Hard to stomach

Posted on October 22nd, 2009 by by Solanova

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On a recent trip abroad, I found that I had neglected one very important aspect of trip preparation.  I had laundered all the appropriate clothing, grabbed my guidebooks, forwarded my mail, and arranged for my dog to be walked.  But the one thing I forgot to take care of was my digestive health.  And boy was I sorry.

I’ve always had a delicate stomach and generally try to be kind to it.  I make an effort to eat soothing foods usually, but one can’t subsist on rice and yogurt alone.  Especially when you’re in a relatively exotic place, with delicious, if not spicy, foods.  So I indulged, and indulged some more.  Then I didn’t feel very well.

I had been doing a little research about probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help guard against infections and intestinal disorders while helping to support overall proper digestion.  There has been research indicating that taking probiotics can exert a protective effect against diarrhoeal illnesses in children and adults and that it can not only help treat such illnesses but even potentially prevent them.

Next time I go somewhere, I’ll make sure to bring some special companions with me.  Probiotics, of course!

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Reference: http://www.vitasearch.com/get-clp-summary/34885” Effects of probiotics on the gastrointestinal tract,” Snelling AM, Curr Opin Infect Dis, 2005; 18(5): 420-6. (Address: Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 IDP, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. E-mail: A.M.Snelling@Bradford.ac.uk ).

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