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Treating diarrhea efficiently

Treating diarrhea efficiently

About 70% of all of the body's immune cells are located in the intestine. It is also where nutrients that are critical for good health are assimilated. So taking care of this organ is really important.

Nevertheless, the consistency of the intestinal system can be disrupted by various factors, like food, travelling and viruses. In such instances, what should we naturally use? Probiotics, friendly bacteria, are now known to help maintain the balance of the intestinal ecosystem and reduce discomfort due to our environment.

Maintaining a healthy intestinal flora can efficiently prevent infections, bowel inflammatory diseases and, in all likelihood, liver cancer and cancer of the intestine. So how to choose and when to use them?

Diarrhea in infants and young children

Rotavirus diarrhea is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea for infants and children. It is also the main cause of gastroenteritis in children of 5 years old or less.

A rotavirus infection causes fever, diarrhea and vomiting, starting between 12 hours and 4 days after contracting the infection and can last for 4 to 8 days. Several scientific studies have confirmed the beneficial effects of probiotics in order to ease the severity and the duration of diarrhea in young children. Pedi-Biotic is one of those probiotics especially designed for children to favour the implantation of friendly bacteria in their organism so they can fight off the pathogens.

Traveler’s diarrhea

Traveler’s diarrhea is linked to an infection usually of bacterial origin (80% of the time), viral origin or more rarely of parasitic origin. A clinical study made on 245 people spanning 2743 days of travel has shown that travelers who take Lactobacillus were less likely to contract diarrhea than those who don’t (47% protection rate). It is thus recommended to use a probiotic starting a week before travelling, during travel, and for a few days afterwards. There are several convenient formats available.

Bifilact is one of them, in the form of powder pouches – a single dose or in capsules, boxed or bottled. It is stable at room temperature and its concentration is assured until the expiry date. In fact, the strains used in a resting state have been chosen for their ability to survive at room temperature and to come alive and implant themselves once in the bowels.

Antibiotics related diarrhea

Antibiotics related diarrhea occurs in about 20% of people on antibiotics. It is triggered by a disturbance of intestinal flora, a failure in the fermentation capabilities of the colon, and finally a decreased production of short chain fatty acids, which results in watery diarrhea.

Several scientific studies have shown that some probiotics can maintain the balance of the intestinal ecosystem during antibiotics usage, notably thanks to Bifidobacterium longum BB536, which prevents diarrhea in patients undergoing antibiotics treatment. These probiotics act by reducing the severity of diarrhea and its duration. Ofibid is a good example of a very efficient single-strain probiotic.

Children are also more likely to use antibiotics often. During a study made on 51 children to whom were administered antibiotics with eight different probiotics preparations, the mix of bifidus + lactobacillus was revealed to be the most effective in protecting the intestinal ecosystem. Pedi-Biotic was thus designed to support the growth and implantation of friendly bacteria in the entire digestive system. It contains both types of strain plus other essentials for children, as well as a prebiotic (friendly bacteria food) to help in their growth and implantation.

Diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)

C. difficile is a bacterium widely spread in our living environment. It is found in the soil, in hospital environments, day-care centres and retirement homes. C. difficile diarrhea is also a frequent cause of antibiotics related diarrhea and can even occur without the presence of antibiotics once the bacteria is implanted in the alimentary canal.

Since treatment for C. difficile is done using other antibiotics, using probiotics clearly becomes of interest: it keeps friendly bacteria in the body, while dislodging the bacterium by using probiotics that will compete with it for room and prevent its proliferation. A prospective study confirmed that probiotics were of interest in preventing Clostridium difficile diarrhea recurrences, but it is when treating recurrent Clostridium difficile affections that probiotics seem to be the most effective.

Balacta is made of two bacteria essential in such cases: Bifidobacterium longum BB536 and Lactobacillus acidophilus LAC 361. These are the two most effective bacteria for treating and preventing diarrhea. These strains work in synergy to compete against bad bacteria, like C. difficile, and do so in the entire digestive system. They effectively favour a healthy intestinal flora. They are safe and act where needed.

By Sandrine Briatte, B. Sc. Biochemistry, M. Sc. Biology
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