Ever headed off on a relaxing holiday to get overrun with a cold or upset stomach?
Even for those exploring some of our natural beauty spots in the UK, the stress of packing for the family and making sure everything is left organised at home can imbalance the sensitive gut flora. The change to normal dietary routine and local water and other fluid intake can also alter the balance of our gut flora and affect bowel movements. The gut flora has a huge impact on the functioning of our digestive and immune systems.
Depending on your holiday destination, there is a 5-50% chance that you could experience a bout of travellers diarrhoea1. Especially when abroad, local strains of bacteria will be new to the body and therefore, may cause some gut disturbance compared to those microbes we are familiar with at home2. Since childhood we have built up a team of antibodies waiting ready to fight common invaders but are not ready for unknown foreign bugs.
Live bacteria are being used successfully as a travellers diarrhoea remedy and tested in studies to support healthy digestive and immune systems at these times. A review of all 940 studies between 1977 to 2005, concluded that live bacteria was able to significantly prevent travellers diarrhoea with no serious adverse reactions1. One study looked at a group of tourists visiting Turkey where travellers diarrhoea affected 40% of the tourists compared to only 24% of those who took a lactobacillus containing live bacteria food supplement1,2. A multi-strain probiotic containing Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum was shown to be particularly beneficial1.
Bio-Kult is a unique live bacteria food supplement with 14 strains of live bacteria. We recommend taking Bio-Kult capsules as a travellers diarrhoea remedy two weeks before, during and two weeks after your holiday to assist with travellers diarrhoea.
- McFarland LV. 2007. Meta-analysis of probiotics for the prevention of traveler's diarrhea. Travel Med Infect Dis. 5(2):97-105.
- Cartwright P. 2011. Probiotic Allies. How to Maximise the Health Benefits of your Microflora. Prentice Publishing, Ilford. pp65-66.