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Probiotics - Gut and Digestive Health

  • Everyday's a School Day - A Supplement That Can Reduce Sick Days in Children

    The average UK absence rate for school children is around 4-5%, with 1 in 10 children being classed as persistently absent. While there are a number of other factors and reasons for not attending school, one of the most unnecessary is sickness, coughs and colds. Adults have around 2-3 colds per year, and children are susceptible to experience even more. There has been growing evidence that, beyond just having effects on our digestive system, probiotic supplements can positively impact our immune system.

    A systematic review in 2015 (1) concluded that probiotics reduce the number of people experiencing episodes of coughs and colds, the mean duration of the symptoms, and antibiotic use.

    Following this evidence, a further study (2) looked investigated the efficacy of Lab4 probiotics with vitamin C in reducing the symptoms of coughs and colds in young children.

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    The set up

     

    In total, 57 children aged 3-6 years were recruited and then divided into two groups. Group 1 received a placebo chewable tablet daily for 6 months while group 2 received a chewable tablet containing 12.5 billion Lab4 probiotics plus 50mg vitamin C daily for 6 months.

    The researchers then recorded the number and duration of upper respiratory tract infections (characterised by symptoms of sore throat, coughing, sneezing, blocked or runny nose), absence from preschool, visits to the GP and medication usage including antibiotics daily for 6 months.

     

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    The Results

    At the end of the 6 months, there was a 49% significant reduction in the duration of all symptoms of coughs and colds in the group taking Lab4 probiotics and vitamin C compared to placebo and a 33% significant reduction in the incidence of cough and cold symptoms in children taking the Lab4 probiotics and vitamin C.

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    Those in the probiotic group also used fewer medications such as cough and cold medicines and antibiotics, and fewer visits to the GP. What is perhaps one of the biggest findings came in the form of days off from school.

     

    There was a 30% reduction in the number of children that had at least one day off from school due to illness, as well as the total number of days off by children in the probiotic group.

    These were remarkable results and hopefully the first of more studies to investigate the effects of probiotics on the immune function of children. As there were no blood or stool samples collected during the study, the exact mechanism for how the probiotics may have had a positive impact is not clear. However, the results are a positive sign for the future of probiotic research and immune function.

    References

    1 - Hao, Q., Dong, B. R., & Wu, T. (2015). Probiotics for preventing acute upper respiratory tract infections. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2).

    2 - Garaiova, I., Muchová, J., Nagyová, Z., Wang, D., Li, J. V., Országhová, Z., ... & Ďuračková, Z. (2015). Probiotics and vitamin C for the prevention of respiratory tract infections in children attending preschool: a randomised controlled pilot study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition69(3), 373-379.


     

    If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE taking vitamins or supplements. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If pregnant or lactating, ALWAYS consult your doctor before use. Or if you have any queries about any supplement ALWAYS consult a QUALIFIED medical professional.

     

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  • Spring Marathon or Triathlon? Avoid Gut Issues During Race Day

    During endurance races like marathon running and long-distance triathlon, up to 90% of those taking part have reported gut issues during a race such as heartburn, nausea, bloating, abdominal cramps, vomiting, flatulence, the increased urge to defecate, and diarrhea [1]. While these symptoms can be mild (we have all ran behind someone with a bit of gas), they can also be detrimental to performance, and even force us to drop out of the race. There are many reasons why we experience these symptoms during endurance exercise including changes in blood flow as we redirect blood that usually goes to our gut towards our working muscles, hormonal alterations, neural effects, and the mechanical movement of exercise. However, there are things we can do to reduce the likelihood of suffering from gut problems on race day.

     

    Practice Your Race Nutrition

    When it comes to racing, may people load up on carbohydrates the day before, and then take on drinks, gels and all sorts of other foods to try to fuel their efforts. However, if you have not practiced this in training, it could spell disaster. Consuming more fluid or carbohydrates than you are used to, or that you can tolerate, can lead to bloating, cramps, nausea, as it cannot be emptied from our stomachs and then absorbed from our intestines quickly enough. On your longest runs, practice matching your planned fuelling strategy exactly. It’s not enough to sip on a sports drink or taking the odd gel in training if you are then planning on taking on board much larger amounts on race day. If you are planning on 2 gels an hour, for example, then build in training sessions where you go through the exact strategy. Use the same brands as you are going to use on race day as well. If there are only a couple weeks left until your race, all is not lost. A study from Australia has shown that runners reduced their gut symptoms during a 2 hour run after 2 weeks of ‘gut training’ by consuming carbohydrates during their training runs [2]. This lead to reductions in carbohydrate malabsorption and gut symptoms, and improvements in performance.

