Going Pro: The Pros of Probiotics

Going Pro: The Pros of Probiotics

“Probiotics are the good bacteria that live in our gut,” explains Dr. Shekhar Challa. “Did you know we have 100 trillion bacteria in our colon, including over 1,000 different types with most of them being beneficial.” Read more here.. www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201401#pg66

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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 & Autism

Do you know someone with autism?  You probably answered yes to this question because the number of children with autism in the United States continues to rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 in 88 American children has autism, when a decade ago the estimate was about 1 in every 150 children.  This is a 78% increase over 10 years.

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Moises Valsquez-Monoff, author of a recent editorial in the New York Times says it all has to do with inflammation and the immune system during pregnancy. While the woman is pregnant, inflammatory antibodies which are designed to fight off invading organisms, seem to damage the babies’ brain development in a way that leads to behavioral problems that are consistent with autism.

In today’s world, our immune systems have come unhinged, which has given rise to high rates of autoimmune diseases and allergies that are linked to autism. There has been growing interest in the use of probiotics as a natural way to restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Studies have shown parents of autistic children reporting vast improvements in behavior with the use of probiotic supplements. Adding probiotics to their diet improves their digestion which then may improve behavior. 

For more information about Probiotics & Autism visit: http://www.livestrong.com/article/506184-probiotics-and-autism/

 

Note: contact your pediatrician or family physician before giving your child probiotic supplements.

 

Always Go With Your Gut,

The Probulin Team

Happy holidays from the Probulin Team!

It’s a wonderful time of the year! Friends, family, all the holiday gatherings filled with laughter and joy. It’s also a little crazy – at least around here. Baking and gift-buying, and then wrapping those piles of presents.

Remember to take your probiotics and prebiotics during this hectic time. One of the first places we feel stress is in our guts. Even when you’re having fun during the holidays, just being so busy adds stress and on top of that, you’re probably eating a little more than you usually do. (Kudos out there to those who AREN’T eating more during the holidays. Add a comment and tell us how you resist all those sugar cookies, fudge and decadent desserts.)

All of these things combined together are bound to affect the balance of bacteria in your digestive system. Get this, in a study published in the Los Angeles Times in August (click HERE to read the article)  ), an international research group found that mice who took drinks spiked with Lactobacillus rhamnosus (JB-1) were less anxious and stressed than the control group.

Most of you already know from your own experiences that when you get stressed, a stomach ache often follows. Doesn’t it make sense to keep that bacteria in balance as you face these crazy, fun holiday times?

Wishing you lots of joy and laughter to offset the busy-ness!

Go with  your gut,

The Probulin Team

Ulcers: Probiotic research in its early stages

Ulcers are open sores that are pretty commonly found in the stomach or first part of the small intestine. In most people, they’re caused by theHelicobacter pylori bacteria, although they can occur because of other reasons.

While probiotic research is in its infancy on this subject, studies have shown that probiotics decrease the number of H. pylori bacteria in the stomach. The usual treatment for ulcers is antibiotics and other studies found that if probiotics are taken along with antibiotics, the chance of getting rid of the H. pylori are higher.

Researchers in Spain successfully tested various strains of Bifidobacteria in treating H. pylori. You can read about that HERE

This is why it’s so exciting about the probiotics medical field! Every day new research comes out showing how this good bacteria affects our bodies and helps many health problems. The potential is tremendous! And what’s terrific is that you can be proactive while you’re waiting on the evidence-based research to solidify. Most of us (and be sure to check with your doctor if you have a medical condition) can take probiotics now and start getting the good effects, even as the medical world continues to discover MORE good effects.

Talk about a win-win. Certainly a better gamble than the stock market these days. . .

 

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team

The Brain-Gut Connection

A terrific article in Scientific American recently highlighted the strong connection scientists are finding between the bacteria in your gut and brain development. What they’re discovering is that varying problems with gut flora can cause brain and neurological issues. They’re even finding connections between what bacteria are in your gut and autoimmune issues.

The article said, “In autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, there are reports that the specific bacterial species present in the gust are altered and that gastrointestinal problems exacerbate behavioral symptoms. A newly developed biochemical test for autism is based, in part, upon the end products of bacterial metabolism.”

It’s exciting to see the advances being made as we begin to understand how the bacteria in our body affects us. Be sure to check out the entire article at Scientific American!

Go with your gut,

The Probulin Team