Maintain Gastrointestinal Health With FloraBoost

FloraBoost is very similar to our product, Flora Bites, in that it was designed to deliver live bacteria that promote healthy gut microflora, protect intestinal integrity and boost immune function. This formula instead contains three strains of Lactobacilli and three strains of Bifidobacteria, as well as Streptococcus thermophilus and Saccharomyces boulardii, which is an extensively researched microorganism shown to help restore microflora balance by enhancing commensal organism function.

FloraBoost - a Boost for a Child’s Digestive Health 1
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a largely balanced environment where roughly 500 different strains of bacteria compete for space and nutrients. The natural microflora balance can be disrupted by medications, like antibiotics, or poor dietary intake. The benefits of probiotics come from their ability to increase populations of healthy bacteria in the face of microflora imbalance. Research has shown the benefits of probiotics include supporting healthy bowel function, increasing the production of important short-chain fatty acids, which provide energy to the cells of the intestinal lining, boosting immune function, aiding in the digestion of difficult-to-break-down compounds like lactose and casein, and enhancing detoxification of harmful compounds. Due to probiotics being living organisms, there can be challenges to manufacturing and distributing. For probiotics to have the amazing benefits they have, they must be able to be precisely delivered to the intestinal tract, where they can offer the most advantages. Flora Bites offer this kind of protection, allowing the bacteria to remain dormant until they are exposed to moisture in the GI tract.

Deficiency

In today’s culture of food production and consumption, there is an extreme amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates consumed in the diet. With both children and adults consuming this unhealthy level of sugar and carbs, there is a large effect on the microflora in the gut, causing dysbiosis, which can cause GI disturbances and immune challenges. The best way to avoid this detrimental deficiency is to change the diet and supplement with necessary probiotics to help maintain microflora balance in the gut after these disturbances occur.

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Lactobacillus acidophilus is a beneficial bacteria strain normally found in the intestinal tract and mouth, more often used in dairy products for the production of acidophilus-type yogurt. L. acidophilus ferments a variety of carbohydrates to produce lactic acid, which then increased the absorption and bioavailability of minerals, including calcium, copper, magnesium and manganese. The production of lactic acid can also promote health by creating an environment where invading microbes cannot survive. L. acidophilus has been shown to protect intestinal cells by competing for adhesion space in the gut against harmful bacteria, such as E. coli. The specific strain of L. acidophilus has been chosen for Flora Bites because of its strong adherence and survival attributes in the GI tract. This specific strain has demonstrated in vitro to tolerate exposure to gastric acid and bile salts and has the ability to withstand antibiotics. In a study with children experiencing loose stools and mild or moderate dehydration, L. acidophilus decreased the duration of watery stools significantly more than the placebo group.

Lactobacillus paracasei (Lpc-37)

Lactobacillus paracasei has been shown to protect the harmful effects such as those from Staphylococcus aureus. L. paracasei is found in the intestinal tract by reinforcing defense mechanisms that support and immune response. It is able to do this by supporting T-healper cell production and secreting secretory IgA, an antibody crucial for supporting intestinal immunity. L. paracasei is a gastric acid-resistant strain, shown to withstand antibiotics. Together, both L. acidophilus and L. paracasei have shown to reduce duration of occasional diarrhea in children and long term loose stools.

Bifidobacterium bifidum (Bb-02)

Bifidobacterium bifidum is normal to find in a healthy infant’s GI tract and has been shown to effectively compete with harmful bacteria to promote a healthy GI tract. Several studies have shown that both S. bifidum and S. thermophilus have contributed to a healthy digestive system, leading to a child experiencing much less watery stools and a healthier gut.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus (Lr-32)

Lactobacillus rhamnosus has long been used for the prevention and treatment of occasional diarrhea in children. Studies have shown that adding L. rhamnosus to the diet through supplementation in children have reduced or prevented loose stools, while promoting GI healthy by increasing intestinal cell replication.

Streptococcus thermophilus (St-21)

Streptococcus thermophilus has reduced digestive upset, similar to the strains of bacteria specified above. This strain has been through several studies as well, resulting in patients experiencing less digestive unrest, better weight and reduced loose stool frequency.

Saccharomyces boulardii

Saccharomyces boulardii is a probiotic yeast that was first isolated from the skin of the tropical fruits lychee and mangosteen by a French scientist, Henri Boulard in 1923. Boulard observed that the natives in Southeast Asia had solved the issue of occasional diarrhea and digestive unrest with the consumption of mangosteen. S. boulardii plays a role in supporting immune defense by increasing levels of crucial antibody, sIgA, and creating a first line of defense that helps bind and clear harmful bacteria.