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In todays Examiner, Eamonn discusses probiotics and how good bacteria can help ease bloating

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Good bacteria and how they can help ease bloating

The word “probiotic” literally translates “for life”. The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes probiotics as “live organisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”. There are many probiotic ranges on the market but many of them have inadequate number of live bacteria. Therefore, when choosing a probiotic, it is very important to stick to a product that contains at least 10 million “good bacteria” from the lactobacillus or bifidobacterial families per dose. A scientifically proven probiotic like the Optibac range is important if you want to get the benefit of probiotics. The high sugar content of popular probiotic yogurts and drinks available in supermarkets counteracts the benefits of the probiotics. Optibac® range of probiotics is scientifically tested and proven, is sugar free and is available from Whelehans Pharmacies n Mullingar. Topping up your system with probiotics (aka good bacteria) will aid digestion, discouraging the production of waste gases, and help to reduce bloating, naturally. 

Probiotic designed to ease bloating

In Whelehans, we encounter many who suffer from a heavy or bloating feeling after eating, in some cases even after only eating very little. We have discovered that OptiBac One Week Flat’® has been the solution for many people. This suggests that in many cases, these uncomfortable symptoms are simply caused by an imbalance in the natural microflora in the gut. For those suffering from regular abdominal discomfort after eating, I would suggest trying what I call the “Optibac test” to see if Optibac® probiotics can relieve your symptoms. The influential and respected Health Science Institute in the UK recommended Optibac “One Week Flat” ® as a means of supporting your digestion and banishing bloating.

However, I would like to emphasise that abdominal bloating and discomfort can be due to numerous other causes like gastric oesophageal reflux disease, crohns disease, coeliac disease, food intolerance or irritable bowel disease, many of which will need medical assessment and can be successfully controlled. So always check with your GP.

Why choose Optibac?

OptiBac ‘One Week Flat’® is a probiotic and prebiotic supplement specifically made for those with abdominal bloating.  It guarantees 5 billion probiotic microorganisms per daily dose, including acidophilus. The benefit of Optibac probiotics is that there is no need to refrigerate, no artificial sweeteners, colours or flavourings, there is significant research and documentation with each strain, the bacteria survive through your stomach acid and the number of live probiotics are guaranteed until expiry. OptiBac ‘One Week Flat® cost €9 per pack in Whelehans Pharmacies.

Disclaimer: Supplements are not meant as a substitute for a balanced diet and are not medicines so not a substitute for intervention from your health professional


For comprehensive and free health advice and information call in to Whelehans Pharmacies, log on to or dial 04493 34591 (Pearse St) or 04493 10266 (Clonmore).

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