I’ve just come back from an overseas trip, and I thought that a series on my ‘first aid kit’ supplements might be useful.
These ‘first aid kit’ items are those that I have to manage mild and common conditions like stomach upsets, headaches, cramp, period pain, colds etc.
For me this first one is a ‘must have’ item that is always in my house, and definitely in my hand luggage in case of stomach upset.
First up is Saccharomyces boulardii (SB).
This handy bug is a yeast, and has all kinds of uses for looking after your digestive system when it is at risk or under attack from illness-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites.
I won’t go into all the details of how (they are many and clever), but there is more information in the link if you want to get technical.
In case of infection:
SB can be used to reduce the symptoms and severity of stomach upset (vomiting and diarrhoea) from various causes (antibiotic-associated, food poisoning, ‘gastro’, giardia, Clostridium difficile etc).
Protection against infection:
SB can be used preventatively when travelling to prevent traveller’s diarrhoea. It can also be used by healthy people if they come into contact with someone with an infection to reduce their chance of infection.
To enhance recovery and protect against reinfection:
SB helps probiotics from supplements or fermented foods to repopulate the gut faster and strongly after antibiotics or infection. SB also improves the health of the cells of the intestines after an infection.
SB may have other uses, but these are the ‘first aid’ ones.
SB is generally regarded as safe for children and adults. Always check product labels for specific allergy and ingredient information
If vomiting and diarrhoea are dramatic or persistent then there is risk of dehydration, so a medical opinion should be sought if in doubt.
This post does not constitute medical advice.
Clostridium difficile plushie from Giant Microbes.