Sur­vey of­fers cold com­fort

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

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.

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