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What Is Live Bacteria?

October 08, 2015

Live Beneficial Bacteria Take Up Residence In Our Body From The Day We Are Born

What's your gut feeling?The trillions of microflora that can be found in the human gastrointestinal tract play an essential role in supporting and maintaining strong immune and digestive systems, so having the optimum balance of these beneficial bacteria is important. A number of factors can compromise this balance, including antibiotic therapy, infection, stress, travel or a period of unhealthy nutrition or lifestyle. An effective solution is to supplement the microflora by taking a multi-strain live bacteria supplement to restore the balance. There are trillions of live beneficial bacteria in the human gastrointestinal tract, part of what is known as the gut microflora. They play an essential role in supporting and maintaining strong immune and digestive systems. Conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Antibiotic Associated Diarrhoea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diarrhoea and Traveller's Diarrhoea, Atopic Dermatitis, Autism, and Leaky Gut Syndrome can all be caused by an imbalance of bacteria, known as dysbiosis so it's important to have the optimum balance of these live beneficial bacteria. Bio-Kult is the original unique multi-strain live bacteria supplement, specifically formulated for everyday use, presented in an easy to take capsule form.

Digestive Upsets Whilst Taking Antibiotics

It's quite common to suffer from digestive upset when you're taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can strip away both good and bad bacteria, resulting in a gut dysbiosis, or microflora imbalance, of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and can therefore act as an immune suppressor. There are over 500 different species of microorganism residing the GI tract1. When antibiotics are administered, a proportion of the beneficial microorganisms resident in the gut become disrupted. The consequent reduction in colonisation and disease resistance is manifested by an increased vulnerability to pathogenic bacteria colonisation of the gut, which leads to dysbiosis and often an increased risk of developing an intestinal infection; the main symptom being diarrhoea. In a randomised controlled trial of a probiotic mixture given to prevent AAD, the rate of AAD was similar during antibiotic treatment (6.2% probiotic versus 8.1% control), but cases of delayed-onset AAD post-antibiotic treatment were significantly fewer in the probiotic group (5.7%) compared to the control group (27.5%)2. Bio-Kult is a unique live bacteria supplement with 14 strains of live bacteria. We recommend that Bio-Kult should be taken at the same time as antibiotic therapy (although at least 2 hours apart) and continued for 2-4 weeks after completion of the antibiotic course at a dose of 4 live bacteria capsules a day.  

Holiday Illness and Upset Stomach

Even for those exploring some of our natural beauty spots in the UK, the stress of packing for the family and making sure everything is left organised at home can imbalance the sensitive gut flora. The change to normal dietary routine and local water and other fluid intake can also alter the balance of our gut flora and affect bowel movements. The gut flora has a huge impact on the functioning of our digestive and immune systems. Depending on your holiday destination, there is a 5-50% chance that you could experience a bout of travellers diarrhoea1. Especially when abroad, local strains of bacteria will be new to the body and therefore, may cause some gut disturbance compared to those microbes we are familiar with at home2. Since childhood we have built up a team of antibodies waiting ready to fight common invaders but are not ready for unknown foreign bugs. Live bacteria are being used successfully as a travellers diarrhoea remedy and tested in studies to support healthy digestive and immune systems at these times. A review of all 940 studies between 1977 to 2005, concluded that live bacteria was able to significantly prevent travellers diarrhoea with no serious adverse reactions1. One study looked at a group of tourists visiting Turkey where travellers diarrhoea affected 40% of the tourists compared to only 24% of those who took a lactobacillus containing live bacteria food supplement1,2. A multi-strain probiotic containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum was shown to be particularly beneficial1. Bio-Kult is a unique live bacteria food supplement with 14 strains of live bacteria. We recommend taking Bio-Kult capsules as a travellers diarrhoea remedy two weeks before, during and two weeks after your holiday to assist with travellers diarrhoea. [shopify product=]  

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