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    Take a bath

    It has been shown in a number of studies that greater increases in our body’s core temperature appears to lead to great gut damage and symptoms. Cooling strategies during the race such as cold drinks, water sprays, and finding shade can all help slow down the rise in core temperature. Another successful method to help is to acclimate to the heat before you even toe the start line. For those of us who maybe don’t have the time or money to head out on a warm weather training camp like the elites, there is a simpler and much more economical way to do this – taking a bath. It has been shown that taking a 40 min hot bath (40C) submerged to the neck for 6 consecutive days has a large effect on acclimating athletes to exercise in the heat [3].

    Pre-race feeding

    What you eat the day before the race can have a big impact on your chances of experiencing gut symptoms. Like what you eat during the race, you should practice your pre-race day fuelling strategy in training. The day before a long training effort, practice eating the same breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that you plan to eat the day before a race.

    In general it has been found that, before competition, consuming high amounts of fat, fibre, red meat or non-digestible, fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPs) have all been linked to gut symptoms of some sort [1, 4]. While removing all of these from your diet is obviously not advisable during everyday life – most of them are essential for our overall health – some athletes have looked to used reduced fibre diets with high glycaemic carbohydrates (e.g. white rice) and lean, easier to digest meats (e.g. chicken) in the day before a major competition.

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    Medication

    Think long and hard before taking unnecessary medications before a race. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can worsen the damage caused to our digestive tract during exercise [5]. Marathon runners report more gut symptoms after taking ibuprofen and aspirin, and show greater markers of gut damage [6].

    Probiotics

    Lab4 probiotics are the first to show potential benefits to endurance athletes during exercise. To date, Lab4 probiotics have been shown to reduce gut symptoms during training in triathletes [7], and during a marathon race in runners. When athletes have consumed Lab4 probiotics, they have reported fewer and less severe gut symptoms than those taking a placebo. This is perhaps not surprising given the probiotics have been shown to be beneficial to individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, who often share similar symptoms to endurance athletes.

    References

    1. de Oliveira, E.P., R.C. Burini, and A. Jeukendrup, Gastrointestinal complaints during exercise: prevalence, etiology, and nutritional recommendations. Sports Medicine, 2014. 44(1): p. 79-85.
    2. Costa, R.J.S., et al., Gut-training: the impact of two weeks repetitive gut-challenge during exercise on gastrointestinal status, glucose availability, fuel kinetics, and running performance. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab, 2017. 42(5): p. 547-557.
    3. Zurawlew, M.J., et al., Post-exercise hot water immersion induces heat acclimation and improves endurance exercise performance in the heat. Scand J Med Sci Sports, 2016. 26(7): p. 745-54.
    4. Lis, D., et al., Case Study: Utilizing a Low FODMAP Diet to Combat Exercise-Induced Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, 2016. 26(5): p. 481-487.
    5. Playford, R.J., et al., Co-administration of the health food supplement, bovine colostrum, reduces the acute non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced increase in intestinal permeability. Clin Sci (Lond), 2001. 100(6): p. 627-33.
    6. Smetanka, R.D., et al., Intestinal permeability in runners in the 1996 Chicago marathon. Int J Sport Nutr, 1999. 9(4): p. 426-33.
    7. Roberts, J.D., et al., An Exploratory Investigation of Endotoxin Levels in Novice Long Distance Triathletes, and the Effects of a Multi-Strain Probiotic/Prebiotic, Antioxidant Intervention. Nutrients, 2016. 8(11).

     

    If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE taking vitamins or supplements. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If pregnant or lactating, ALWAYS consult your doctor before use. Or if you have any queries about any supplement ALWAYS consult a QUALIFIED medical professional.

     

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  • GI (Gastrointestinal) Symptoms During Exercise

    Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are generally thought of as heartburn, nausea, bloating, abdominal cramps, vomiting, flatulence, the increased urge to defecate, and diarrhea. This wide range of symptoms each have their own and overlapping causes and so it is difficult to identify a single factor. Changes in blood flow, hormonal alterations, neural effects, psychological stress, mechanical movement during exercise, dehydration, our diets - even altitude, medications, and the climate can all have effects on our digestive tract and be a potential cause of gut symptoms.

    When it comes to gut symptoms during exercise, endurance athletes typically report more gut symptoms than athletes from other sports – especially long distance runners. Up to 90% of ultramarathon runners report gut symptoms during racing, and describe symptoms as a leading cause of under-performing [1]. Across sports, while athletes tend not to report this same high frequency of symptoms, there is still a significant number that reports symptoms severe enough that they affect an athlete’s quality of life [2]. But what are some of the common factors that could lead to some of these symptoms?

