What are minor digestive issues?
Minor digestive issues in a healthy population most commonly include bloating, gas, rumbling and discomfort and can be caused by many different factors.1,2,3 The general population experiences gut-derived minor digestive issues as part of the usual physiological digestive process.4 However, there is limited research focusing on the effects of probiotics on gastrointestinal (GI) well-being in the general population.1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,
Gastrointestinal discomfort associated with gas, like bloating and rumbling are among the most frequent minor digestive issues in the general population. For instance, 40-50% or more of the general Western population frequently experiences one or more unpleasant gut-related sensations.1 These disturbances are well known to be uncomfortable and can considerably impact the daily life of those affected.
How can Activia® help?
Two recent double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled studies show the effect of Activia in reducing the frequency of minor digestive issues like bloating, gas, rumbling, and discomfort.11,12 Both studies were designed to investigate the effect of Activia on different GI outcomes, including GI well-being and frequency of minor digestive issues.
Activia makes probiotic yogurts and smoothies that contain the exclusive culture Bifidus Regularis, which has been proven to survive passage through the gastrointestinal tract in sufficient numbers for Activia to have its beneficial effects. Activia is the only yogurt with the exclusive probiotic Bifidus Regularis and may reduce the frequency of minor digestive issues like bloating, gas, discomfort and rumbling, when consumed twice per day for four weeks as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
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