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Probiotic Spores Produce Antioxidants in the Gut

Antioxidants are produced in our gut by the Bacillus endosporeWhat’s the Role Probiotics Play in Producing Antioxidants?

We asked our friend, Kiran Krishnan, microbiologist and gut health expert, if probiotics produce antioxidants in the gut. We were curious about how probiotics can produce antioxidants, which ones are produced and how you can benefit from these amazing nutrients. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see our interview with Kiran on this fascinating topic.

Kiran has specialized in gut health for the past 17 years. He has gathered a wealth of knowledge on probiotics and how they affect our microbiome from his research and the latest clinical trials.

Here’s what Kiran had to say, “There’s only one type of probiotic strain that can produce antioxidants and that’s the strains of the Bacillus family.

It’s true the Bacillus endospore strains produce antioxidants in the gut.”

Here’s how they work; they take incoming food and convert them into antioxidants and other useful nutrients such as Methylated B Vitamins.

Lets take a look at the antioxidants produced in our gut with Bacillus Spores.

Ubiquinol

  • Supports optimal cardiovascular function
  • Boosts your energy and stamina levels over the long term
  • Supports optimal energy production in the mitochondria in all cells
  • Reduces the normal signs of aging by preventing damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals
  • Enhances the support of your immune and nervous systems
  • Helps tissue cells generate energy and protect against damage from free radicals and oxidative stress

Quinone

  • Decreases inflammation and free radicals
  • Creates new mitochondria
  • Improves memory and reasoning
  • Neuroprotective against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Cognitive Injuries
  • Improves sleep, mood, and fatigue
  • Improves immune health

Lycopene

  • Protects your body from toxic pesticides found in foods and chemicals such as MSG
  • Slows down several types of cancer
  • Protects your eyes from oxidative stress and cataract development
  • Boosts heart health
  • Relieves oxidative stress in the bones
  • Counteracts cell damage to the brain caused by aging

Vitamin K2

  • Reduces osteoporosis and deteriorating bones
  • Slows artery hardening
  • Inhibits growth of cancer

Beta Carotene

  • Boost your immune system protect your skin and eyes
  • Lowers chances of developing heart disease
  • Protects against cancer

Watch Kiran Krishnan’s video about antioxidants here.

Stay tuned for Part 4 of our Microbiome series with Kiran Krishnan. We will be asking Kiran about the role of probiotics for those with Autism.

Probiotic Therapy-How to Get the Best Results

Watch Part 2 of our Microbiome series with Kiran Krishnan.

Kiran Krishnan, Microbiologist

We hope you are enjoying learning all the latest news on the Microbiome. We have another informative video for you this week. Just in time for the holiday weekend where we may be tempted to have that extra hot dog or slice of apple pie.

In case you missed our last video, we will be posting regular you tube videos of our interviews with Microbiologist Kiran Krishnan who is the Chief Scientific Officer of Microbiome Labs.

Over the last 12 years Kiran has been focused on the study of the Human Microbiome.

Kiran is a frequent lecturer on the Human Microbiome at Medical and Nutrition Conferences worldwide. He is currently involved in 4 clinical trials on probiotics.

We asked Kiran about how taking multiple strains of probiotics increases the effectiveness.

 

When it comes to multiple strains, it’s good to diversify our gut flora.

Right?

While this is true, taking a probiotic with 15 different strains that can’t penetrate through the stomach acids in your gut and immediately die off is not going to have a very positive or prolonged effect.

There are certain strains which have a better result in effecting your gut and creating positive change. One such strain is the Bacillus Endospore.

Why is the Bacillus Endospore Strain One of the Best Universally?

  • Acts as the ‘police’ of your gut
  • Gets rid of your bad bacteria and fungus
  • Fixes damage to the intestinal lining of your gut, which leads to Leaky Gut
  • Increase your metabolic function
  • Improves your immune function
  • Regulates balance of intestinal flora
  • Enhances growth of your good bacteria

Should you take more probiotic strains and a higher dose to create more profound change in the gut?

Listen to Kiran’s answer to this question by clicking below.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of the Microbiome Series with Good Gut Solution & Kiran Krishnan coming in two weeks.

 

Lose Weight with Probiotics

Probiotics affect how we lose weight.

Lose Weight with Probiotics

Weight Management is a challenge for many of us. We try eating healthy, counting calories, working out with our fitbits, cleansing and dieting.  Sometimes, it seems like no matter how good a job we do to take care of ourselves and watch what we eat, we still have no results when it comes to weight loss. Who ever thought that gut bacteria influences how we lose weight.

New information tells us that we can lose weight when we pay attention to our gut bacteria.

It turns out that our gut bacteria and the types of species we have in our digestive tract play an important role in determining if we are going to be thin or fat. Yes, that’s right,  it’s the type of bacteria in our digestive system that is tied to obesity.

