Digestive & liver health Archives - Eurobio

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Diarrhea is defined as passing loose or watery stools 3 or more times a day. Many people get diarrhea a few times a year. Generally, most incidences will be resolved after a day or two. It is usually enough just to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

However, diarrhea in babies, young children and elderly can quickly become dangerous as they are at risk of dehydration and this will lead to life threatening conditions.

Common causes of diarrhea include:

  • Food poisoning from food contaminated by a virus or bacteria
  • Travelers’ diarrhea
  • Inflammation of the gut lining
  • Some medications that disrupt the balance of bacteria in the gut, including antibiotics

Probiotics, also known as the good bacteria, are the health enhancing bacteria which help reestablish the gastrointestinal beneficial micro flora and alleviate heath disorders.

Probiotics have shown to play a role in preventing and treating diarrhea. Studies have shown that probiotics help to shorten the duration of diarrhea and reduce stool frequency, in other words it made the diarrhea go away faster.

During an infection, bad bacteria enter our body and increase in number. Moreover, antibiotics will also kill off bacteria in our gut, whether it is good or bad bacteria. Besides, traveling exposes us to many types of microorganisms that are not typically introduced to our digestive system, which can also cause diarrhea. All these will knock our gastrointestinal micro flora out of balance.

Probiotics help to fight off the bad bacteria and restore the balance of normal flora in our gut, making us feel better.

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Death and diseases related to smoking are always a public health challenge around the world. Majority of us associate smoking with lung diseases, but many do not know that smoking causes a variety of unwanted effects that have no direct contact with the smoke itself, for example the liver. Our liver is an important organ that has many tasks, and one of them is to process toxins and remove them from our body.

Cigarette smoke produces various chemical substances with cell damaging properties that will induce oxidative stress on the liver and in turn increase inflammation and scarring of the liver cells.

Although smoking by itself may not cause liver cancer, it increases the risk of it, especially for those already living with an unhealthy liver eg: people with hepatitis.

Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for the onset of fatty liver disease in nondrinkers. According to studies, the more you smoke the risk of getting fatty liver disease increases.

These are some few tips to help you quit smoking and lead a healthy life and liver:

  • Set a quit date for smoking.
  • Eat food rich in anti-oxidants as chemicals in cigarette smoke will cause a lot of oxidative stress to our body.
  • Take Milk Thistle and other supporting herbal supplements to remove the toxins from our body.

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The digestive system is made up of the digestive tract which consists of a long, twisting tube and a series of organs from the mouth to the anus. This includes the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine, together with the liver, gall bladder, and pancreas.

The primary function of the digestive system is to break down the food we eat into smaller parts so our body can use them to build and nourish cells and provide energy, and package the residue for waste disposal.

Gastrointestinal tract, being one of the most important parts of the digestive system, is populated with over 400 different species and close to 100 trillion of bacteria. The balance of these bacteria is the key to good health. However, the “balancing act” of the microorganisms in our gastrointestinal tract can be thrown off in various ways such as:

  • Drug usage like antibiotics
  • Illness
  • Aging
  • Poor diet
  • Traveling
  • Stress

An imbalance of these microorganisms will lead to health problems and gastrointestinal disturbances such as:

  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

You can adapt some changes in your lifestyle and take these positive steps to maintain the health of your digestive system:

  • Eat a healthy diet. Increase fibre consumption and drink plenty of water
  • Eat moderately, slowly and regularly. Try not to eat in a rush and do not overeat
  • Exercise regularly
  • Reduce/manage stress levels
  • Quit smoking
  • Take probiotics to restore the imbalance of microorganisms

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