& Gut Health

Our intestines are home to 100 trillion of bacteria with the ideal gut flora ecosystem of 85% good bacteria. Consuming antibiotics upsets the gut flora balance as they kill the good bacteria or stop them from multiplying.

Most of the antibiotics are “broad spectrum’ in which they are unable to target a single bacteria strain, hence, a wide range of bacteria species in the intestines will be wiped out at the same time. Most people will experience abdominal bloating and diarrhoea following a course of antibiotics, this is the side effect of antibiotics that cause disturbance in the composition, diversity and functions of gut flora. The microbiota disturbance in the intestine can persist for years. Researchers in Sweden found that the composition of gut flora of a group of healthy volunteers had not returned to their original state, even after 2 years following a course of antibiotics for only 7 days. Another research also confirmed that even short-term intake of antibiotics can lead to stabilisation of resistant bacterial populations in the intestines that persisted for years.

A disrupted gut flora balance is associated with many different diseases. One of the most prominent problems is the increased susceptibility to intestinal infections, caused by newly acquired pathogens or sudden overgrowth of bad bacteria present in the intestines.  As the gut flora also plays a role in many physiological processes such as regulation of immune functions and metabolic homeostasis, a disrupted gut flora balance may also lead to:

  • Autoimmune diseases (inflammatory bowel syndrome, diabetes)
  • Allergic diseases
  • Yeast infection
  • Obesity
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Antibiotic-associated diarrhoea
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Antibiotic resistance

According to World Health Organisation, antibiotic resistance is now a global issue due to misuse and overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance occurs when microorganism is able to withstand the effects of an antibiotic. When this happens, there is a greater chance of it being resistant to antibiotics when one gets the next infection. As a result, the infection persists in the body with a higher risk of infecting others; and a stronger antibiotic is needed to clear the infection. An ex vivo study of faecal samples incubated with various antibiotics, showed an increased proportion of gut bacteria with damaged membrane; the bacteria have been observed to possess genes with antibiotic resistance.

How does LAB Fermented Extract restore your gut health after treatment with antibiotics?

A healthy balance of gut flora is essential for many physiological processes especially protecting us against infection. LAB Fermented Extract stimulates the multiplication of the body’s resident good bacteria, increases the diversity of good bacteria, helps to restore gut flora balance as well as inhibits the growth of bad bacteria. LAB Fermented Extract is highly recommended for individuals who are fighting an infection or taking a prescribed course of antibiotics, to restore balance to their gut flora.

The Coming Crisis in Antibiotics

Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for everyone, as the bacteria they target grow more and more resistant.