Have you ever been prescribed antibiotics but haven’t wanted to finish the full course because part way through you start to feel yucky? Or do you avoid taking them in the first place because in the past they have caused a stomach upset? If you have been prescribed antibiotics to resolve a health issue, it is important to finish the full course, however, unpleasant side effects can sometimes make this difficult to do.

The Problem with Antibiotics

Antibiotics can’t distinguish between good or bad bacteria, which means the balance of our gut flora may be disrupted and may leave you with an upset tummy. This can make us feel miserable, impacting on our day to day activities and no one wants to feel miserable when they are already sick!

Probiotic Support

One option is to take probiotic supplements to help rebalance the gut flora. There are different types of probiotic supplements, however, most need to be taken a few hours either side of taking your antibiotics to avoid being destroyed by the antibiotics before they can be of benefit. There are however certain probiotics, such as Sacchromyces boulardii (S. boulardii), which are not susceptible to destruction by antibacterial antibiotics, so you can take these at the same time as your antibiotic.

If you think S. boulardii sounds like a good option to support against antibiotic related tummy upsets, there are options you can try, some with additional ingredients which provide gut support.

Nutrient Support

Combining certain extra nutrients, alongside S.boulardii can assist by supporting the integrity of the gut lining, helping defend against opportunistic bacteria and pathogens attaching or penetrating the mucosal gut lining, this being the body’s first line of defense.

  • Vitamin A supports the function of the digestive tract. This vitamin is important to the health of the gut lining and supports optimizing immune function.
  • Vitamin D helps with the formation of the cells that make up the gut wall or lining. Vitamin D also supports optimizing immune function.
  • Zinc is another important nutrient for optimal immune function, while also helping to stabilize and strengthen the gut lining.

Thompson’s Probiotic AB Plus combines S. boulardii with additional ingredients to support the gut lining. It can be taken at the same time as antibiotics to assist with antibiotic related stomach upset.

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Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Integria Healthcare, Auckland.

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