Keeping Your Body Balanced!
Probiotics have been all over the news the last few years, especially now that both researchers & doctors alike are confirming the major connections our microbiome has to our overall health.
Despite its newfound popularity, many of us are still unclear about what exactly our microbiome is, why we need probiotics to help us keep it balanced, or which supplements are best to take.
With that in mind, we have compiled years of research about the microbiome and its effect on our health. This guide will help you discover what you need to know to make the most informed decision about your supplement needs.
Why Is Our Microbiome Important?
Right now, 90% of the cells in your body are microbial. These microbes –– a general term for bacteria, archaea, protists, and other molecular organisms –– are present throughout the body.
The human microbiome is the collection of all of these microbes. This means 90% of your body is actually your microbiome. Keeping it balanced can have huge benefits not only for your digestion, but your brain, skin, immune system, and a host of other functions.
Researchers are only scratching the surface of the potential of probiotic supplements, and why they’re essential for our overall wellbeing.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize that, even though our digestion feels normal, we may still need a quality probiotic supplement to keep us healthy.
Our modern western society has adopted unhealthy activities & lifestyles that affect our microbes in a variety of ways.
Most are difficult –– if not impossible –– to avoid, but it's critical to spread awareness if we want to protect our microbiome.
Here are 10 ways you are hurting your gut bacteria:
Processed sugars can feed potentially unhealthy bacteria
2. Wine & Beer
Alcohol consumption can alter your microbial balance
These kill off both good and bad bacteria
4. Living In The City
Pollution can affect the number of good bacteria
5. Poor Sleep
This can lead to subtle changes in your microbial makeup
6. Foods With Artificial Coloring
These are antibacterial & anti fungal
7. Water Containing Chlorine
Chlorine can kill both good and bad bacteria
8. Antibacterial Soaps
Any antibacterial products can destroy healthy microbes
9. NSAID Pain Relievers
They disrupt digestive flora & intestianl mucus
10. Not Enough Fiber
It serves as food for helpful microbes
What you should look for in a Probiotic:
1. Formulation and strain type- Formulated by a Dotor and a Microbiologist, Spore Probiotics have a 100% survival rate through stomach acid and bile. No other probiotics can attest to this. Studies suggest that the Bacillus species is powerful for combating common gut health problems
2. CFU Count - Did you know that we have 20 – 30 trillion strains of lactobacillus and bifidus in our digestive tract?
You can NEVER take enough of them in a pill or powder form that will exceed that number. That’s why we have to keep on taking loads of those strains to achieve a beneficial effect. And you have to keep on taking them to achieve that effect. With Spore Probiotics, you only need 1 per day. Taking 3 billion strains of bacillus is more that 2 billion strains,the amount you have in your gut.
When you take Bacillus spore Probiotics, you can feel the difference in your symptoms, with just 1 per day.
These spores are the same species that naturally live in our gut and they have already adapted to the human GI tract, and that’s why they are called ‘Human Strain’.
3. 100% Vegan - Choosing an all-vegan supplement means that you avoid harmful gelatin capsules loaded with animal-based fillers like magnesium stearate fatty acids and carmine food dyes.
The 3 Secrets of A High Quality Probiotic:
1. It lists the strains and benefits, with research to prove it.
2. It Does Not Require Refrigeration - Refrigerated products can be damaged during shipping.
Another note: you're not always going to have access to a refrigerator, so we suggest choosing a probiotic that is well-formulated to withstand room temperature and does not require being refrigerated during periods of non-use.
3. Select a strain that can survive stomach acid & bile.
Should you take Prebiotics? ….. Or Probiotics?
According to the latest findings from the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), the correct answer is both.
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