Making sense of Probiotics – Choosing the right one for you

What is a Probiotic?

In a world obsessed with being clean and sterile we can forget that not all bacteria’s are bad for us. As humans we are filled with bacteria and yeast, so much so that they outnumber our own cells 10 to 1.

Modern day life, such as stress, antibiotic use, alcohol and bad eating habits all can cause an imbalance of bacteria in our gut, allowing bad bacteria to thrive, triggering numerous health issues ie Candida. Probiotics are good bacteria, like Lactobacillus and bifodbacteria that sometimes need to be added back into the diet to counteract the imbalance. Probiotics have been proven to improve digestion & gut health, reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies, increase immunity and even boost your mood.

What is a Prebiotic?

Here at Goodness Direct most of our probiotics are known as synbiotics, this is because they include prebiotics. These are natural fibres (ie inulin and oligosaccharids) that effectively nourish the bacteria at various points throughout the colon, allowing the probiotic to thrive.

What types of Probiotics are there?

Lactobacillus – various strains sit in this family, each with their own uses

The family Lactobaccillus has various strains and is the most popular ie Lactobaciilus acidophilus. This genus was one of the first to show resistance to stomach and bile acid and therefore colonise in the gut after frequent use. Lactobaccillus are known to produce B-vitamins and enzymes that aid digestion, boost the immune system and reduce toxic compounds in the gut. Reports show that they also produce a natural antibiotic called aciophilin that inhibits that growth of bad bacteria in the gut!

Saccharomyces boulardii

This is a yeast that is particularly effective with preventing and treating digestive issues, mainly diarrhea, making this is an ideal probiotic to take before and during travelling to places like India, Northern Africa and Asia.  S boulardii  is naturally resistant to antibiotics while also inhibiting bad yeast and bacteria growth such as Candida albicans and E Coli which may flourish after a antibiotic use or after a stomach bug. A course of antibiotics can cause imbalance in your gut for numerous months but taking S. boulardii during and straight after will help to prevent side effects ie thrush or diarrhea that have been associated with antibiotic use.

Finding the right Probiotic for you

Eczema and food allergies Probiotics with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG This has the ability to transfer from the mothers breast milk allowing it to be particular good for young children/infants with allergies and atopic eczema.
Immunity Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifodbacterium Clinical trials over 6 months showed that children between 5-7 years had a reduction in coughs and colds by 50%
Acne and Hormonal imbalances Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus Acidophilius and Bifodbacterium Spots around the cheek area can indicate a flare up the gut which can be calmed by probiotics. Angry flare ups along the jaw are often associated with hormones.
IBS Lactobacillus Acidophilius and Bifodbacterium ­– it must not contain a prebiotic as this can trigger IBS symptoms. Viridian’s ProCare has been specially formulated to improve the digestion of those with IBS. Studies have shown that symptoms can improve after 2 months use.
Traveling/diarrhoea Saccharomyces Boulardii Traveling: Take a week before your trip, and throughout your travels.

Antibiotic use: Take during and 2 weeks after a course of antibiotics to help maintain a healthy balance in your gut.

Lactose intolerance Lactobacillus Acidophilius Noted for improving abdominal cramping and other symptoms

 When is the best time to take my probiotics?

Most probiotics these days are resistant to stomach acid and can therefore be taken at any time in the day. When you first start taking probiotics it can cause some upset in your stomach, after all, you are changing the balance of gut flora. Typically, any changes in bowel movement or discomfort subside in a just a few days. To help ease this process we recommend starting with a smaller dosage (ie 1 capsule) and slowly increase depending on your own needs.




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