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Benefits And Uses of Probiotics
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Benefits And Uses of Probiotics

Probiotics perform a wide range of functions important for maintaining good health. They can be particularly helpful in supporting digestive health. Probiotic supplements can be taken preventatively and are also often used to treat gastrointestinal problems.

So how do you know if you might benefit from a probiotic supplement? Signs of intestinal imbalance include bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation and fungal overgrowth. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of probiotics and which conditions probiotics might be effective at helping treat.

 

1. Probiotics and Constipation

Constipation can be commonly treated with probiotics. Probiotics are specifically helpful in situations where constipation is caused by the improper or incomplete digestion of food. Such constipation is usually the result of imbalances in intestinal flora, and a probiotic supplement can help restore the imbalance. In this way, a probiotic may allow you to regain the ability to properly digest food.

 

2. Probiotics and Diarrhoea

At the other end of the scale, probiotics are also often indicated in the treatment of diarrhoea. Here they perform a dual role: firstly, a probiotic supplement can ensure that the gut flora remains healthy and well-balanced. This could speed up the return to normal defecation. Secondly, serious diarrhoea can cause the gut flora to become depleted, which can slow recovery. Supplementation of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus Plantarum seems to be particularly useful in treating diarrhoea. Traditionally, the Plantarum strain was administered alone, but modern best practice includes both Lactobacillus Plantarum and Lactobacillus Acidophilus for increased efficacy.

 

3. Probiotics for Gas & Bloating

Gas and bloating can often occur due to the improper digestion of foods in the stomach and intestine, and due to an overgrowth of a number of bacteria or a change in the type of bacteria in the small intestine. These bacteria often produce excess gas. Probiotics have been scientifically and clinically proven to improve intestinal health by promoting a healthy balance of good bacteria, and thereby reducing the harmful bacteria that produces gas and leads to bloating. To help reduce symptoms, ensure that Bifidobacterium strains are dominant in the human colon, as these are one of the most predominant cultures of ‘good’ bacteria that are found naturally. Lactobacillus acidophilis and Bifidobacterium lactis have extensive research individually and in combination in helping to improve intestinal health and digestive health (Liong 2007, Kopp 2001, Sinn D 2008).

 

4. Probiotics and Immune Support

The gastrointestinal tract functions as a barrier and immune system modulator. It is accepted that probiotics may directly or indirectly influence the host’s immune system. Recent studies show that probiotic strain B. Lactis enhances natural immune function by promoting the normalization of increased intestinal permeability, improving altered gut microecology, improvement of the immunologic barrier and alleviation of intestinal inflammatory responses, which produce a gut-stabilizing effect. Specific clinical trials using the combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp lactis show an effect on the faecal microbiota as well as improvements in immunological parameters in healthy adults. They are able to modulate unspecific cellular immune responses by increasing phagocytic (white blood cell) activity (Liong 2007, Isolauri 2001, Klein 2008).

 

5. Probiotics and Lactose Intolerance

Probiotics have also been shown to be effective in helping people with lactose intolerance minimise their symptoms. Lactobacillus acidophilus in particular has been shown to be greatly effective in boosting levels of the lactose-digesting enzyme, lactase, in the gastrointestinal tract. Bloating, cramping, flatulence and diarrhoea can cause substantial discomfort to those with lactose intolerance, forcing them to adopt restricted diets. There is currently no cure for lactose intolerance, but certain treatments are available to improve individuals’ tolerance of lactose. Probiotics are increasingly recommended as a method to help people with lactose intolerance better digest lactose.

Which Probiotic Should You Use?

Use our Probiotic cheat sheet to help you work out which probiotic is best for you.

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This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on nutrition and digestive health, visit www.health365.com.au.

How Probiotics Help With Antibiotics
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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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How Probiotics Can Improve Immunity
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How Probiotics Can Improve Immunity

Probiotics are beneficial for immunity due to a number of reasons. Firstly, probiotics help to rebalance the gut in favour of ‘good’ bacteria so that harmful bacteria are outnumbered.

Secondly, certain types of gut bacteria are involved in functions related to the body’s immune system. Researchers from Harvard Medical School have found evidence that certain bacteria aid in T-cell production, and correcting mineral and nutrient deficiencies.

Thirdly, healthy good bacteria also works to produce a barrier between food and the internal tissues of the body. Were this boundary to lie unprotected, the potential for illness is substantial due to potentially harmful micro-organisms found in food. A deficiency in certain beneficial bacteria could weaken this defence mechanism and, on occasion, allow for infection. A probiotic supplement could help to maintain the levels of good bacteria necessary to ensure that this barrier remains effective, and thus minimise the chance of illness. Your digestive tract contains 70% of your body’s immune system and is the largest source of toxins in the body due to its exposure to the food we eat and the air we breathe. Therefore to help support your immunity, it’s important to look after your digestive health, and one of the best ways to do that is to keep it balanced.   Want to know more about probiotics? Check out our range of probiotic and digestion products. ------ This article was provided by our online partner Health365. For more information on why you might benefit from natural probiotics, visit www.health365.com.au.
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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