Importance of Probiotics

Only recently there has been more attention placed on taking probiotics as a daily supplement. Those who consume a decent dose of yoghurt daily may be getting there fair share of probiotics, but for the rest it is not easy to get the right probiotics from the food we consume. Probiotics are live organisms such as bacteria and yeast which are already available in our bodies, but get damaged by use of antibiotics, spermicide, birth control or other form of bacteria imbalance.

The experts at Yale University, have done research on probiotics and in 2011 they concluded probiotics can help in the following situations:

  • Treating childhood diarrhea
  • Treating ulcerative colitis
  • Treating necrotizing enterocolitis, a type of infection and inflammation of the intestines mostly seen in infants
  • Preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and infectious diarrhea
  • Preventing pouchitis, an inflammation of the intestines that can follow intestinal surgery
  • Treating and preventing eczema associated with cow’s milk allergy
  •  Helping the immune system
  • Treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
  • Treating vaginitis
  • Treating diarrhea caused by C. difficile bacteria
  • Treating Crohn’s disease

Probiotics have been proven to help treat effectively diarrhea in children and delay the development of children’s allergies. Probiotic treatment restores the balance of microflora which may be helpful for such common female urogenital problems as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and urinary tract infection.

It is tricky to coat the probiotics in such a way that when they get in contact with stomach acid and body temperature, the bacteria still survives. Shuang Hor has managed to achieve this unique multi-coated technology in their Lactoberry probiotic,to ensure the bacteria travels to our GI tract alive and preform its job.

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Lactoberry constitutes of:

  • Bifidobacterium Lactis (L-form): Capable of breaking down fibre and the diffcult-to-digest oligosaccharides, improving the acidity in the GI tract, subduing the proliferation of harmful bacteria, and encouraging the digestion and absorption of dairy produce.
  • Bifidobacterium Longum (L-form): Maintaining flora balance of friendly colonies in the GI tract, inhibiting the growth of pathogens, preventing the onset of constipation, and militating dysentery. Bifidobacterium Longum is found in the large intestine, where it produces the B-group vitamins and other enzymes that aid in digestion and prevention against diarrhea caused by antibiotics or food pathogens. At the same time, it also effectively helps the human body in resisting the intrusion of infectious agents, getting rid of harmful bacteria, regulating the immune system, strengthening our physical resistance against diseases affecting the gut, and reducing the risk of cancer.
  • Isomalt: A sugar substitute almost as sweet as sugar, Isomalt has half the calories, hence is safe for consumption even among diabetics. It is capable of exciting the GI activities to further soften the stools and alleviate constipation. Besides, it also encourages the growth of Bifidobacterium and initiating peristaltic activities of the friendly bacteria to improve the wellbeing of the GI tract.
  • Cranberry Powder: The anthocyanidin found in Cranberry is capable of warding off the harms of E. Coli on our urinary tract. With 80%~90% of the urinary tract infection attributed to E. Coli, this special extract of Cranberry is exceptional in preventing E. Coli from adhering onto the urinary tract, hence keeping infections at bay.
  • Raspberry Powder: Helpful for the prevention of constipation.
  • Blueberry Powder: A natural anti-ageing food supplement that helps remove free radicals and promote the elimination of our metabolic wastes.

As you can see this probiotic has number of different ingredients to ensure healthy GI and urinary tract, free from infections. This is also a great product for children as they can consume the powder easily due to its sweet, fruity taste. I’ve been giving this to my baby starting with 5 months old to avoid diarrhea/constipation and to prevent bloating.

Apart from consuming daily, if I do get diarrhea due to food contamination or any other  reason, I just load my body with large amount of Lactoberry and diarrhea stops fairly soon. Try to include probiotics in your daily diet and make sure you give it to your kids as well. If you can’t get your hands on Lactoberry, here are some foods which include probiotics:

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Yoghurt

sauerkraut

Sauerkraut

tofu-miso-soup

Miso Soup

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Kefir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Healthy,

Dina

 

 

http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0905c.shtml
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/probiotics-10/what-are-probiotics

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