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    Diet

    In general it has been found that, before competition, consuming high amounts of fat, fibre, red meat or non-digestible, fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPs) have all been linked to gut symptoms of some sort [3, 4]. While removing all of these from your diet is obviously not advisable during everyday life – most of them are essential for our overall health – some athletes have looked to used reduced fibre diets with high glycaemic carbohydrates (e.g. white rice) and lean, easier to digest meats (e.g. chicken) in the day before a major competition.

    Stress

    In the general public, persistent GI symptoms are associated with psychological traits such as stress and anxiety [5, 6]. In a group of triathletes, GI symptoms were perceived to be worse when psychological stress was present [7]. Athletes have also reported GI symptoms directly before competition, believed to be from psychological stress [8]. . It is also believed that psychological stress can result in changes in intestinal permeability, more commonly known as ‘leaky gut’ [9].

    Excess or Unaccustomed Carbohydrate and Fluid

    Eating or drinking large amounts of carbohydrates as either gels or drinks during endurance races is a common practice by both elite and non-elite athletes. However, taking on large amounts of these, having never done so before, can spell disaster. Our guts will have not been trained to empty these from our stomachs, and absorb them from our small intestine quickly enough. This can lead to them being malabsorbed – and the reason why many endurance athletes report gut symptoms during the later stages of a race. If you plan to take on any fuel during exercise, you need to train your guts and practice it in training. Start with small amounts, eventually building up until you are mimicking the exact same fuelling strategy you want to use during competition.

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    Dehydration

    Exercise, particularly in the heat ( when athletes report more gut symptoms, can lead to dehydration because of sweat loses. Dehydration has been shown to be another factor to affect GI symptoms [10-12]. This may be due to the increase in gut damage that occurs during exercise when individuals restrict their fluid intake [11].

    Medication

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can change our gut permeability [13]. This may be the reason why marathon runners report more gut symptoms after taking ibuprofen and aspirin [14]. Additionally, one of the common side effects of anti-biotics is diarrhea.

     

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    References

    1. Hoffman, M.D. and K. Fogard, Factors related to successful completion of a 161-km ultramarathon. Int J Sports Physiol Perform, 2011. 6(1): p. 25-37.
    2. Pugh, J.N., et al., Gastrointestinal symptoms in elite athletes: time to recognise the problem? Br J Sports Med, 2018. 52(8): p. 487-488.
    3. de Oliveira, E.P., R.C. Burini, and A. Jeukendrup, Gastrointestinal complaints during exercise: prevalence, etiology, and nutritional recommendations. Sports Medicine, 2014. 44(1): p. 79-85.
    4. Lis, D., et al., Case Study: Utilizing a Low FODMAP Diet to Combat Exercise-Induced Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, 2016. 26(5): p. 481-487.
    5. Hauser, G., S. Pletikosic, and M. Tkalcic, Cognitive behavioral approach to understanding irritable bowel syndrome. World J Gastroenterol, 2014. 20(22): p. 6744-58.
    6. Koloski, N.A., N.J. Talley, and P.M. Boyce, The impact of functional gastrointestinal disorders on quality of life. Am J Gastroenterol, 2000. 95(1): p. 67-71.
    7. Sullivan, S.N., Exercise-associated symptoms in triathletes. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 1987. 15(9): p. 105-108.
    8. Worobetz, L.J. and D.F. Gerrard, Gastrointestinal symptoms during exercise in Enduro athletes: prevalence and speculations on the aetiology. N Z Med J, 1985. 98(784): p. 644-6.
    9. Mayer, E.A., Gut feelings: the emerging biology of gut-brain communication. Nat Rev Neurosci, 2011. 12(8): p. 453-66.
    10. Glace, B., C. Murphy, and M. McHugh, Food and fluid intake and disturbances in gastrointestinal and mental function during an ultramarathon. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab, 2002. 12(4): p. 414-27.
    11. Lambert, G., et al., Fluid restriction during running increases GI permeability. International journal of sports medicine, 2008. 29(3): p. 194-198.
    12. Rehrer, N.J., et al., Fluid intake and gastrointestinal problems in runners competing in a 25-km race and a marathon. Int J Sports Med, 1989. 10 Suppl 1: p. S22-5.
    13. Playford, R.J., et al., Co-administration of the health food supplement, bovine colostrum, reduces the acute non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug-induced increase in intestinal permeability. Clin Sci (Lond), 2001. 100(6): p. 627-33.
    14. Smetanka, R.D., et al., Intestinal permeability in runners in the 1996 Chicago marathon. Int J Sport Nutr, 1999. 9(4): p. 426-33.

