How long should I take probiotics for?
To feel the full effect of OMNi-BiOTiC® products it is recommended that you take the product for a duration of at least one month. Of course, this may vary as it depends on the problem being treated.
The general rule of thumb is that you should take one month of OMNi-BiOTiC® for each year that you have experienced symptoms. All OMNi-BiOTiC® products are, however, suitable for continuous use.
Could taking OMNi-BiOTiC® products falsify a stool analysis?
Yes, we recommend that you stop taking probiotic products 5 days before stool collection. Afterwards, you can resume taking OMNi-BiOTiC® products as normal.
Do freeze-dried bacteria expire?
Different kinds of freeze-dried bacteria have different expiry dates, and the storage temperature and moisture levels especially are limiting factors. Regarding OMNi-BiOTiC® we can say that these probiotic products are able to withstand temperatures of up to 40 degrees and are still safe for use even one year after the expiry date – although over time fewer bacteria are viable.
How long does live bacteria survive in yoghurt?
Bacteria have an average lifespan of a few days. However, they are metabolically active only when in the exponential growth and multiplication stage, which only lasts around 24 hours. This means that the yoghurt you buy in the supermarket only contains a very small number of bacteria that will actively get to work within your body. In addition, there is a lack of dietary fibre (food for the bacteria) which prevents the bacteria from multiplying further. Therefore, only few live bacteria enter the body.
As the bacteria found in yoghurt are usually organisms from animals, this means that they do not settle well in the human body and are excreted from the body within a few days.
How often should I have bowel movements?
From a medical point of view, normal stool frequency is defined as no more than 3 times per day and at least 3 times per week. Stool frequency, along with various other criteria, is also used to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome. In babies, stool frequency of once a week up to 8 times per day is considered normal. Especially in the first few days and weeks, stool frequency for babies can fluctuate.
What are leading bacterial strains?
Leading bacterial strains are particularly strong and they can settle and multiply within the human body, even if this strain was not present in the body beforehand. These strains are also especially interesting because they can transfer their properties to other bacterial species by means of horizontal gene transfer. This is particularly relevant, for example, if C. difficile is multiplying in the body and few bacterial species are present that can kill them and reduce its toxin release. Horizontal gene transfer can enable more bacterial species to be able to carry out this activity themselves short-term.
What happens to the bacteria during the activation time?
Bacteria can survive in a freeze-dried state, but they are not active. They must be rehydrated with water and activated with the components of the matrix (e.g., inulin or FOS) to reach their full capacity.
What temperature should the water be to activate my OMNi-BiOTiC® products?
Our recommendation is to stir the product in lukewarm water, as this is similar to the natural temperature inside your gut (around 37 °C).
However, bacteria can also be rehydrated in cold water.
Hot water (above 40 °C) is not suitable. Human bacteria are not resistant to heat and temperatures about 40 °C will kill them.
Can I use anything other than water to take OMNi-BiOTiC® products?
The pH-value of water is optimal for activating freeze-dried bacteria. Their active characteristic is taken away by the freeze-drying process. However, milk, yoghurt, or lukewarm tea are also suitable for rehydrating OMNi-BiOTiC® bacteria.
In general, when choosing how to dissolve your OMNi-BiOTiC® products you should consider the following:
- The fluid should not be any warmer than 40° C
- No coffee, alcohol or anything with a highly acidic pH value such as cola, fruit juice or vingegar should be used
- No carbonated drinks if possible
Rehydration is essentially possible with any food or drink that contains moisture, for example, with something like quark spread, as the bacteria only need a very small amount of water. Even the moisture in the air is enough to enable rehydration and therefore the powders with the bacteria must be carefully protected from moisture. Institut AllergoSan does this by using sachets with multiple layers and glass bottles that should always be stored with the lid on.
How do the bacteria survive coming into contact with gastric acid?
When we selected the bacterial strains, only those were chosen from the very start that are genetically resistant to gastric acid as well as bile and pancreatic secretion. By activating the bacteria in water, they will be further strengthened to tolerate the gastric acid.
Can I use OMNi-BiOTiC® products after the expiry date?
OMNi-BiOTiC® products do not perish after the expiry date. However, we have carried out precise studies and we can guarantee that the number of bacteria shown on the sachet/per gram will survive and be active up to the expiry date.
Experience shows that the products can still be used up to one year after the expiration date and the effect of the bacteria is still noticeable.
Are OMNi-BiOTiC® products suitable for vegans?
Yes, almost all OMNi-BiOTiC® products are suitable for vegans. The only exception is OMNi-BiOTiC® metabolic, as it contains a very small amount of lactose (equivalent to lactose content in approximately 4 drops of cow’s milk).
Are OMNi-BiOTiC® products gluten free?
OMNi-BiOTiC® is free from gluten, sugar (see above) and lactose free. It does not contain any wheat protein and is produced without genetic engineering. Therefore, the products are suitable for diabetics, vegans, as well as those who suffer with a wheat allergy.
How long should you wait after taking OMNi-BiOTiC® products before eating?
