07 Oct Beneficial Effects of Probiotics Against Diarrhea
Diarrhea is a condition that may affect individuals regardless of gender, age or race. Worldwide, it is a leading cause of mortality in children younger than four years old, especially in the developing world. In the Philippines, diarrhea is the 3rd leading cause of child illness and the 4th leading cause of deaths among children less than 5 years.
Diarrhea may be caused by the following:
• Alcohol abuse
• Allergies to certain foods
• Diseases of the intestines (such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis)
• Eating food sources that upset the digestive system
• Infection by bacteria (the cause of most types of food poisoning) or other organisms
• Laxative abuse
• Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
• Radiation therapy
• Running (“runner’s diarrhea”)
• Some cancers
• Surgery on your digestive system
• Trouble absorbing some nutrients (malabsorption)
Travelers’ diarrhea (TD) is the most common illness affecting travelers. Each year, between 20% to 50% of international travelers, or an estimated 10 million persons, develop diarrhea. When an individual visits a place where the climate, social conditions, or sanitary standards and practices are different from home, TD usually occurs.
Diarrhea is a common adverse effect of antibiotic treatments. Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea (AAD) occurs in response to medications used to treat bacterial infections. About 5-30% of patients either early during antibiotic therapy or up to two months after the end of the treatment acquire AAD.
A study suggests that ingesting non-pathogenic probiotic microorganisms can help strengthen the gut microbiota and inhibit the growth of pathogens, making the immune system stronger. These mechanism of actions of probiotics may help alleviate diarrhea.
Bioflora-L Probiotics contains a combination of seven strains of probiotics and Lactic Acid Bacteria extract to help keep the immune system strong. As the proverb goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So, start prevention now! Start living CLEAN from WITHIN!