Feb 11 2018

When do you ramp up on Probiotics

Published by at 2:27 pm under probiotic supplements

When should you increase your intake of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™?
Knowing when it’s time to increase your probiotic intake can fortify your immune system against infection and illness.*

Probiotics are such an important part of our daily lives. They keep our digestive tract – our microbiome – populated with the friendly bacteria we need to keep our immune systems strong and our bodies healthy. With 80% of our immune system residing and originating in the gut, our whole body health is dependent on the friendly vs. unfriendly ratio of bacteria living there.*

When our bodies are compromised in any way, whether it is due to this intense flu season or other times when we may be more susceptible to illness, it is essential to not only continue on Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™, but go from a maintenance dose to a therapeutic dose.  A maintenance dose can vary from person to person, but generally this is when you have been on the product for awhile, your diet is healthy with lots of organic fruits and vegetables, and you consume very little sugar. A maintenance dose can be 1-2 Body Biotics™ capsules in the morning and the same in the evening.*

But if your gut health is off track, or you are susceptible to illness, this is when you need a therapeutic dose. We recommend a therapeutic dose when there is healing to be done in the gut, presence of an overgrowth of Candida, feelings of catching a cold, flu season, skin conditions such include eczema, leaky gut, IBS…these are among the many conditions in which increasing your dose is appropriate.*  

Another one of these times is before and after surgery. While types and severity of surgeries vary, they all require you to take antibiotics to avoid infection. This is one of those times when taking antibiotics is a must. A bacterial infection as a result of surgery can be life threatening. In fact, according to John Hopkins University, “…Even with many precautions and protocols to prevent infection in place, any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to an infection. Doctors call these infections surgical site infections (SSIs) because they occur on the part of the body where the surgery took place. If you have surgery, the chances of developing an SSI are about 1% to 3%…”1*

While there are various risk factors that make people more or less prone to getting an SSI, such as length of surgery, age, and current health status, one of the major risk factors is a weakened immune system. So by eating right, taking probiotics, not smoking, taking vitamins (there are specific vitamins designed especially for pre and post surgery that don’t thin the blood), a person can go into a planned surgery at their healthiest.(1,2,3)*

But what about post surgery? Probiotics play a huge role in post surgery. By keeping the immune system strong, our bodies will heal faster. But there is another important reason to be on a therapeutic dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. Anesthesia slows the body down, and it also causes hormones to be released that impact our mood. Many patients following surgery will experience depression for a few days or longer. By keeping the gut replenished with friendly bacteria, this can help as 90% of our serotonin is created there. Keeping serotonin levels up will help with mood and depression. Also, this slowing down of the body’s systems can lead to constipation. Combined with pain medication, this can be a real problem. Constipation is extremely uncomfortable and can be painful. Straining to have a bowel movement after surgery can be bad for your incisions. So upping your dose of Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ to three capsules in the morning and three at night will help with this. You can throw in a couple before lunch for extra measure at least to get you through that first week. Now keep in mind, if you have not been on the product for awhile or are new to it, I do not recommend just starting out with this therapeutic dose. You do need to build up to it, so start on one to two capsules a day and slowly build up to a therapeutic dose before surgery. Then, when your surgery arrives, you will be prepared to increase your dose. You don’t want to be detoxing at the same time as surgery! (2,4)*

Lastly, pay close attention to your diet after surgery. Consuming lots of fiber helps keep things moving in your digestive tract, as well as a healthy dose of non-soluble fiber will provide healthy food for your friendly bacteria. Even though Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™ contains both probiotics and probiotics, a constant supply of probiotics through the foods we eat will continue the healthy cycle of replenishing your good bacteria.3*

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 Resources:

  1. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/surgical_care/surgical_site_infections_134,144
  2. https://academic.oup.com/bjaed/article/4/5/144/2910
  3. http://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495
  4. nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMc5198246/
  5. vitamedica.com/wellness-blog/10-best-healing-foods-to-eat-after-surgery


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