Whenever the doctor prescribes antibiotics, it makes sense to discuss probiotics. Scientific studies show that probiotics, such as Vidazorb®, can help reduce undesirable antibiotic side effects, restore intestinal microflora after antibiotic treatment, and hinder gut colonization with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Beltsville, MD, December 2012 – Doctors prescribe antibiotics for a number of common bacterial infections including acne, food poisoning, tonsillitis, eye sties, pneumonia, staph infections and many more. Simply put, antibiotics don’t always distinguish between beneficial bacteria and pathogenic bacteria and end up killing essential bacteria in the digestive system along with the harmful bacteria. This can lower the body’s immunity, cause gastric distress or diarrhea and lead to an increased risk of illness or infection.
There are over 100 trillion good bacteria in our bodies that play a vital role in our overall health and well-being, particularly in immune function and digestion. Many of these bacteria are destroyed byantibiotic treatments and therefore must be quickly replenished. To combat the adverse effects from normal antibiotics and decrease the chance of unwanted side effects, people on an antibiotic regimen should also take a probiotic supplement. Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms which, when consumed in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit to the individual. Everyone has trillions of bacterial microorganisms naturally occuring in his or her digestive system and probiotics, affectionately known as “good bugs,” help maintain a healthy balance of these essential bacteria.
Probiotics work best when taken daily leading up to and during an antibiotic regimen and continuing after the prescription ends. Introducing probiotics beforehand will help build up the good bugs so that your system can minimize any negative reaction to the antibiotic. Continuing probiotic supplementation after taking antibiotics continues to repopulate all the good bacteria and helps bring the digestive system back into balance.
When choosing a probiotic, it is important to find one that has a high number of bacteria colony forming units (CFUs) and uses strains that have been clinical tested. Vidazorb® carries up to 10 billion CFUs per tablet, delivering a therapeutic dose of beneficial microorganisms with each use. The best products combine two to five key, researched bacteria strains that work together to best provide health benefits. Vidazorb® provides the user convenient, chewable, non-refrigerated tablets. Vidazorb® uses proprietary strains of probiotic bacteria strains from Chr. Hansen in Denmark, including L. acidophilus LA-5® and Bifidobacterium BB-12®.