     

    If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE taking vitamins or supplements. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. If pregnant or lactating, ALWAYS consult your doctor before use. Or if you have any queries about any supplement ALWAYS consult a QUALIFIED medical professional.

     

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  • Lab4 Probiotic Study Timeline

    To date Lab4 Probiotics have been shown to have a range of benefits for different populations. Studies have shown benefits to; newborn babies, infants, expectant mothers, IBS sufferers, individuals who may suffer from mild anxiety, and (most recently) weekend warriors and elite athletes. Lab4 is one of the most studied probiotic products in the world. Below is a summary timeline of the main research to date. This research has been ran at some of the UK’s most prestigious universities and published in scientific, peer-reviewed journals.

    [icon_timeline timeline_style="jstime" timeline_line_color="#939393" time_block_bg_color="#ffffff" time_sep_bg_color="#00abb7" tl_animation="tl-animation-slide-out"][icon_timeline_feat time_title="1994 - Lab4 Consortium Established" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:28px;"]Nigel and Sue Plummer established Cultech Ltd with the vision for a company that had research at its heart.

    Probiotic bacteria are isolated from healthy human microbiota and then screened for their ability to survive and thrive in the human digestive system. Four stains are selected and then subsequently used in Lab4 Probiotics:

    Two strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus, one Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis and a Bifidobacterium bifidum.[/icon_timeline_feat][icon_timeline_item time_title="2001 - The First PhD Thesis" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:22px;"]in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, containing research specifically relating to Lab4 Probiotics is published; Madden J A J (2001). The effects of probiotic supplementation on the response of the intestinal microflora to antibiotic therapy. The studies from this thesis would later be published in Scientific peer-review journals.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2004 - The Cambridge Clostridium difficile Study" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:22px;"]Lab4 Probiotics Clostridium difficile Study

    The Cambridge Clostridium difficile Study was the first published scientific paper on the Lab4 probiotic strain. This published study showed that supplementation with Lab4 probiotics can reduce the incidence of C. difficile diarrhea in hospitalised patients - around 70% of patients taking antibiotics reported suffering with diarrhea, while only 20% did when supplementing with Lab4 at the same time.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2005 - The Cambridge Probiotic and Antibiotic Trials" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:22px;"]

    Two more papers published showing the benefits of Lab4 for those individuals undergoing antibiotic treatment. The first showed Lab4 probiotics alongside antibiotic therapy reduced the overgrowth of undesirable and potentially harmful bacteria both during and following antibiotic therapy. The second showed that Lab4 probiotics alongside antibiotic therapy has been shown to reduce the extent of gut microbiota disruption AND to reduce the level of antibiotic resistance within the ‘re-growth’ microbiota.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2008 - The Sheffield IBS Trial" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:22px;"]Lab4 Probiotics Sheffield IBS Trial

    Lab4 probiotics significantly reduced total gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g.  bloating and pain) and improved scores for satisfaction with bowel habit and quality of life in diagnosed IBS sufferers. Continued supplementation was considered necessary to sustain this improvement.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2010 - Safety in Newborns Study" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:22px;"]lab4 probiotics safety in newborns

    Study confirms that the use of Lab4b probiotic is perfectly safe for mums-to-be and their healthy newborn babies. No differences were found in total adverse events either in the mums-to-be or the babies between the Lab4b probiotic group and the placebo group. Symptoms, drug usage, infant growth, method of feeding, visits to the doctor, and mothers' assessment of infant health were similar between Lab4 and placebo.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2013 - The Cambridge IBS Study" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:22px;"]lab4 probiotics cambridge ibs trial

    More good news for IBS patients. The supplementation of IBS sufferers with Lab4 probiotics prior to and alongside antibiotics was shown to provide protection against overgrowth by yeasts.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_feat time_title="2014 - Aliment fund PhD" title_font_size="desktop:22px;" title_font_color="#00abb7"]Jamie Pugh PhD

    Aliment Nutrition begins work with Liverpool John Moores University to investigate Lab4 Probiotics and their effectiveness in sport. Jamie Pugh begins to work with Prof. Graeme Close (Performance Nutritionist England RFU) and Prof. James Morton (Performance Nutritionist Team Sky).[/icon_timeline_feat][icon_timeline_item time_title="2014 - The Swansea Baby Study" title_font_color="#00abb7" title_font_size="desktop:22px;"]lab4 probiotics swansea baby trial

