As many of us know, viruses cannot be treated by antibiotics, so the usual advice is to treat the symptoms (e.g. sore throat and sniffle) instead. But what if you supported your immune system, so that your body can respond in an optimal way?
Your body is amazing and within it lies your defence – the immune system, with its army of soldiers ready to fight off any foreign attack! What many people are not aware of, is that gut bacteria are a very important part of this army, and that the microbiota is involved in regulating our immune system.
Did you know that its estimated a whopping 70% of our immune system is in the gut. So, It stands to reason then that gut health is very important for your immune health – which is why numerous studies are investigating the use of probiotics in supporting your immune system. Individual strains such as Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus paracasei have shown improved symptoms of the common cold, with some studies showing reduction of upper respiratory tract infections in children when they were given probiotics taking these strains. Another important time to think about probiotics is after taking medication or a course of antibiotics.
So, want to learn more about the importance of probiotics, if you need to take them, and what strain you should take? Talk to our Pharmacist today.