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Probiotics for Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

Probiotics have slowly moved from the field of alternative medicine into the mainstream, particularly for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and the treatment of gastroenteritis. Antibiotics kill the bad bacteria in your body that make you sick, but they also kill the good bacteria. This can disrupt the normal balance in the intestines, leading to diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common side effect in 10% to 30% of people taking antibiotics.

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Recent studies of both children and adults have shown that probiotics taken before and during antibiotics can lower the risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Many different probiotics have been studied, and Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus GG seem to be the most effective.

When choosing a probiotic, look for one that contains a specific organism that has been tested and found effective. Experts say it’s wise to look for products that say that they remain viable “through end of shelf life” rather than “at time of manufacture

Talking about Probiotics, the BBC News reports on a new Cochrane Review providing evidence that probiotics are both safe and effective for preventing Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea in adults and children.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that improve digestion, immune function, and nutrient absorption by fighting harmful microorganisms in your digestive system. These good bacteria are a natural part of your body’s immune system which makes them a safe option for keeping your body balanced and healthy

Why Probiotics are so popular now a days?.  Processed foods lack enzymes and other nutrients which results in poor quality intestinal flora and other health stresses.  Even the normal amounts of these substances that would otherwise be there are missing in most people. On top of that, because the friendly bacteria are missing from the intestinal track growth of “bad” bacteria, fungus, yeast, virus and mold colonies can seriously harm health. Even if you think you are healthy, subclinical infective processes may be at work, slowly damaging your health

Choosing a probiotic is not easy , contact you primary health care provider he will recommend the best for you, these are some of the best probiotics on the market VSL#3 from SigmaTau, Primal Defense from Garden of Life, Culturelle, Spectra Probiotics and one of the top on the list is the Dr Ohhira’s Probiotics.

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