How do antibiotics affect the gut microbiota?
The introduction of antibiotics into medicine revolutionised the way infectious diseases are treated and led to an eight-year jump in life expectancy between 1945 and 1972 by treating infections that were previously likely to kill patients. Today, antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide and made many complex surgery’s possible that have now become routine throughout the world.(1,2)
What is gut dysbiosis and how can it be targeted through probiotic intervention?
The gut or gastrointestinal tract is a long tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. It is within this system that what we eat is processed with nutrients being absorbed and waste being excreted as stool(1). The process of digestion can be broken into four main sections, oral processing to mechanically break down food; gastric processing to begin the chemical breakdown; ....
Should you supplement with probiotics as you get older?
As a result of our advances in medical technology we are now able to diagnose and treat more health conditions than ever. Subsequently we are living longer, and the focus has turned to ‘health span’- ensuring the later years of our lives remain comfortable(1). One aspect of this revolves around analysing the changes within our gut microbiomes and how they are linked to debilitating issues often experienced with age...
What are the mechanisms by which probiotics exert their effects?
Despite the benefits of probiotics being widely recognised, their mechanisms of action are often disputed, mainly due to strain specificity1. However, there are four main pathways through which probiotics are thought to act when studied in vitro...
What are the main causes of gut health issues?
Digestive complaints such as constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn and bloating are very common and usually treatable with lifestyle measures and over-the-counter remedies. Around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at one time. The most common gut health issues are; abdominal pain, changes in bowel habit (usually constipation or diarrhoea), indigestion and heartburn.(1)
What is a microbiome, and why does it matter?
Our intestinal tract is inhabited by a large and diverse population of bacteria, this is collectively termed the gut microbiota. The average human gut microbiota contains about 100 trillion bacteria (ten times more cells than in our body) which in total, weight up to 2kg! There are more than 3 million microbial genes in our gut microbiota, this is 150 times more genes than in the human genome.(1)
Six steps to take if you have digestive issues
Diarrhoea and other digestive issues can be a potentially embarrassing daily challenge for some people. Such problems can be the result of a bad diet, infection, stress, or other chronic medical conditions like Chron’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Here are some useful steps to make day to day life a little more comfortable.
What can we do to help maintain a healthy microbiome?
The gut microbiome is the totality of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and their collective genetic material present in the gastrointestinal tract.
Probio7 Bifikalm is a multi-strain liquid formula particularly formulated to support digestive and immune health in infants. It is also recommended for infants suffering from colic type symptoms, as this formula has shown to significantly reduce excessive crying in colicky infants (Santas et al., 2015).
Can probiotics help with colic?
Colic is a temporary self-limited condition, which occurs within the first few months of life. It is characterised by inconsolable crying of without a known cause (1) . Despite appearing benign nature, some research has linked colic in infancy with complications in later life such as sleeping disorders and gastrointestinal issues (2) . Furthermore, a colicky infant serves as a significant source for maternal anxiety, and depression, with it being the most common reason for seeking medical advice for children of this age 3 .
Support baby's immune system
Although you cannot see it, even whilst your baby is in the womb their gut microbiome is developing. This is the conception of their gut flora in a process that will continue throughout their life(1). ith 70% of the body’s immune cells residing in the gastrointestinal tract2, the development of a thriving microbiome within the first few years of life is essential to encourage appropriate immune responses.
Probio7 Kidskalm contains the strain L. rhamnosus ATCC53103. This Lactobacillus rhamnosus (L. rhamnosus) isolate is equivalent to the original L. rhamnosus GG (LGG®) strain. The genome is identical to the LGG genome at >99.999%.(1)
Could probiotics help prevent childhood obesity?
Obesity is a condition which occurs when someone is carrying excess weight or body fat to the extent that it may affect their health. This is usually measured using body mass index (BMI), which allows assessment of whether an individual is an appropriate weight for their age, sex and height. A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is classed as overweight whereas greater than 30 suggests a person may have obesity(1).
Children and antibiotics
Antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections and children receive them more frequently than any other classes of medication. They are most commonly subscribed for a variety of minor infections of the respiratory tract, integument and urinary tract.(2)
Kids and the immune system
Our immune system is made up of a number of cells, tissues and organs that throughout our life, protect us from invading pathogens, keeps us health and prevent repeated infection.(1)
Complications during pregnancy
The majority of pregnancies are not associated with any health problems. However, some women can experience health complications during pregnancy including high blood pressure, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), infections, preeclampsia, preterm birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. These complications can affect the mothers and/or the foetuses health and may even affect survival (1).
Can probiotics help prevent UTIs?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system; your kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra(1). Most infections involve the lower urinary tract, which are the bladder and the urethra.
Know more about gut health and probiotics
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