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FOS to assist with candida, diarrhoea, constipation or other bowel problems

FOS is a prebiotic food that feeds the friendly intestinal bacteria, helping them to thrive and multiply for good gut health.

What's going on in your gut?

Even though we can't see them, billions upon billions of microscopic bacteria are living within our gut. These microflora, as they are known, line the walls of our colon and intestines. Some are good for us and are termed "friendly", while others, if allowed to multiply too fast, can cause health problems and infections like constipation, diarrhoea and thrush.

When the balance is correct, the friendly bacteria are useful for our continued good health. Lactobacillus acidophilus and other bifidobacteria are needed in adequate amounts to maintain a healthy bowel and correct digestive function.

As well as this, they help to synthesise some important B vitamins like B12 and Folic Acid. They also create an acid environment, which discourages the growth of the unfriendly types of bacteria and produce some important short chain fatty acids that keep the colon in an active state.

What are probiotics?

Foods that re-balance the friendly bacteria in the intestines and colon are known as probiotics. These include foods like acidophilus yoghurt and fermented yoghurt drinks. Probiotics are very fragile and need to be refrigerated. Probiotics introduce acidophilus strains into the intestines.If the composition of the intestines is different to that of the probiotic food, then this may actually be changed.

Prebiotics, on the other hand, stimulate already existing friendly bacteria to increase in numbers, by selectively feeding them, thereby leaving the natural bacterial composition of the intestines unchanged. FOS is a prebiotic food.

FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) is naturally occurring in onions, garlic, shallots, artichokes, wheat, barley and bananas. However, it would take all the FOS in 13 bananas to equal 1 teaspoon of Radiance FOS.

What is FOS used for in the body?

FOS is a natural carbohydrate, which helps the friendly bacteria in the intestines to reproduce and increase in number. FOS resists digestive enzymes and when it reaches the intestines, it is utilised selectively by certain types of lactic-acid producing bacteria, such as bifidus and acidophilus. FOS then becomes the "food" for the friendly bacteria, helping it to thrive and multiply.

How much FOS should I take?

As little as a 1/4 teaspoon sprinkled on food has the desired effect. Studies have shown that after just 1 month of taking FOS, some acidophilus strains in the intestines have increased fivefold. This is very pleasant to take and has a sweet taste.

Who should take FOS and do you need to take it with anything else?

People who suffer from health problems such as candida, diarrhoea, constipation and other bowel problems would greatly benefit from taking FOS.

For maximum benefits, FOS should be taken with a high quality acidophilus supplement, such as Primadophilus. FOS does not need to be refrigerated.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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