Generally speaking, you can eat straight after taking OMNi-BiOTiC® products. However, it is recommended to wait around 10 to 15 minutes until the fluid has gone through your empty stomach and down into the duodenum – the first section of the small intestine.
Why do OMNi-BiOTiC® products contain so many other ingredients in addition to the bacteria?
FOS, GOS, inulin, enzymes, maltodextrin, manganese sulfate, etc. are components of the matrix through which the bacteria are nourished and activated during the rehydration phase.
This matrix is precisely tailored to which nutrients the bacteria need to start the multiplication process and is so minimal that it can already be metabolized by the microorganisms during their activation phase – in the ready-to-drink solution. This means that these components are practically no longer present, as they are consumed by the bacteria during activation.
Can you mix two different OMNi-BiOTiC® products together?
You can take both products two hours apart, but you cannot rehydrate them in the same glass, because each of the OMNi-BiOTiC® products is characterised by a unique and individual selection of bacterial strains and a matrix individualised for each product. Ideally, you should take one preparation in the morning before breakfast and the other before dinner or before you go to bed.
Are OMNi-BiOTiC® products safe for children? If so, what is the recommended dosage?
Yes, OMNi-BiOTiC® products are safe for children. For children up to the age of three, half the dosage, i.e. 1 x daily ½ measuring spoon or ½ sachet is sufficient. Children from 3 years onwards can take the adult dosage, because from this time the intestine is developed to the same stage as an adult.
Is every OMNi-BiOTiC® product suitable for babies under one year of age?
Generally speaking, all bacterial species used in OMNi-BiOTiC® products are also suitable for babies. However, some of the bacterial strains may also produce small amounts of D-lactate, which could cause wind in babies in their first year of life.
To be safe, use OMNi-BiOTiC® PANDA for babies in the first year of life. This product was developed especially focused on the needs of newborns and babies in their first year of life.
Is tube administration possible and what should be considered?
OMNi-BiOTiC® products can be administered via a gastric tube without any problems; the amount of liquid for activation can be varied as required. Administration using a duodenal tube may, however, only be carried out if the digestive tract is completely intact – i.e., there must be no inflammation of the intestine, bile, liver, or pancreas.
Is OMNi-BiOTiC® CAT&DOG only suitable for cats and dogs or also for other animals?
OMNi-BiOTiC® CAT&DOG contains two probiotic bacterial strains that are officially approved for dogs and cats. The European Commission has not approved these two strains for use with other animals.
The regulations are fairly strict as in many cases the same laws that apply to farm animals are applicable here too.
How should I take OMNi-LOGiC® products?
OMNi-LOGiC® PLUS: Stir 5 g (5 g = 1 coated measuring spoon) into approx. 200 ml of water / juice and drink at once as this product will gelatinise. The positive effect of glucomannan occurs with daily intake of 3 g in 3 portions of 1 g in combination with 1 – 2 glasses of water before meals.
We advise to start with 1/2 measuring spoon once per day for three days. Then, gradually increase the daily amount up to the recommended daily dose (1 measuring spoon 3 times per day) over a period of approximately one week.
Take the product with plenty of liquid to get into the stomach, otherwise there is a risk of suffocation in consumers with difficulty swallowing or insufficient fluid intake.
OMNi-LOGiC® IMMUNE: Stir 5 g (5 g = 1 level measuring spoon) into approx. 200 ml of water / juice one daily (no activation time required).
Start with 1/2 measuring spoon once a day for 3 days. Then increase to the full daily recommended amount of 1 measuring spoon 3 times per day. This allows your good bacteria to multiply appropriately.
Mix one level measuring scoop (5 g) with about 200 ml of liquid and stir the contents until the powder has completely and clearly dissolved. OMNi-LOGiC® FIBRE can be stirred into drinks (non-alcoholic), soups or yoghurts without changing the taste and consistency.
OMNi-LOGiC® Apple Pectin: Take 3 capsules twice daily, ideally before eating a meal.
Are OMNi-LOGiC® products suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
OMNi-LOGiC® IMMUNE, OMNi-LOGiC® Apple Pectin and OMNi-LOGiC® Fibre are suitable for vegans. OMNi-LOGiC® PLUS contains a small amount of lactose, which makes it suitable for vegetarians.
Are OMNi-LOGiC® products suitable for those with food intolerances?
How long should I take OMNi-LOGiC® products for?
This depends on your health status and goals. However, it is best to take any OMNi-LOGiC® product for at least three months. There are powerful health benefits of adding a high-quality prebiotic to your daily routine.
When should you feel the benefit of OMNi-LOGiC® products?
You likely will feel a positive effect in the first few days. The additional benefits and wellbeing should become apparent in the first few weeks.
What kind of testing is done on OMNi-LOGiC® products?
Can I take OMNi-LOGiC® products together with other dietary supplements and/or medication?
Yes, OMNi-LOGiC® products can be taken with other supplements or medication.
Are OMNi-LOGiC® products safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?
Yes, all OMNi-LOGiC® products are safe for use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.