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Most of us have taken antibiotics at least some time in our lives to get rid of a nasty head cold that turned in a bacterial infection, or as a preventative measure of some sort. Antibiotics kill bacteria, they are great at what they do. But, what they can not do is tell the difference between good and bad bacteria.
Many of the good bacteria in our body (over 100 trillion) are destroyed by antibiotic treatments and therefore must be replenished. The best way to do this is by consuming probiotics, like Probulin, which contain live bacteria to repopulate the gut. Dr. Shekhar Challa, a gastroenterologist from Kansas, recommends taking probiotics with antibiotics. “Always increase your probiotics when taking antibiotics and for one to two weeks after you stop taking the antibiotic to help combat the side-effects.”
Probulin is an ideal probiotic because it contains live bacteria. Probulin includes the patented strain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 which uses proprietary gastric bypass technology which minimizes the “loss” of good bacteria before it reaches the small intestine.
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It’s not uncommon to get diarrhea after taking antibiotics. Most of the time it resolves by itself.
Antibiotics tend to decrease or “wipe out” the good bacteria in your gut allowing the bad bacteria which normally are present in small quantities to proliferate. One such bad bacteria is Clostridium difficile, commonly called C.Diff. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, fever, and bloating. Occasionally the illness is severe enough that it may cause hospitalization and even death.
According to Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies, the incidence of C.Diff is increasing in epidemic proportion over the last decade and so have deaths associated with this deadly disease. In fact it is estimated that 15,000 to 30,000 people die of C.Diff each year in the U.S.
Recently researchers reviewed 20 published randomized trials to see if giving probiotics while on antibiotics decreases the number of patients getting C.Diff and there is clear cut evidence that giving probiotics with antibiotics (for any reason) decreases the incidence of C.Diff in adults and children with no risk of side effects.
In spite of adequate evidence only a few doctors are prescribing probiotics with antibiotics-So the next time you are put on antibiotics for any reason make sure you ask your doctor about probiotics.
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When looking at the words prebiotic and probiotic they look very similar, only containing one different letter. They also have similar benefits as their jobs are to improve overall health by starting with digestive health. According to Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies, and creator of the first Probiotic video game - microwarriorsvideogame.com, probiotics mean “for life.” Probiotics are the good bacteria. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients, like inulin, that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria in the digestive system in ways believed to be beneficial to health and are not consumed by the bad bacteria. Essentially Prebiotics act as food or fuel to Probiotics. Probiotics and Prebiotics worktogether to maintain gut health.
Prebiotic fiber is not affected by heat, cold, acid or time, yet probiotics can be killed by heat, acid or passage of time. Prebiotics nourish the thousands of good bacterial species already living in the colon. Probiotics contain species of bacteria which are added to the colon when ingested.
Probiotics are the beneficial organisms, prebiotics help probiotic bacteria grow and flourish. Prebiotics and probiotics working together are called synbiotics. Now we can understand that prebiotics are the support team to probiotics which maintain our gut health. When Prebiotics and Probiotics are available in the same product it is called a synbiotic. Probulin is a classic example of a synbiotic.
In May 2012 the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that probiotics are associated with a reduction in antibiotic associated diarrhea.
They reviewed 82 randomized clinical trials of patients receiving antibiotics that compared the effects of a probiotic to no treatment, a placebo, or a different probiotic or probiotic dose. There were 63 trials with 11,811 participants. They concluded that the use of probiotics was associated with 42% lower risk of developing diarrhea as a result of antibiotic use compared to not consuming probiotics.
According to Dr. Shekhar Challa’s book Probiotics For Dummies, antibiotics often cause diarrhea because these medications tend to “wipe out” good bacteria, thus allowing bad bacteria (normally present in small quantities and kept under control by the good bacteria) to proliferate. One such “bad” bacterium is Clostridium difficile, commonly called C. diff.
Historically, health care providers have routinely recommended that patients eat yogurt when they take antibiotics, and many doctors now are beginning to prescribe probiotics along with antibiotics. Pediatricians have been among the first to recognize the validity of this practice and have been moving quickly to prescribe the two together.
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According to Dr. Shekhar Challa’s book Probiotics For Dummies eczema is the first sign of allergy in the early days of life and is attributed to the immune system’s delayed development. Eczema causes the skin to become swollen, irritated and itchy. This common inflammatory skin disorder in early childhood sometimes continues into adult life.