We also know now that they play an extremely important role in our risk for developing Type 2 diabetes as well.

How does our microbiome bacteria affect weight control?

  • Our unique bacteria can determine why some people can get away with eating unhealthy foods without weight gain while others need a near perfect diet in order to maintain an optimum weight.
  • The latest research is able to show that the type of bacteria we have in our digestive system controls the number of calories we take from foods we ingest and  even the types of food we crave.
  • The way our food is converted after eating is effected by our bacteria as well.
  • Some foods, particularly carbohydrates, may change to compounds that result in fat storage, gas and insulin resistance.
  • On the other hand, bacteria in our gut is able to convert the identical foods to compounds that actually increase fat burning, reduce gas, increase insulin sensitivity and help to keep us satisfied.
  • These effects are influenced by turning on critical genes in the gut that control our metabolism.
  • What this means is that we are either genetically programmed to gain weight easily or to be lean.

The good news is that this genetic programming can be modified by taking the right probiotic bacteria.

Even better, we can feed the good bacteria with the right kinds of nutrients to help make that change even more effective.

How do We Change the Genetic Programming of Our Metabolism?

There are two key factors to pay attention to:

Bacteria & Fiber

There are 2 particular abundant species that are called Bacteroidetes and the other is Firmicutes. The ratio of these 2 species, Bacteroidetes to Firmicutes in our gut plays an important role.  Research scientists have found that thin people all over the world,  and from many different cultures, tend to have a higher ratio of bacteroidetes to firmicutes.

When ratio of firmicutes to bacteroidetes is higher, this is connected to obesity, diabetes and inflammation.

To get these two bacteria types into a healthy ratio, there are a few easy diet changes that we can make to help achieve a desired balance.

Bacteroidetes love fiber. Eating foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar, (zero sugar is the best!) will support the growth of the good bacteroidetes bacteria.

Firmicutes love sugar and simple carbohydrates.  If we have an overgrowth of firmicutes, we’re likely to get sugar and carbohydrate cravings. These bacteria are so powerful that they send neurotransmitters to our brain which make us crave more sugar.  They do this to get us to feed on the nutrients they want.

We know now that processed simple carbohydrates and sugars feed firmicutes and may lead to metabolic syndrome and weight gain.

So start reading labels and watch your sugar intake.

These Minor changes can go a long way. 

Another word of advice it to shorten the window of time that we eat our meals and snacks. It’s effective to try to eat all our food within an 8-10 hour window. You see, the microbes in our gut have a cycle. If we stretch our meals out for too long a time period, it stops the the good microbial recycling from happening.

If we have a 12+ hour period of fasting each day this allows the for beneficial bacteria growth and supports the growth of bacteroidetes.

The Right Type of Probiotic

The second most important microbial technique is to get the right probiotic into our system with our meals.

This insures that the healthy fiber and protein that we are consuming is being converted to fat busting compounds and not gas. If we eat a lot of healthy high fiber foods but don’t have the healthy probiotics in our gut, we can end up with gas and bloating.

This is because the bad bacteria feed on the fiber as well. When the bad bacteria feeds on fiber it converts it into hydrogen and methane gas instead of fat busting compounds.

Our Perfect Pass Probiotics are the right type of probiotics. They are formulated with a unique choice of probiotic bacteria that are known to convert fibers in the diet to short chain fatty acids which are known as the ‘fat busters’.

This formula is made of endospore forming gut bacteria known as bacillus species.

Research has shown that these strains of bacillus species, particularly when taken with fiber, increase the production of short chain fatty acids by 40% and decrease gas production by 50% .

This is precisely the key type of change that we want when eating fiber rich foods together with bacillus strain probiotics.

No other probiotic strains have achieved this type of metabolic response to fiber so far.

Why Short Chain Fatty Acids are So Important.

SCFAs or short chain fatty acids literally control the entire metabolic process. They regulate the balance between making fat, burning fat, as well as breaking down and absorbing of fat from our diet.

Studies show that there is a direct effect from the increase of  SCFA’s that are formed by good bacteria and the way they stimulate burning of fat and reducing accumulation of fat.  Hence, it is the most direct evidence there is for how to change our metabolism.

Actually these changes happen at the genome level where the short chain fatty acids turn on fat burning genes and at the same time turn off fat storage genes. This is precisely what we want for permanent weight loss. We want to reprogram gene expression that controls how our bodies respond to food.

This is what we call epigenetics i.e. we are changing the gene expression of our metabolism. This is a much more permanent way to lose weight and keep it off without counting calories.

We can achieve this by taking these key strains of bacillus endospore probiotics that are found in Perfect Pass Probiotics, together with either following a diet that is rich in healthy fibers or simultaneously taking Perfect Pass Prebiotics made from PHGG.

