Probiotics literally mean pro-life, and antibiotics mean anti-life. Probiotics, such as Reuterina Drops, available at Link Pharmacies nationwide, are great to take in conjunction with antibiotics as they help to counteract their side effects, such as diarrhoea. It’s hard to think about bacteria living in us and actually being useful to us, but the problem lies in the battle between the good and the bad bacteria, and when the bad bacteria end up getting the upper hand, we get sick.
Probiotics contain bacteria and help our guts function properly. The most common one, lactobacillus, changes the acidity in our guts and makes them function correctly. The problem is trying to ensure that enough bacteria reach all the way to the end of the gut to do their job. Prebiotics on the other hand don’t contain bacteria, but they contain food that isn’t digested in the first part of our systems, and reaches the large bowel intact. This is where the healthy bacteria thrive.
Lactobacillus can be found in dairy products for example, and even in fermented foods such as sauerkraut. Examples of fruit and veg high in prebiotics are tomatoes and bananas. There are plenty of pre/probiotics available on the shelves in the supermarkets, especially in the dairy sections. Processed foods and low fiber diets allow the pathogenic bacteria to overwhelm the good guys and diminish colon function. When pathogenic bacteria take over, yeast infections such as Candida are allowed to flourish.
Reuterina drops can be taken by kids and adults of all ages, and just 5 drops per day is all you need to ensure optimal gut health.