Ever wondered what causes diarrhea? You're not alone. But the fact is, there are many things that cause diarrhea. Some of these can include medical conditions and stress. One of the most common causes of diarrhea is bad bacteria that has been ingested along with the foods you've eaten. Usually we can handle a certain amount of these unwanted bacteria in our system, but it depends how much is taken in or how healthy our intestinal tract is whether we have a bad reaction or not. In severe cases, or if left unchecked, this can be life-threatening.
Dietary supplements known as probiotics may be able to play a remarkable part in fighting against these unwanted bacteria by direct inhibition and also by up-regulating the immune system.
Probiotics – What Are They and Can They Help?
Probiotics are one of the fastest growing categories of dietary supplements. They are products containing useful Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species of bacteria. Probiotic bacteria settle in the intestinal tract, taking control over it; there, they help keep a healthy microflora that prevents the overgrowth of unwanted microorganisms.
When a person is lacking in probiotics, the immune system isn't working at its best and this may leave them open to experiencing a deadly reaction to food poisoning microorganisms. A person like this may react badly to a lower dose of these microorganisms as opposed to a person with a healthy, up-regulated immune system.
Where Do Probiotics Come From?
Although some yogurts have probiotic bacteria in them, they don't deliver a high enough dosage of living probiotic cells through the acidic stomach into the small intestine. These are measured as CFU or colony forming units. The proficiency of a product to transport a sufficient live dose is a crucial requirement.
The greatest probiotic effect is acquired with medical-strength probiotics like TruFlora (those delivering at least 10 billion CFU/dose). This is the dose suggested by the International Probiotic Association (IPA) and a few other probiotic researchers.
But How Can a High Enough Dosage be Delivered?
Seeing as the biggest challenge is getting the essential dose of probiotic supplements through the acidity of the stomach, delivering a big enough amount of CFUs becomes an important point. Many probiotic supplement manufacturers just 'play the numbers game' and count on roughly only 5% or less of the product actually living long enough to make it to the intestines. ONLY 5%!
To attain the best probiotic effect, at least 10 billion CFU/dose is recommended! But how can that dosage be delivered if 95% is killed by acid from the stomach? The answer is found in an acid-proof, deep release delivery system.
Right now, TruFlora is one of the only two probiotics on the market that has this incredible acid-proof delivery system. Theralac is the other. TruFlora is a multi-strain probiotic that will deliver a guaranteed 15 billion CFU, making its acid-proof, deep release technology extremely useful.
When you first start feeling the symptoms of food poisoning or diarrhea coming on, start taking 2 capsules every 2 hours until the symptoms abate. Not only will you get rid of the diarrhea, but you'll benefit from improved immunity, increased beneficial bacteria and less gas.