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Probiotic confusion? Read on…

Probitotics have become pretty mainstream now. New food products emerge on grocery store shelves every week with at least some kind of probiotic ingredients and we’re not just talking yogurt anymore. They seem to be one of those things we know “we’re supposed to like.” But why?
First, bear in mind that in addition to the word “probiotics” they can be called by many different names, which you’ll probably see in health literature or product labels. These other terms include:
  • Microflora
  • Beneficial bacteria
  • Intestinal flora
These good bacteria – by any of these names — colonize inside the digestive tract. They stick to the walls of the colon and take up residence. In other words, they live down there. However, they don’t stick around forever, and need to be replenished, either from food or supplement sources.
The Benefits of Probiotics Go Beyond Digestion
While probiotics are definitely important for healthy digestion (which many would say is the source of good health in general) they do a lot more than that, including:
  • Keep nasty fungus and yeast cells at bay.
  • Help keep bowel movements soft, well-formed, and easy to pass, preventing constipation.
  • Help us absorb nutrients like calcium properly, which in turn, helps the body build healthy bones.
  • Produce lactase, the enzyme that digests lactose in milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Prevent cholesterol from leaving the intestines and entering the bloodstream.
  • Help eliminate embarrassing gas and bloating.
  • Support the immune system and the way the body responds to inflammation.
So while the idea of whether you not you use probiotics might seem like a light one, it may be wise to not take it lightly.
Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacteria longum
Look at most food or supplement labels, and usually two probiotics stand out. There’s a good reason for this. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria longum are well-researched and provide significant health benefits. If these two names sound at all familiar, it’s because they are the species most often found in yogurt.
Interestingly, even though associated with dairy, Bifidobacteria longum assists in the breakdown of lactose and relieves some of the symptoms of lactose intolerance, including gas and bloating. Lactose intolerance is fairly common, especially in non-European individuals, and accounts for at least 50 million Americans.
While our microflora can naturally replenish, if we are stressed, on vacation, sick, overworked, or just feeling overwhelmed, it can take a long time. Without giving probiotic numbers a boost now and then, some digestive concerns – or possibly others – could reassert themselves in their absence.
So whether you prefer the food-based form, or have a favorite supplement in mind (or use both – there’s nothing wrong with that!) the important thing is to get that beneficial bacteria on board. It makes for a much easier journey.
Immune focus
70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract, which means healthy digestion actually promotes your natural defense system! For the ultimate in immune protection, Pearls Immune contains superior probiotics, plus the biologically-active power of Activ-Ferrin™ lactoferrin.
Pearls Immune:
  • Contains highly-concentrated Activ-Ferrin to naturally strengthen your immune health.
  • Lactoferrin is a powerhouse antioxidant, so it can help knock out the free radicals that can cause damage to your body’s cells and stress out your immune system.
  • Delivers probiotics to balance your immune system by restoring digestive health.
This proprietary blend includes Lactobacillus acidophilus and plantarum, plus Bifidobacterium lactis and longum. These strains are the “heavy hitters” of digestive support and immune response.

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Inflamed of not Inflamed – that is the question!

It’s my stomach, it’s bloated and painful I must have irritable bowel syndrome!
It’s becoming “in” to have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Everybody is talking about it, there are special diets, pills and all sorts of treatments to cure it but one has to ask in the first instance; is it actually IBS?
Our clinic sees a lot of IBS and would be IBS cases. People find their way to us because many conventional measures just offer symptomatic ease at best. Most GP’s don’t follow the idea that diet or food allergy can be a cause opting, to prescribe medications simply aimed at relaxing the bowel. I feel their time should be spent trying to relax their patient since so many cases of true IBS are stress related or anxiety induced. However, the fact remains that IBS is affecting more and more of us. Estimates have IBS affecting 10-20% of the population and it is twice as common in women than in men. This estimate, however, does not take into account those cases who do not present themselves to their GP.
The worrying factor with IBS is that many of it’s symptoms are common to other more serious gut and abdominal disorders. In women early stage ovarian cancer may give symptoms of bloating or even just a feeling of “fullness”. Even though ovarian cancer tends to hit the over 65’s it can strike at any age. The other worry is that IBS may also mimic early stage inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. These bowel problems may not cause the classic set of inflammatory signs early on and can be mistaken for IBS, which is not a pathological problem at all. Cases of true IBS are free of pathological bowel changes, it general is a functional disorder of muscular tone triggered off by emotional distress or aggravated by foods that irritate the lining of the bowel.
Getting a diagnosis of IBS should be fairly straight forward now. Worries over ovarian cancer can be settled by a good medical history may be a pelvic ultrasound scan and in some cases a simple blood test for the marker known as CA125. When it comes to the inflammatory bowel problems things may get a bit more invasive in those cases that are not so clear cut. A colonoscopy involves inserting a fiber optic camera into the bowel for a good look about. This tends to be very diagnostic but in those with inflammatory changes beyond the reach of the camera the inflammation may be missed. However, help is at hand. A relatively new stool (pooh) analysis, pioneered at Kings College Hospital, taken along side a clinical assessment looks to be the way forward. Known as faecal calprotectin, (click here 1, 2, 3, for more background) this test will detect those cases missed by colonoscopy and help firm up the diagnosis once and for all. It is available through the NHS or for a private fee of around £70-£80. We can get the test done through Hadley Wood Healthcare for £75.00 – all we need it a pooh sample, but call us first.
Once irritable bowel has been confirmed there is a lot we can do. A course of enteric coated Acidophilus and Bifidus bacteria replacement therapy (known as Acidophilus Pearls) is important along side some simple dietary changes. Anxiety and stress need to be addressed, for this we use Elthea-100 containing the green tea amino acid known as L-theanine. A lot can be done but much of our work is on an individual basis. If you are troubled by your bowels we may be able to help in more ways than one.

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