NUTRITIONAL supplement BIOTIX is intended for nutritional support when taking antibiotics
Recommended daily dose: 1 capsule per day during a meal. Recommended during regular use of statins. 30 capsules are sufficient for 1 month therapy. The capsules contain a special, enteric wrap (microcrystalline cellulose), which allows safe passage of the active ingredients through the stomach. Suitable for vegetarians. The product does not contain lactose, salt, gluten, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Antibiotics are a great medical advancement. The medicines destroy illness-causing bacteria, which helps infected people heal and get better. Antibiotics, however, can also destroy beneficial bacteria and cause additional side effects.
If your doctor has prescribed an antibiotic, you may be worried about the negative side-effects from taking this medication. This is a reasonable concern given that a quarter of patients stop taking their full course of antibiotic therapy due to antibiotic associated problems.
Many antibiotics used today are not targeted but medium and broad spectrum. That means they kill bacteria without prejudice – killing both the bad and the beneficial bacteria that reside in the gastrointestinal tract.
With an increasing number of bacteria-resistant illnesses in the USA and EU more antibiotics are required to kill a bug. As more antibiotics are used, the immune system is weakened, which lowers a person’s resistance to new infections and the cycle continues.
Studies from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “Probiotics May Help People Taking Antibiotics.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 December 2008) support the use of probiotics for avoiding diarrhea resulting from antibiotic use. Importantly, researchers found that probiotics were found to rarely cause adverse effects, even in children.
Probiotics restore bacteria lost due to antibiotics. Taking a probiotic helps to repopulate the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria to get your digestive function back to normal. These “good guys” reduce the symptoms of antibiotic associated diarrhea by killing off the bad bacteria. How do they do this? These beneficial flora produce compounds that are toxic to bad bacteria, suppressing their growth. In addition, they prevent bad bacteria from adhering to intestinal walls.
In addition to normalizing your digestive tract, probiotics can strengthen your immune system. With more than 70% of your immune system located in your digestive tract, bolstering this system with beneficial bacteria makes perfect sense and helps prevent future illness.
Will Taking Probiotics Make Antibiotics Less Effective?
Taking a probiotic will not make an antibiotic less effective. But, antibiotics can make probiotics less effective.
Are Probiotics Safe?
Yes. Probiotics have an excellent safety track record. Many studies have documented their safety and efficacy in alleviating a wide range chronic conditions such as allergies, Candida, diarrhea, eczema and other skin conditions, infections, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
Many antibiotics used today are broad spectrum meaning they wipe out a wide range of both bad and good bacteria. To compensate, you’ll want to select a probiotic that replenishes your digestive tract with a broad range of beneficial bacteria. Two key probiotic families are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Find a probiotic that contains species from both of these families such as L. acidophilus and B. bifidum.
Within each of these two families are species that are hardier than others. Species like L. acidophilus. L. rhamnosus and L. salivarius are remarkably tolerant of the harsh conditions in the digestive tract. Other species like L. casei and B. longum are beneficial in preventing diarrhea associated with antibiotic use.
The best probiotic supplement will also be enteric-coated. This ensures that the probiotic supplement bypasses the harsh conditions of the stomach and doesn’t break-down until the small intestine where the beneficial bacteria are liberated.
How much Probiotics with Antibiotics?
Numerous studies indicate that to alleviate antibiotic-associated diarrhea, adults should consume at least 2 billion organisms with each dose.
How Often Should I take Probiotics?
You should take probiotics twice a day, about a half hour or more before eating. Taking probiotics on an empty stomach helps to eliminate bloating or gas that a small number of patients get while taking a probiotic supplement. Be sure to not skip a dose to ensure the colonization of helpful bacteria.
How Long Should I Take Probiotics After Antibiotics?
Most antibiotic therapy lasts between several days and two weeks. Experts recommend that you continue to take probiotics after antibiotics for several weeks to ensure that your digestive tract gets back to normal.
Many people take probiotics on a daily basis. Regular use of probiotics helps to keep your digestive system healthy by keeping you regular. Probiotics also bolster your immune system and enhance the absorption of nutrients.
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Probiotics May Help People Taking Antibiotics." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 December 2008.