More and more these days I keep hearing about the benefits of probiotics. I have actually tried a few different types in the past including the capsules from the health store to the probiotic yogurt in the grocery store. If you have ever taken antibiotics in the past, then you will benefit from taking a probiotic supplement.
How do they actually work? Well, they help keep the digestive system working properly. Antibiotics kill all the good flora in your intestines. This can cause moderate to severe diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. With all the ear infections and strep throat that is going around, its important to know the side effects of being on antibiotics. It’s like getting rid of one problem (the infection) just brings on another (digestive issues)! 1 in 5 people will suffer from AAD (Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea.
I had the opportunity to review the probiotic supplement, Florastor. It is a clinically-tested, natural, yeast-based probiotic that aids in the growth of good microorganisms in the intestines while destroying and removing the bad or disease causing microorganisms. After undergoing intensive voluntary testing, Florastor has been clinically tested and sold all over the world for the past 50 years. It is the #1 selling probiotic worldwide. The active ingredient in Florastor is Saccharomyces boulardii lyo and it has been clinically tested for over 50 years. Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it!
I received samples for both the Florastor (for adults) and Florastor Kids. Florastor Kids can be safely given to babies and children from the age of 2 months old. While the adult formula is a capsule to be swallowed, the kid’s version is in powder version that can be dissolved in applesauce or beverages.
We have been lucky so far this season to not get sick (knock on wood), but I would definitely want to use this product on both myself and my kids to help replenish the good bacteria that gets wiped out by the antibiotic. Another unique point about Florastor is that it is a yeast probiotic so it will not be killed off by antibiotics like the bacterial probiotics.
Florastor is available in bottles of 10 capsules for $9.95, 50 capsules for $39.95 or a 20-capsule blister pack for $21.95. Florastor Kids is available in a box of 10 powder packets for $11.95 and in a box of 20 powder packets for $19.95. You can purchase Florastor from most pharmacies across the US. Visit their website to find a store that carries it near you.
I feel better armed with another tool under my belt that both me or my kids could benefit from if we do get sick this flu season and need to take antibiotics.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.