Natural dietary supplement suitable for adults and children (from 4 years onwards) with the following recommendations:
- Take 1 sachet daily for 7 consecutive days, preferably with breakfast.
- Pour an inch of water into a tall glass, leaving plenty of room for swirling.
- Shake the sachet before gently sprinkling the powder into the glass.
- Vigorously swirl the water around in the glass making sure the powder is dissolved.
We highly recommend you take One Week Flat for 7 consecutive days. Many consumers like to take this course once a month. However, it can be taken on an ongoing basis or as desired.
- Store in a cool, dry place below 25°C (77 °F) and out of direct sunlight.
All questions answered by probiotic experts Dr. Kate Stephens PhD (Food and Microbial Sciences) BSc(Hons) Medical Microbiology and Kerry Beeson BSc (Nutritional Medicine) Nutritional Therapist.
Is One Week Flat suitable for both men and women?
Definitely! Probiotics for the gut are not gender-specific, so One Week Flat is suitable for everyone over the age of 4 years who wishes to support occasional bloating, gut health, and digestion*. This includes men, women and trans and non-binary people, too!
How often should I take One Week Flat probiotic supplements?
It is recommended to take One Week Flat every day for at least one week. After that it is down to personal preference. One Week Flat can be used in the short term, as a week-long course for those experiencing occasional bloating* or if you are looking for an affordable way to 'top up' your gut bacteria every now and then. Equally, it can be used daily on an ongoing basis if you find this suits you best. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to take it. Here are some of the ways that our loyal One Week Flat customers take this supplement:
- A 7-day course regularly every month
- A 7-day course as and when required
- One sachet every day on an ongoing basis
What does One Week Flat taste of?
One Week Flat has a fairly ‘neutral’ taste and most people find it easy and pleasant to take. You may notice a slight natural sweetness which comes from the prebiotic fibers, but you can rest assured that the supplement contains no added flavourings, sugar, or sweeteners.
I get bloated when I eat foods like dairy or gluten - can I take One Week Flat?
One Week Flat is gluten-free so is fine to be taken by those with food-related bloating. It is also suitable to be taken by those with lactose intolerance1,2,3. It contains 4 well-researched probiotic strains combined with 0.3g FOS prebiotic fibers. Individual responses to a supplement can vary, but the majority of our customers get on very well with this formulation; in fact, some people find that probiotics, such as the Lactobacillus rhamnosus Rosell-11 strain in One Week Flat, help to improve digestion* of certain foods like dairy products1,2,3.
I'm on a calorie-restricted diet. Can I take One Week Flat?
One Week Flat contains just 7.72 calories per sachet, and 0g fat. Most of the carbohydrate in the supplement comes from the prebiotic fiber (Fructooligosaccharides, also known as FOS) which is not digested, and therefore has almost no calorific value. But the FOS feeds the friendly bacteria in our gut and helps them to flourish*.
Does One Week flat help with occasional bloating?
Many probiotic strains, including those found in One Week Flat, produce digestive enzymes. These digestive enzymes are known to help break down problematic foods, preventing excessive fermentation in the gut that can cause bloating4*. The good bacteria in the supplement also help to discourage the growth of undesirable bacteria5* which tend to product a lot of gases. For these reasons, many people find that One Week Flat can be helpful for occasional bloating*.
Probiotics are not recommended for those with serious medical conditions e.g. those who are severely immunosuppressed, have pancreatitis, are in the ICU, have melaena, have a central venous catheter, infants with short bowel syndrome, or patients with open wounds following major surgery; unless under a doctor's care. Keep out of reach of children.
This is a dietary supplement and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any medical conditions. Dietary supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are taking any medications or have a serious medical condition, consult a doctor before use. Optibac supplements will not cause dependency and may be used on an ongoing basis.
1. Kocian J. (1996) ‘Further Possibilities in the Treatment of Lactose Intolerance: Lactobacilli’ Prakticky Lekar (General Practitioner). Vol. 74. pp. 212 – 214
2. Rampengan et al., (2010), ‘Comparison of efficacies between live and killed probiotics in children with lactose malabsorption’. Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health 41: 474-481
3. Oak SJ, Jha R. The effects of probiotics in lactose intolerance: A systematic review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2019;59(11):1675-1683. doi: 10.1080/10408398.2018.1425977. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PMID: 29425071.
4. D. H. Juers, B. W. Matthews and R. E. Huber, “LacZ β-galactosidase: Structure and function of an enzyme of historical and molecular biological importance,” Protein Science, vol. 21, no. 12, pp. 1792-1807, 2012.
5. Likotrafiti E, Rhoades J. Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics. Science Direct. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/probiotic-bacteria. Published 2016. Accessed September 30, 2020.