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Tuesday, 17 April 2018
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association taking a probiotic when you have to take antibiotics may help prevent the diarrhoea that often accompanies antibiotic treatment.
California-based researchers combined the results of 63 randomised trials pitting probiotics versus placebo among almost 12,000 men and women taking antibiotics.[i] Those participating who administered antibiotics plus probiotics were found to be 42% less likely to develop diarrhoea as those who got the placebo.
Antibiotics kill the “good” bacteria in the body, along with bacteria that are causing an infection. This disrupts the balance of the normal flora in the intestines. The result is often loose, watery stools known as antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
About one in three people who take antibiotics develop diarrhoea[ii]. Symptoms usually start either on the last few days of the course of antibiotics, or a day or so after it has finished. The diarrhoea is usually mild and lasts for a short time while the body fully recovers, in most cases requiring no further attention. However, some cases of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea can make some people very sick, with extreme forms even being life threatening.
Probiotics are live bacteria widely known to be beneficial to human health, helping to keep your body in balance. Probiotic benefits around antibiotic use are the most widely researched and proven.
Sona AfterBiotic is a supplement designed to restore the natural intestinal flora after a course of antibiotics, thus giving the ‘good’ bacteria a chance to grow faster, preventing the ‘bad’ bacteria from taking hold again.
In general, probiotics are also believed to be associated with helping stress levels and anxiety issues. As recently as last year, researchers in UCC found evidence that link gut health and mental wellbeing. They found that anxiety and stress can be triggered by a changing balance of bacteria in the gut. Their study concluded that balancing these bacteria is key in minimising stress and anxiety and probiotics can help in this process. Other health benefits include strengthening the immune system and boosting digestive health overall.
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[ii] Probiotics may help prevent diarrhea due to antibiotic use - Harvard Health Blog