Does Your Probiotic Die in Your Stomach?

| Jul 23, 2015

probiotics

Digestive microbiology is a field of immense promise.

The more we learn about the 100 trillion bacteria living inside the human gut, the more we realize how absolutely essential they are for our health.

The fact of the matter, though, is that we still know very little about this miraculously well-coordinated colony of critters known as our microbiome.

It’s made up of somewhere between 500 and 1000 different species of bacteria—and while we’ve begun to nail down the roles played by some of these species, the interactions between them are still largely a mystery. The symbiosis between all these different microorganisms is almost incomprehensibly complex.   

But here’s what we do know…

Most importantly, we know that our gut flora are immeasurably important.

Despite our limited knowledge about how our internal flora do what they do, research has revealed an undeniable correlation between a healthy microbiome and overall well-being.

Healthy people display thriving, diverse colonies of bacteria, while those who are unwell exhibit either a lower bacteria count or an imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria.

From this kind of data, we’ve been able to deduce many ways in which our gut flora help our bodies function optimally. They regulate appetite and digestion, and help digest food, so that our bodies receive all the nutrients that they’re not able to extract on their own. Gut bacteria even produce amino acids, vitamins (especially vitamins B and K), enzymes, and neurotransmitters (including serotonin).

They also greatly improve immune function, regulate insulin production, and even improve cognitive health.[1]

And studies have found that a person’s microbiome can be used to uncover much more specific facts about a person’s health too. It provides a total snapshot of your health and beyond. For example, a certain pattern of microbial colonies can indicate a certain nutrient deficiency, whether or not you were breastfed when you were a baby, and even your level of education.[2]

It isn’t unreasonable to believe that one day, you’ll be able to make positive changes to your physical, mental, or emotional health by targeting a specific, corresponding aspect of your microbiome.

So what can we do for our microbiomes today?

While we’re still unraveling many of the mysteries of our bacterial symbiotes, there’s still plenty that we can do to maintain a healthy microbiome.

Avoiding antibiotics except during absolute emergencies, avoiding conventional meat and dairy (which often contains antibiotics), ditching your antibacterial hand soap and other household cleaning products, steering clear of fluoride-contaminated tap water, and eating a diet rich in prebiotic foods are all excellent ways to keep your flora healthy and happy.

Perhaps the most popular and well-documented form of microbiome management, though, is supplementation with probiotics.

It’s commonly reported that probiotics “seed” your gut with new bacterial colonies, thus changing the composition of your microbiome. What actually appears to be happening is that probiotics change the genetic expression of your existing flora.[3]

There’s another huge problem with probiotics, though: the vast majority of them can’t survive exposure to stomach acid.  Probiotics don’t always make it through the low pH environment of your stomach into your intestines, where they are most beneficial. Typically, only a small percentage of bacteria survive.

While taking some kind of probiotic is better than nothing, you really need to do your homework if you want to ensure that your supplementation has any significant effect. Studies show that probiotics made from Soil Bound Organisms (SBO’s)  are by far the heartiest kind. They’re rich in bacterial endospores—drought-tolerant super-bacteria that are strong enough to survive stomach acid and make their positive impact.

We think that the best product out there is Mega Sporebiotic. This powerful formulation includes a perfect synergy of five different bacterial strains and beneficial prebiotics.

Its quality and efficacy is absolutely unparalleled.

This product is so effective that, until very recently, it was only available through a limited number of healthcare professionals. Don’t miss this opportunity to integrate this next-generation probiotic into your life .

By lending a hand to your microbiome, you’ll soon feel that it’s a powerful key for unlocking radiant health…and you’ll understand why many health professionals consider microbiome management the future of nutrition and natural medicine.

 


References

[1] http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/06/gut-bacteria-on-the-brain/395918/

[2] https://commonfund.nih.gov/hmp/programhighlights

[3] http://besynchro.com/blogs/blog/12099793-an-owners-manual-for-your-100-trillion-gut-bacteria

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