Probiotics: Your best travel companion
15 August, 2013
Probiotics are beneficial microbes that take up residence in your digestive system, where they ward off colonization of harmful pathogens. Probiotic microorganisms are present in the bacterial cultures that are used to create fermented milk products such as yogurt. These microbes can be consumed live, and they remain live in your intestines, thus bolstering your natural gastrointestinal flora with friendly bacteria.
How can they help in travel?
Gastrointestinal distress can be attributed to a number of factors while on holiday, such as jet lag, stress and contaminated food and water. Probiotics can be a safe and effective solution in dealing with gastrointestinal issues which may arise during travel.
The idea behind taking probiotics as a traveler is to populate your gut with beneficial bacteria so that when your body inevitably faces the foreign bacteria of a strange land and a strange cuisine, it is prepared. It is like pre-arming your GI tract, setting up your defenses in advance so that your body can handle a bacterial attack.
The effectiveness of probiotics in treating travellers’ diarrhea has received much scientific scrutiny. Travellers' diarrhea (TD) is a condition characterised by a marked increase in the frequency of unformed bowel movements and is commonly accompanied by abdominal cramps, urgency, nausea, bloating, vomiting, fever, and malaise. According to "The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition," probiotics have shown promise as a treatment for treating and preventing viral and bacterial diarrheal disorders, reducing the effects of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and the risk of traveler's diarrhea by as much as 50 percent.
Different strains of probiotic microorganisms have different effects; the probiotic yeast Saccharomyces boulardii is significantly effective in preventing traveler's diarrhea. A mixture of different probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus casei, and Bifidobacterium infantis are also very effective at preventing and treating traveller’s diarrhea.
We recommend Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics which is a truly unique probiotic for these reasons:
1) contains 12 synergistic strains of probiotics
2) blister-packed probiotics do not need refrigeration making them efficient for travel
3) Scientific Support: Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics® is backed by over 20 university-based scientific studies.