Our bodies then become reprogrammed through the changes that occur with key genetic activation.  What happens? Fat burns and fat accumulation gets less. At the same time there is an increase in energy metabolism, caloric burn, insulin sensitivity and feelings of being satisfied by the food we eat.

In the short term, there are lots of diets out there, but, the way to permanent weight loss and true metabolic health is achieved with ‘Metabolic Reprogramming’ so that our bodies literally become well tuned fat burning engines.

What are Human Strain Probiotics?

What are Human Strain Probiotics?

Are Human Strain Probiotics superior? Yes, they are.

When discussing probiotics, the term “human strain” is not well understood at all.

It actually refers to probiotic strains that are recognised by the human body and therefore compatible with the human body.

Inspite of the name, “human-strain” probiotics don’t actually involve humans or human byproducts as ingredients. They’re just a particular species of microorganisms that naturally (or exclusively) live in nature as well as in the human already.

Recent Human Microbiome Project research done by NIH, the National Institute for Health, has defined probiotics by strict criteria. We see lots of references on line that quote the ‘old’ definition. They are not correct and out of date.

This is how a ‘true’ probiotic is now defined:

1. The organism must be a normally occurring organism in the digestive tract.
2. In order to consistently trigger a healthy boost in immune function the organism must be supplemented in concentrations higher than what normally occurs in the digestive tract.
3. The organism must be able to survive in the digestive tract as well as in the environment. i.e. not be affected by stomach acid and bile. 

This new information supercedes the ‘old’ definition that said:  “probiotics are live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confers a health benefit on the host.”

Interestingly enough there are very few probiotics in the marketplace today that meet all three of these criteria!

Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria

Most probiotics available on the market today contain Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species. According to the new probiotic criteria, they do meet the first requirement defined by NIH research. They do naturally occur in the digestive tract.

In fact, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species are in very high concentrations in the digestive tract of humans. But that is precisely why these two bacteria don’t meet criteria #2. 

There are more that 20 trillion lactobacillus and bifidobacteria species in the average human digestive tract. Most probiotics on the shelf contain 100 – 200 billion strains. This is not nearly the amount that would result in long term benefit.  This also assumes that the bacteria survive the digestive tract. 

Research shows that a majority of orally supplemented lactobacillus and bifidobacteria species are destroyed by the conditions found in the stomach and upper digestive tract. Only few survive.

Another important factor is that lactobacillus and bifidobacteria are anaerobic organisms that are designed to live in the digestive tract. They don’t normally live in the environment because they are sensitive to the presence of oxygen, UV light and other chemicals found in the natural environment.

This means they do not fit #3 requirement of our new definition of probiotics either.

In actual fact, people get their initial dose of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria from their mothers through birth and breast feeding.

Later in life, it’s necessary for orally derived probiotics to be organisms that live naturally in the environment as well as in the digestive system so that they can be recognized by the human microbiota.

What about yogurt?

In light of this information, yogurts and yogurt based drinks like kefir, don’t work as probiotics. They do have benefits but that’s from the fermentation process and those benefits are contained in the product in the form of micro-nutrients.

But those strains used in yogurts and other fermented dairy products, don’t have the ability to survive the harsh stomach acids and actually don’t colonize in the GI. For a true probiotic, we need one that will survive the stomach acid. We need human strain probiotics.

What we refer to as human strain probiotics are ones that are found in nature in the identical form as they are found in the human body.

They are known as commensal organisms. They can’t be used to grow yogurt. They have to be harvested from nature.

The strains we recommend are bacillus strains that are contained in endospores. Nature has designed these spores to be daily, foundational food.

  • They are transient microorganisms, so they don’t stay in the gut forever.
  • They go in, they perform their function and than they leave.

This is important factor, as this helps to keep their numbers in the digestive tract relatively low and that’s why each does is relatively low.

FYI –  It usually takes about 21 days to reach a steady state of concentration in the gut when they are taken on a daily basis.  

We suggest eating a diet low that is low in refined sugars and higher in fibers so that we encourage our own good bacteria to grow. In fact, the spores are able to increase the growth of the good bacteria present in the gut as well.

Between the spores being present and an improved diet, we are able to create the right microbiota balance. If the spores are removed, then we are disturbing the balance that may lead to what we call ‘Dysbiosis‘.

This is why we recommend taking Perfect Pass Bacillus Spore Probiotics on a daily basis as it’s important to maintaining good bacteria balance. We constantly bombard our digestive system on a daily basis. The bacillus spores are great at monitoring our gut and keeping it in balance.

Take advantage of our human strain Perfect Pass Probiotic special.

Get 15% off when you buy it together with Perfect Pass Prebiotic – the soluble fiber that encourages the human strain spores to grow.

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