Gas and Bloating: Defending Your Belly

Rumblings down there? Enzymes and probiotics may help settle things down

Gas might have been funny when you were a kid but as an adult it’s inconvenient and embarrassing. Add bloating to the mix, and your clothes don’t fit, your tummy feels tight and you’re downright uncomfortable.

Perhaps you overate, ate too close to bedtime, waited too long before meals or ate too much gas-producing beans and raw veggies. Stress can contribute, too. Gas and bloating can be symptoms of some common digestive conditions -- so always be sure to consult with your doctor if you have recurring digestive issues.

What all these factors have in common is the ability to disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in your intestinal tract. Your digestive system is home to billions of flora (microorganisms) that help maintain healthy digestion and support your immune system. When your digestive system is stressed, the balance of beneficial bacteria may dip in favor of unfriendly bacteria, and you can end up with gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation.

To help restore bacterial balance, eat more regularly, avoid overeating and try to manage stress. To add more beneficial bacteria, you may also want to eat yogurt and other fermented dairy products. Probiotic supplements are another excellent way to help restore balance -- giving your body “good” bacteria that can crowd out “bad” bacteria in your gut.

Probiotic supplements may help with occasional digestive upset. Studies show that probiotics help fortify the gastrointestinal wall and improve the gut’s ability to absorb nutrients as well as reduce gas and bloating. Probiotics are also being studied in various health areas including diarrhea, constipation, gas and more.

Some probiotics, such as the probiotic B coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (a.k.a. “BC30”), are especially good at surviving in the digestive tract. BC30 can survive the high acidity of the stomach and bile, thanks to a layer of protective proteins, delivering its “good” bacteria intact to the intestines. In fact, recent studies demonstrate that BC30 survives the stomach acid up to 10x better than other leading probiotics, delivering good bacteria where you need it.*

Digestive Advantage, a patented formula designed to quell gas and bloating, contains BC30. This probiotic colonizes the intestine, helping maintain healthy digestive function. Digestive Advantage also contains enzymes that help digest carbohydrates and thus fight flatulence, bloating and gas before they start. It’s dual-action, and, when taken with a meal, fast-acting. If you struggle with digestive issues such as gas and bloating, you may discover that Digestive Advantage is your new best friend.

*Based on median % survivability of BC30 vs. probiotic supplements and 20 probiotic yogurts in simulated gastric pH for 2 hours. Survivability and delivery of probiotic cells is one of several factors influencing overall product effect.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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