Survey offers cold comfort
AUSTRALIAN businesses are facing up to $4.6 billion in lost productivity this cold and flu season, according to a survey that found 46 per cent of workers would need to take sick leave.
Commissioned by a probiotic company, the survey also found that one in five workers would require more than three days away from the office.
It showed that 29 per cent of Australians did not take any proactive measures to ward off cold and flu.
Added to this, a further 15 per cent simply relied on a healthy diet to ward off viral infections.
University of Queensland scientist Dr Lai Tran said avoiding the doctor’s waiting room, hacking coughs and endless boxes of tissues could come down to gut health.
“Scientific research has shown that people who correct the bacterial balance in their gut system boost their immunity and overall health, helping to limit nasty infections such as colds, flus and other viruses,” she said.
“In fact, the world’s largest clinical study on the immune effects of probiotics confirmed that the Lactobacillus Casai Lc431 in particular reduces the duration of symptoms from the common cold and flu.”
Dr Tran said that aside from crucially boosting immunity and easing digestive troubles, good gut flora could promote many benefits for overall physical and psychological health.