F19 prevent antibiotic-associated ecological disturbances of Bacteroides fragilis in the intestine. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 52 (2). - Isolauri, E., Sutas,Y., Kankaanpaa, P., Arvilommi, H., & Salminen, S. (2009) Probiotics: effects on immunity. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. - Gill, H.S., Rutherfurd, K.J., & Cross, M.L. (2001) Dietary probiotic supplementation enhances natural killer cell activity in the elderly: an investigation of age-related immunological changes. Journal of Clinical Immunology. (21). - Dupont, H.L. (2014) Review article: evidence for the role of gut microbiota in irritable bowel syndrome and its potential influence on therapeutic targets. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. To learn more about the health benefits of probiotics, visit www.health365.com.au.
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Risk Factors for Heart Disease
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Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading underlying cause of death in Australia. Whilst some of the risk factors of heart disease are outside your control (age, gender, family history), many others are controllable. In order to help understand your personal risk of heart disease, it is useful to know whether you are exposing yourself to some of the leading risk factors for heart disease. NOTE: If you have heart disease or have serious concerns about your heart, your first step should be to see your health professional for a full health assessment and personalised diagnosis.

Risk Factors For Heart Disease

 

1. High Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol  is actually a fatty substance that your body needs for a number of functions such as digestion, vitamin D synthesis and making hormones. There are 2 types of cholesterol: 'good' cholesterol (HDL) and 'bad' cholesterol (LDL). High levels of 'bad' cholesterol can lead to narrowing arteries... As your levels of LDL cholesterol levels increase, so do your chances of heart disease. Diets high in processed foods including foods rich in saturated fats, salt and processed sugars increase LDL cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, talk to your doctor for a plan on reducing your bad cholesterol levels. Krill Oil may be effective at helping some people manage healthy cholesterol balance when used in conjunction with healthy diet, lifestyle changes and regular physical activity.

2. High Blood Pressure

As with cholesterol, you should talk to your doctor to work out an individualised plan for managing high blood pressure. It can be managed in many cases through diet, exercise and weight management. Medications may also be required.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes can significantly damage the heart if not managed correctly. In many cases, diabetes can be controlled through diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Medications may be necessary. Again, your first step should be to talk to your doctor to create a plan for managing diabetes.

4. Sedentary Lifestyle

Numerous studies have shown that people who live inactive lifestyles have a significantly increased risk of heart disease. If you already have concerns about your heart health, talk to your doctor about appropriate exercises. Otherwise, aim to get 30 minutes a day at an intensity that is appropriate for your level of fitness.

5. Diet

It should be no surprise that diet is included here, as diet is a risk factor for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, all of which we have already covered. Avoid processed foods that are high in salt, sugar and saturated fat. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Finally, try to eat more of these 5 Superfoods for a healthy heart.

6. Quit Smoking

This should not be a surprise either. Heart disease is just one of hundreds of diseases and health problems cigarette smoke can cause.   ------ This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on heart health, visit www.health365.com.au.
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