Good Bugs & Holiday Health
One type of bug, which has ruined many holidays (not just my own I am sure!), is the tummy bug. Exposing ourselves to new foods, different water and the heat, seems to be something almost guaranteed to lead those people with a sensitive digestive system to lose one or two days of their holiday every year to a bad stomach. Reviewing the research however, there may be things that we can do to try and prevent this problem. It seems that the answer may lie with so called ‘good bacteria’.
There are trillions of bacteria inside every one of us – they form what is often referred to in the press these days as the ‘Microbiome’. There is a vast amount of research coming out which demonstrates the large and varied impact of the Microbiome on our everyday health and wellbeing.
The Microbiome consists of a vast number of different strains of ‘good bacteria’. Each of these good bacteria has a different role to play, and it seems that certain strains could actually help to protect us from stomach bugs and holiday tummy.
The good bacteria to look out for include:
- Lactobacillus Casei,
- Lactobacillus Acidophilus,
- Streptococcus Thermophilus
- Bifidobacteria Lactis.
Each of these strains has been widely researched, and making sure our levels of these good bacteria are topped up during and after a holiday, is probably a good idea.
A GOOD BACTERIA SUPPLEMENT
This can be done by taking a good bacteria supplement – but be careful when you choose a product. There are infinite different strengths and different strains of bacteria on the market – so you need to make sure that the one you are buying is going to do what you want it to do. But how?
3 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A GOOD BACTERIA SUPPLEMENT:
1. “DOES IT CONTAIN THESE 4 GOOD BACTERIA?”
Make sure that the formulation you are buying includes Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Streptococcus Thermophilus, and Bifidobacteria Lactis. It does not have to be just these four good bacteria – but you do need them to be included in the ingredients list.
2. “DOES IT NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED?”
Make sure that the product you are buying does not need refrigerating. There is no point spending money on good bacteria which are basically going to die off if you leave them in your hotel room!
3. “IS IT STRONG ENOUGH?”
Finally, check to make sure that the product is strong enough. I have seen products with as little as 1 billion bacteria per capsule. This might sound like a lot, but it is not.
There are trillions of bacteria inside us, so if we want to make a difference, we need to work in high billions – look for around 30 billion per capsule, to be sure you are getting a good product.
Then, have a happy and healthy holiday!
Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)