    This large randomised, double blind, placebo controlled study was designed to evaluate whether Lab4b probiotics given during infancy could prevent allergy in children. Babies given the Lab4b probiotics were 57% less likely to develop atopic eczema than those receiving the placebo. The babies given Lab4b were 44% less likely to develop allergic reaction to common allergens, including pollen, cow’s milk, egg and house dust mite.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2014 - The Keele Study" title_font_size="desktop:22px;" title_font_color="#00abb7"]lab4 probiotics Keele study

    A study to examine the effects of Lab4 probiotics on general feelings of anxiety, mood and cognitive function in healthy individuals. Lab4 probiotics significantly decreased ‘trait’ anxiety levels compared to the placebo group, where the ‘trait’ anxiety levels increased over the course of the 6 weeks supplementation.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2015 - The ProChild Study" title_font_size="desktop:22px;" title_font_color="#00abb7"]

    This study investigated the efficacy of Lab4 probiotics with vitamin C in significantly reducing the symptoms of coughs and colds in young children, who are the most susceptible age group. Results found:

    - 49% reduction in the duration of all symptoms of coughs and colds in the group taking Lab4 probiotics and Vitamin C compared to placebo
    - 33% reduction in the incidence of cough and cold symptoms in children taking the Lab4 probiotics and Vitamin C
    - 30% significant reduction in the incidence of absenteeism from school in children taking the Lab4 probiotics and Vitamin C. The number of days with absence due to coughs and colds alone were virtually halved in children taking the Lab4 probiotics and Vitamin C
    - The number of visits to the GP for any reason was reduced by 43% with the use of Lab4 probiotics and Vitamin C[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2016 - The Hertfordshire Study" title_font_size="desktop:22px;" title_font_color="#00abb7"]lab4 probiotics hertfordshire study

    A randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled study aimed to assess the effect of a 12-week Lab4 probiotic/prebiotic/antioxidant intervention on gut symptoms, endotoxin levels, intestinal permeability and race time in recreational athletes.
    Faster race times were observed with Lab4 probiotics compared to placebo group.
    A significantly faster time was reported for Lab4 probiotics group during the cycle stage of the triathlon.

     

    Gut symptoms (bloating, nausea, stomach/intestinal pain or discomfort, cramping, headaches, dizziness, constipation and diarrhoea) severity scores during training were significantly lower in both Lab4 probiotic groups compared to the placebo group.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title="2017 - Liverpool John Moores Studies" title_font_size="desktop:22px;" title_font_color="#00abb7"]

    Studies are undertaken to assess the effects of probiotics for endurance athletes. Soon to be published data shows that Lab4 Probiotics increase cyclists ability to use carbohydrate sports drinks that they consume during exercise. In the second study, Lab4 Probiotics reduce gut symptoms in marathon runners. Marathon runners report less symptoms during training and less symptoms during a marathon race - which lead to improvements in performance. Keep an eye out for these studies to be published in full later this year.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_feat time_title="Other Current Ongoing Projects" title_font_size="desktop:22px;" title_font_color="#00abb7"]- Development of a dynamic intestinal in vitro gut model to refine and reduce animal models. Cardiff University, UK
    - The impact of Manufacturing on Probiotic Functionality. Swansea University, UK
    - The anti-inflammatory actions of the Lab4 consortium of probiotics in atherosclerosis. Cardiff University, UK
    - The anti-inflammatory actions of a novel combination product in atherosclerosis. Cardiff University

    - The effects of probiotics on carbohydrate metabolism during exercise in the heat. Liverpool John Moores University, UK[/icon_timeline_feat][/icon_timeline]

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  • Probiotics on the Track!

     

    As part of my most recent study to look at the effects of probiotic supplementation on gastrointestinal damage and symptoms during endurance exercise, we recruited 26 participants to run an entire marathon race around the athletics track (just over 105 laps).

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  • Probiotics and Intense Exercise Part 2: Close to the Finishing Line

     

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  • Probiotics and Intense Exercise Study

     

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  • Probiotics with Dr Nigel Plummer

    In the 3rd part of our video series we ask Dr Nigel Plummer to tell us about probiotics -

    What are they?

    What are their benefits?

    What makes a good probiotic?

     

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  • Colds, Sniffles, Sneezing & Flu

     

    The winter months often are often associated as the time of year when we are more susceptible to coughs and colds. The common cold is one of the most widespread illnesses and is a leading cause of visits to the doctor and absenteeism from school and work. Although there has never been a definitive explanation why we might be more at risk during the colder months, there are some evidence-based recommendations as to how we can reduce either the number of colds we encounter or how long they last. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the fact and fiction of some of the most popular supplements for the cold season.

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