by: Elysia Arseneau, staff writer
What does bacteria have to do with your upcoming travel plans to Florida, Costa Rica, camping or the cottage? Well, bacteria can mean the difference between spending time basking in the sun or coming down with the common cold or diarrhea (or both!).
Large crowds, confined spaces, recycled plane air and contaminated food are feeding grounds for disease-causing bugs like the Rhinovirus (the primary cause of the common cold) and E. coli (one of several bacteria responsible for food poisoning).
Consumption of probiotics has been shown to help treat and prevent gastrointestinal issues, including persistent diarrhea and IBS, and may reduce the risk and severity of common ailments including the common cold and flu-like symptoms. It's a classic case of good bacteria vs. evil bacteria, and you want to make sure that the good bacteria win!
The average human body consists of about ten trillion cells but it has about ten times that number of microorganisms, including bacteria, living in the gut. (Think about that for a second: you have ten times ten trillion microorganisms living in your gut right now!) These bacteria perform so many necessary metabolic activities that their functions are about the equivalent of having an additional vital organ. Many people joke that the bacteria in our gut actually form a "forgotten" organ.
Our gut microbes exert an especially powerful effect on our immune system, keeping it armed and ready to respond to any invaders, including bugs that you contract while on vacation or during your regular day-to-day activities. NutriChem’s own probiotic, called Nutridophilus Essentials, is a combination of 4 beneficial strains of gluten-free and dairy-free bacteria, including:
Together, these 10 billion "good" bacteria help neutralize harmful organisms before they become a larger health threat. It’s one of NutriChem’s top selling products and it’s one that our customers tell us they can’t live without!
One of the many benefits of Nutridophilus Essentials is that it’s room temperature stable: this means that you never have to worry about storing it in a refrigerator while you travel.
You asked and we listened! Nutridopholius Essentials is now available in a convenient travel pack, which includes other best-selling NutriChem products that will make your travelling a little easier.
Arm yourself with powerhouse supplements to keep you healthy on your travels, and come back relaxed and rejuvenated instead of needing another vacation.
[A version of this article appeared in our December 2013 newsletter. It has been updated and information has been added.]
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