Probiotics have been successfully used in treatment of eczema. Bacteria studied include Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. Research studies indicate that if a pregnant woman with eczema takes probiotics during pregnancy, and the newborn is also given probiotics for several months, there is a decreased chance the baby will get eczema.
A study from New Zealand studies the same issue. Mothers continued taking probiotic supplements for up to six months (if they were breastfeeding), while their infants received the supplementation from birth to age two.
The study was a follow-up to a previous one which helped reduce the occurrence of eczema symptoms in children by almost 50 percent when they took the probiotics up to two years of age. The international journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy has shown that this reduction in symptoms continues through four years of age, even though the children stopped taking the probiotic at two years of age.
“Eczema affects millions of children worldwide, with around half the cases being diagnosed before one-year of age,” said Dr. James Dekker, Fonterra Nutrition Senior Research Scientist. “This study adds support to the theory that the placement of beneficial bacterial cultures in the diet, through probiotics, may allow more control over infant conditions such as eczema even after supplementation has ceased,” he says.
Probiotics are successfully helping those with eczema and research on the same subject will continue.
The Probulin Team
According to Dr. Shekhar Challa’s book Probiotics For Dummies Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – also called spastic colon, irritable colon & sensitive gut – is the most common chronic medical condition in the western world. It is estimated that 15-30 million people in the United States have IBS.
How do patients with IBS deal with the symptoms? Doctors believe that managing the bacteria in the colon can help ease patients’ symptoms which may range from abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, etc. A recent study investigates the use of a probiotic treatment to balance the colon bacteria in patients with IBS.
A study conducted in Shanghai, China involved sixty participants with IBS who were randomly assigned to receive a probiotic treatment or a placebo. 37 of the participants took two capsules three times per day, and 23 participants took 200 mg of placebo capsule per day. All participants ingested capsules for a total of four weeks.
Before and after the study, participants completed questionnaires to determine IBS symptoms. Both groups were similar in IBS severity & symptoms, bowel habit, gender & age. Fecal samples were collected from the participants that measured probiotics at the beginning and end of study, while participants in the placebo group submitted a fecal sample only at the beginning of the study.
When the study was complete, a significant difference was seen between the two groups. Frequency of pain, abdominal bloating, and bowel habit satisfaction were all measured. The probiotic group showed an effective rate of 64.86 percent on symptom reduction, whereas the placebo group showed an effective rate of 30.43 percent. This was statistically significant.
This study adds to the existing evidence that Probiotics are beneficial to patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
–The Probulin Team
Are you an athlete? Do you exercise often? Did you know taking daily supplements of a probiotic blend may improve your gut function & may help provide a way of reducing gastrointestinal complaints?
There are a high number of gastrointestinal complaints including nausea, cramps, vomiting and diarrhea by athletes. These symptoms are due to changes in the blood flow because of increased demand from muscles to the heart, which reduces blood in the gut.
An Austrian study focused on the levels of a particular protein called zonulin, which plays a key role in the intestines. The study consisted of 23 men with an average age of 38 who were to receive either the probiotic blend (contained Bifidobacterium bifidum W23, Bifidobacterium lactis W51, Enterococcus faecium W54, Lactobacillus acidophilus W22, Lactobacillus brevis W63, and Lactococcus lactic W58) or placebo for 14 weeks.
Results showed that zonulin levels decreased significantly in the probiotic group compared with placebo. Markers of inflammation tended to be lower in the probiotic group. “The probiotic treatment decreased Zonulin in feces, a marker indicating enhanced gut permeability,” wrote Dr. Lamprecht.
“These results demonstrate promising benefits for probiotic use in athletic men.”
As the cold and flu season creeps upon us we need to start thinking about how we will prevent ourselves from being affected this year. Did you know probiotics may help prevent upper respiratory infections, which include the common cold, and may also improve the response to flu vaccines? Since probiotics are beneficial micro-organisms which affect our health, we should familiarize ourselves with how we can use them to keep ourselves healthy this coming flu season.
A recent study conducted by Dr. Sanguansak Rerksuppaphol, MD showed that probiotics helped to prevent the common cold and its symptoms in children. One group of children received two probiotics – Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum - twice a day. The other group of children received a placebo for three months. Results: fewer children in the probiotics group developed at least one symptom of the cold than in the placebo group. The children who used probiotics had a significant lower risk of runny nose, cough, fever, and school absence due to the cold.
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Always Go With Your Gut,
The Probulin Team