Everything from our skin & bone health to how strong our immune systems are, and even our emotional wellness, are all affected by the health and diversity of our gut flora. Building a strong army of good gut bacteria is your best defense against a multitude of diseases and other health issues. One of the best ways to build up your army is with probiotics.
Normally when we think of probiotics we think of fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir, pickles, and kombucha. And if we’re not getting it from a food sources it’s usually a supplement found in the refrigerated section of your health food store. These probiotics are extremely beneficial, and I personally eat pickles and sauerkraut like it’s nobody’s business, but these probiotics are not perfect.
They Have a Weakness
A major weakness of probiotics is how sensitive they are. If conditions like air pressure, light, and temperature aren’t perfect the bacteria can die before you even have a chance to consume them. Sure, YOU might take extra precaution when storing these little buggers, but the real massacre happens before they get to your house during the packing, shipping, and shelving process. So by the time they reach your refrigerator they most likely have already died.
If they survive the journey to your refrigerator, however, they still have to survive your stomach acid in order to make it into your gut. Which many do not.
But don’t give up on these probiotics just yet! Research proves that even dead probiotics are beneficial for the immune system; though their live counterparts are far superior.
So how do you get live, healthy bacteria to survive long enough make it into your gut?
Let me explain. During the evolution of our microbiome we were exposed to a myriad of soil based organisms (SBO) through our diet. The bits of dirt ingested with our unwashed, unpeeled foods, like vegetables, wild plants, roots, etc. made it into our digestive tract where it colonized the gut. These soil based organisms (SBO) are hardy and can survive changes in light, temperature, and air pressure like it’s a walk in the park. And stomach-acid, psh! That’s child-play for these gut flora power-houses.
With today’s modern diet, conventional farming practices, lack of outdoor play, and our culture’s obsession with disinfecting everything, dirt rarely makes it into our regime anymore. So how the heck do you get quality SBO’s?
Use Quality Soil Based Probiotics
Just like with anything you put into your body, quality matters. And since soil based probiotics contain spore forming organisms it’s important that you buy from a quality brand.
I know, spore forming organisms sounds like something from the movie Alien, but similar to the stigma around cholesterol and fat, there are good kinds and there are bad kinds. The good kind of SBO’s being endospore forming organisms. Endospore forming organisms are inactive in the body. It isn’t until they are, um, eliminated, that they begin to reproduce and do their spore thang. So you get all the benefits without the negative side effects.
Prescript Assist contains only endospore forming organisms, which is why they are the only SBO brand I use. Their soil based probiotics are a blend of 29 soil based organisms that are found in the top layer (tilth) of healthy organic soil. They are then blended with a natural pre-biotic which helps feed the microflora. Another benefit is that Prescript Assist is shelf-stable and requires no refrigeration. Even after exposed to 98˚F/37°C for two years they still maintained 95% survival. They also contain ZERO fillers which means it’s gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and contains no dyes or preservatives. Just high quality soil based probiotics, prebiotics, and a cellulose capsule.
If you’re trying to heal your gut after a round of antibiotics, check out the steps I take.
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