Jayne (a Pain-Free Living subscriber) asked a question about something that has affected pretty much ALL of us at one time or another...and sent us rocketing to the bathroom.
My partner has recently suffered from gastroenteritis following a meal he ate. This was about 3 weeks ago and although he is a lot better he is still having stomach problems. We wondered what he should be doing to improve this and would be grateful for any advice.
Ah, yes. Good old gastroenteritis. Also known as food poisoning or the stomach bug, depending on what caused it.
Most of us are familiar with the symptoms--MAJOR diarrhea and vomiting, fever, headache, chills and wicked abdominal pain. Having it come out "both ends at once." Praying to be put out of your misery.
About the only good thing that can be said about it is it's a quick way to shed a few pounds if you need to :-)
But it's no laughing matter, especially when it comes to very young children who are at risk for dehydration or the elderly who can go on to develop pneumonia and other possibly life-threatening complications.
Now, gastroenteritis can be either bacterial or viral, depending on the source.
Bacterial gastroenteritis (food poisoning) typically comes from food that has been tainted with dangerous bacteria during processing (such as meat contamination in slaughterhouses) or not handled properly or cooked thoroughly (such as not washing cutting boards thoroughly or leaving mayonnaise-based foods in the heat).
It's currently estimated that as much as 40% of the poultry available for purchase is tainted with dangerous bacteria, plus the barbecue season (with all its macaroni and potato salads) is still in full swing, so the odds are pretty good that your number may come up soon.
Better have a clear path to the bathroom.
Viral gastroenteritis (aka the stomach bug) comes from an infected person and is EXTREMELY contagious. The viruses that usually cause it are rotavirus and norovirus.
Note that you don't even need body-to-body contact -- it's enough to just touch a utensil or door handle that the infected person has touched.
You can wash your hands all day long, but if you happen to get the virus on your hand and touch your nose, eyes or mouth before the next hand washing, you too can be getting personal with your toilet bowl very soon.
Better stock up on toilet paper.
Now, viral gastroenteritis is sneaky...
Because people who've had it can pass it to others for a whole week AFTER their symptoms have disappeared.
That's why outbreaks of it occur in places where those infected come into contact with large numbers of people, like restaurants, school cafeterias and college dorms. The person handling the dishes, serving the food or cleaning the restrooms thinks they're recovered because they feel better, yet they sprinkle the rotavirus or norovirus on everything they touch.
Wait it out
The typical treatment for gastroenteritis really isn't "treatment" at all -- more like waiting for the agony to pass and staying hydrated. Just rest, drink fluids and eat bland foods as tolerated while you wait it out.
But that's not all you can do.
Because probiotics are showing GREAT promise in the treatment and prevention of both bacterial AND viral gastroenteritis.
Bacterial (food borne) gastroenteritis:
The friendly flora (probiotics) in your intestines can inhibit the growth of many common food borne pathogens, including Salmonella, Shigella, Enterococcus faecalis and E. coli.
This is why some people get sick on a fairly regular basis and others never ever seem to get sick...they have more friendly bacteria in their gut.
One strain in particular that resides in the small intestine (Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1) has been proven to be VERY effective at inhibiting growth of some of the most deadly food borne monsters including Salmonella and E. coli.
Viral gastroenteritis (stomach bug)
The probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus has been shown to be a superstar against stomach bug, according to various studies.
Here's one for example:
A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition was conducted in several European medical centers on 287 children age 1 month to 3 years, all of whom had been hospitalized with diarrhea.
140 of the children were given the standard electrolyte solution for hydration, and the other 147 were given the same solution, with just one difference --
Lactobacillus rhamnosus was added. The parents of the kids did not know which solution their child had been given.
On average, the duration of the diarrhea was reduced by nearly 13 hours in the L. rhamnosus group. And for the kids in the group whose diarrhea was caused by rotavirus, the diarrhea was reduced by a full 24 hours!
The probiotic group also had shorter hospital stays overall.
Regardless of whether it's bacterial or viral, the miserable wrath of gastroenteritis is something you want to avoid at all cost.
Since it is so common and can affect anyone at any time, we included BOTH Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 (to fight food poisoning) AND a research grade strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus (to counteract the stomach bug) in
Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula.
Those two strains, plus the other 11 medical-grade bacterial strains in Super Shield strengthen your immune system, which can help you more effectively fight gastroenteritis, or help prevent it in the first place.
If you're one of the unlucky ones who has gastroenteritis right now and want your misery to end sooner, or if you don't have it but want to do all you can to prevent it, Super Shield is literally your "shield" against food poisoning and stomach bugs.
And even if you have it and are on the long road to recovery (like Jayne's partner), Super Shield may assist in the rebuilding of your immune system after the major hit it just took and help prevent you from catching something else.
You can learn more about and order Super Shield here.
To your health,
PS: It's also important to eat the right foods to fight gastroenteritis. The typical modern diet most people have encourages harmful bacteria overgrowth, which can weaken your body's natural defenses and decrease your population of gastroenteritis-fighting friendly bacteria. The Great Taste No Pain health system can show you how to eat for great health and a strong immune system while loving every bite! Learn more about it here.
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