Probiotics help maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestines and promote a healthy digestive system by inhibiting pathogens, reducing the growth of undesirable bacteria and preventing infections in the digestive tract. Probiotics aid in the production of essential nutrients, can help control immune response as in the case of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and are currently being studied for benefits in colon cancer and skin infections. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies have established that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary infections in women.
Probiotic supplementation provides good company to the intestinal flora already present in your body and may help to calm the digestive system when antibiotics, travel, diet, pathogens, or any stress disrupt the normal microflora and cause various upsets. A healthy, well-balanced digestive ecosystem is essential to well-being for all ages!
Intake of antibiotics can cause bacterial dysbiosis resulting in a variety of GI symptoms, such as loose watery stools and the more severe side-effect Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea (AAD). AAD is most commonly caused by a Clostridium difficile infection, but it can also be caused by other known pathogenic bacteria such as Staphylococcus spp., Salmonella spp., Klebsiella spp, or Candida spp. The gastrointestinal side-effects coupled to use of antibiotics may also be a consequence of a bacterial dysbiosis.
Recent research has shown that a healthy and diverse gut microbiota may be of importance to combat the side-effects coupled to the use of antibiotics. By adding well-characterized and clinically proven probiotics, both a healthier and more robust GI bacterial environment may be achieved.
During exercise, the body centralizes all available energy to the working muscle groups, and slows down other organs, such as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Accordingly, many athletes encounter various GI symptoms, such as abdominal discomfort, flatulence and diarrhea. Another issue during sport performance is frequent and recurrent infections due to a compromised immune system.
The negative effects on the immune system, a so-called “open window”, may arise and last between 2-8 hours, mostly due to endurance training or heavy exercise. During this “open window”, the body is much more sensitive to immune disruption and consequently common health dysfunctions may follow.
To combat the indications coupled to sport performance as described, recent research show that a healthy gut microbiota may be of significant relevance.
With a globally growing population, there is a rising awareness of general health and well-being through all life-stages; from adolescence and all through adulthood. There are multiple situations where we need our bodies to stay strong, such as during lifestyle changes, when travelling, dietary changes and more.
A challenged microbiota due to stress may lead to dysbiosis and, in worst cases, even overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria. This in turn can increase the risk of several dysfunctions, both gastro and immune related. Since more than 70% of the immune system is regulated by the GI-tract, a well-nourished and diverse microbiota is of utmost importance. By adding well-characterized and clinically documented probiotics, the efficacy of the immune system may be enhanced.
The human gut microbiota is a diverse and complex system including many different types of bacteria. During ageing, the composition and diversity of the microbiota changes, and at the same time, the age-related health issues increases. Research has shown that decreased microbial diversity and composition affects the immune system negatively, which in turn increases the risk for age-related health consequences.
Supplementation of well-characterized and clinically verified probiotic bacteria can decrease adverse health consequences. Probi Select Senior may promote increased well-being, gastrointestinal health and support the immune system in an ageing population.
The GI-tract can in some ways be seen as our “first line of defense”, as it can help us withstand pathogens that could cause more or less severe infections or inflammation. As the majority of immune functions originate from the GI-tract, a well-established and diverse microbiota is crucial for a well-balanced immune system. A healthy gut environment promotes the development and maturation of the immune system, while an abnormal microbiota is considered a major cause of severe immune and GI disorders during childhood. A weak immune system may result in frequent infections and inflammation, whereas an overactive immune response may result in allergies or even autoimmune diseases.
When selecting a probiotic supplement, it is important to be aware that bacteria strains that are effective in one species of animal are not necessarily effective in another species. This is because the digestive tract qualitatively varies from species to species and bacteria have to have certain characteristics in order to survive in the particular organism in which they are dwelling. For example, they must be able to withstand stomach acid in order to make it to the intestinal tract. Once there, they must be able to withstand intestinal fluids and they must be able to adhere to the intestinal lining to exert their greatest benefits. Specifically, bacteria strains indigenous to humans are more likely to survive in human intestinal tracts than are non-human strains. This is because human bacteria strains are specifically adapted to grow in human intestinal tracts. Bacteria derived from dairy or other sources are less likely to remain in the human intestinal tract. They may afford only temporary, if any, benefits. On the other hand, in clinical trials human strains show better colonization and efficacy. For this reason, each of our probiotic formulas contain human bacterial strains.