Friday, January 21, 2011

Health - Be Shielded From the Stomach Flu Bug

Hi John
In the last week I've probably spoken to or heard of dozens of people who have been "worshipping the porcelain god."
They all have Viral Gastroenteritis--better known as the "stomach bug" or "stomach flu."  'Tis that time of year and it's got many people flat on their back for a week or better.
Most of us are familiar with the symptoms--MAJOR diarrhea and vomiting, fever, headache, chills and wicked abdominal pain. 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.
Viral gastroenteritis is EXTREMELY contagious. The viruses that usually cause it (rotavirus and norovirus) are transmitted from an infected person. But you don't even need bodily 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 and use the best soap, but if you happen to get the virus on your hand and touch your nose, eye or mouth before the next hand washing, you too can be getting personal with your toilet bowl very soon.
Now, viral gastroenteritis (the flu bug) 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 situations where food handlers serve large numbers of people, like restaurants, school cafeterias and college dorms. The person serving the food thinks they're recovered because they feel better, yet they spread the rotavirus or norovirus to everyone whose food they're touching.
The typical treatment for viral gastroenteritis really isn't "treatment" at all--more like waiting for the hell to pass. Just rest, drink fluids and eat bland foods as tolerated while you wait it out.
But that's not all you can do.
Probiotics are showing GREAT promise in the treatment and prevention of viral gastroenteritis (the flu).
The Study
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...the probiotic strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus was added. The parents of the kids did not know which solution their child had been

The Results
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.
Very impressive indeed!
The miserable wrath of viral gastroenteritis is a primary reason why Lactobacillus rhamnosus was put into Super Shield research-grade probiotic formula.
In addition to helping to curb diarrhea caused by rotavirus and norovirus, L. rhamnosus has shown to help relieve constipation, prevent lactose intolerance, alleviate symptoms of IBD and IBS and ease yeast and urinary symptoms.
Plus all 13 medical-grade bacterial strains in Super Shield have shown to strengthen the immune system, which can help prevent the stomach flu from occurring in the first place.
If you're one of the unlucky ones who has the stomach bug 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 this nasty virus.
And even if you've had the bug and are on the road to recovery, 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,
Sherry Brescia
PS:  It's also important to nourish the friendly bacteria in your gut with real foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Great Taste No Pain system shows you how to incorporate these foods into your diet, love every bite, and stay pain-free from digestive disorders. Learn more about Great Taste No Pain here.
PPS:  Do you have gluten sensitivity but are still in pain even with a gluten-free diet? That's likely because you're eating the wrong foods together and slowing down your digestion. Great Taste No Gluten will teach you about smart food pairing that will help keep moving along the digestion path, as well as help keep you gluten-free. Check it out here:
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