We Love Probiotics!

We love making our customers lives better & we wanted to share with you some testimonials we have from real patients of Dr. Challa.

I’ve noticed immediate results since I have been taking Probulin for IBS. I’ve tried other products and nothing worked for me. I don’t feel as gassy or bloated anymore.– Ann, age 57

“Your form of probiotic, Probulin, has done tremendous things for me. I went from either having constipation for days to having diarrhea for days. My stomach is no longer bloated and I do not feel sick when I do eat. The biggest reason I know Probulin works for me is because my first bottle ran out, so I had to go one day without, and I got sick. I had very bad diarrhea, also I felt like my stomach was going to burst. As soon as I started your Probulin I instantly got better: no more gas, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, and nausea.” – Megan, age 16

“Before Probulin, I only had a BM once a week. I have been taking Probulin since the middle of June and it has been great. It keeps me extremely regular. Thank you so much.” – Sherri, age 41

“Probulin has reduced the tightness and swelling in my stomach, as well as regulating bowels, so that now I can go out to eat with my friends again. It has balanced my system all-together. I am now taking Probulin regularly.” – Joyce, age 79

Have a Probulin testimonial you’d like to share with us? Please do so, we’d love to hear!

~The Probulin Team 

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Ask Your Doctors Why They Aren’t Giving Probiotics With Antibiotics

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.

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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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Probiotics Help Fight Diarrhea in Kids

If you have a young child, you’ve probably had to cope with bouts of diarrhea. Recently, there have been several studies done concerning probiotics and young children. The latest of these studies has shown a specific strain of probiotic bacteria may reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhea in children.

In Bari, an eastern coastline city in Southern Italy, scientists recruited 74 children between the ages of 6 – 36 months to study the effects of probiotics and rehydration therapy. Compared to the placebo group, the children given the probiotic supplement experienced significant recovery time. When give the probiotic/placebo on days 2 and 3 of diarrhea, children taking the probiotic had the illness an average of 2.1 days as opposed to 3.3 days of the placebo group.

In addition, the relapse of dehydration and diarrhea were only 15% in the group taking the probiotic where the placebo group had 42% relapse.

So what is the specific probiotic strain given to the children? It’s called Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938. In past clinical trials, the parents strain of this DSM 17938 also reduced the time participants had diarrhea. However, with the previous strain, they also were shown to have antibiotic resistance problems. That result prompted the study the of this new DSM 17938 strain which is believed not to have the same resistance issue.

For more in-depth explanation of the studies, please visit: Nutra-Ingredients USA.com

NOTE: Contact your pediatrician or family physician before giving your child probiotic supplements.

Go with your gut,

Probulin Team

Avoid diarrhea despair on your next vacation!

It’s that time of year when many of us, stuck in cold climates with sleet hitting the windows, think of escaping to warm, sunny beaches. It’s also a countdown to summer when we take the kids and explore new countries, eat new foods and generally get away from the house.

But one challenge of traveling overseas is traveler’s diarrhea, which often occurs when we visit other countries. TD is considered three or more stools in a 24-hour time period when you’re traveling outside the U.S. It’s usually associated with cramping, bloating and occasionally nausea, and the source of infection is usually eating or drinking fecal-contaminated food or water. (How many ways can we say UGH online??)

But before you leave for your trip, make sure you’re taking your probiotics. Studies have found that Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus acidophilus are effective in preventing traveler’s diarrhea. Of course, you also have to stay smart – don’t drink local water or eat food you’re unsure of.

I don’t want you stuck in your hotel room when you could be out on the beach. But that’s just my opinion. Now go plan your next summer vacation!

Go with your gut,

Probulin Team

This article was originally posted on DrChalla.com by Dr. Shekhar Challa on Feb 8, 2012. With permission by the author we have reposted it on Probulin.com.

India – Moving Ahead to Recommend Probiotics

The most-studied area where probiotics help you is in your gut – and particularly in preventing diarrhea. We’ve tackled this smelly subject in other blog posts, for example our post titled “It’s An Ugly Subject… But We’re Brave!

An article in an India newspaper talked about all the evidence that probiotics help prevent diarrhea in patients who take antibiotics (remember from our previous blog that antibiotics, in their efforts to kill off the bad bacteria also kill off the good bacteria, which causes the diarrhea and stomach upset). Right now, the article said, it’s rare for doctors to prescribe probiotics as an antidote to antibiotic-induced diarrhea. One Indian doctor, an expert in probiotics, estimates that 1.4 million of the 9 million child deaths in her country in 2008 could be attributed to diarrhea.

Now, the National Institute of Nutrition in India has put together guidelines for probiotics in the country, requiring them to list exactly what’s in the probiotic, to use only evidence-based health claims and other information that we have on our Probulin label like serving size and proper storage.

They’re hoping to encourage doctors to use probiotics more frequently, particularly in treating diarrhea.

It’s nice to have a little control over your health, isn’t it?

 

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team