The gastrointestinal (GI) system comprises an incredible 10 trillion bacteria, with a healthy GI system having an ideal balance of good and bad bacteria. These bacteria are needed to digest our food, maintain healthy digestion and keep our immune system strong. However, many lifestyle factors and medications can upset this ideal balance, which can result in stomach upset, diarrhoea or infection. For example, when taking a course of antibiotics, both good and bad bacteria are killed, sometimes resulting in diarrhoea, thrush and stomach upset.
Probiotics contain high doses of good bacteria. They are able to withstand the extreme conditions found in the stomach and are retained in the stomach to promote healthy digestive function. Probiotics have a wide variety of uses, including:
- treating and preventing diarrhoea after a course of antibiotics
- preventing urinary tract infections
- maintaining and restoring healthy digestive function
- assisting with symptoms of stomach upset including bloating and gas
- helping to maintain a healthy immune system
- improving general wellbeing
- treating infectious diarrhoea
- assisting with symptoms and reducing flare-ups of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease
- treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- preventing recurrent thrush
We have a variety of different probiotics available, come in and ask one of our Pharmacists for advice on which one would be suitable for you.
Verna, Lucak. Use of Probiotics in Gastrointestinal Disorders. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology. 2010;3(5) pp 307-19.