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Total Viable Cell Count ≥ 50 Billion CFU/Capsule
The Great Secret of Life
“I am convinced that proper digestion is the great secret of life.”
~ Sidney Smith (Scottish philosopher)
An estimated 100 trillion microorganisms (representing more than 500 different species) inhabit every normal, healthy bowel. These microorganisms – bacteria, algae, yeast, viruses, protozoa, archaea, and worms (yes, worms) generally don’t make us sick; most are helpful. Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens (harmful microorganisms) in check, aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and contribute to immune function.
Our experience with using probiotics in our children and adult patients has shown that this is a crucial and yet all too often overlooked intervention in children and adults.
What does a Healthy Gut Microbiome Look Like?
1. Diversity – an abundance of different strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi in optimal balance.
2. An optimal ratio of 85:15 “good bugs” versus “bad bugs”.
3. Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes (F/B) Optimal ratio of 12 – 620: The human gut microbiota is mostly composed of two dominant bacterial phyla, Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes, that represent more than 90% of the total community, and other subdominant phyla including Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, and Verrucomicrobia.
What the right probiotics can do for you?
Taking the right probiotics can:
1. Reduce bloating, improve digestion, and relieve constipation.
2. Reduce diarrhea: researchers found that probiotics slowed “gut transit time” by 12.4 hours, increased the number of weekly bowel movements by 1.3, and helped to soften stools, making them easier to pass.
3. Reduce inflammation in your body.
4. Reduce your susceptibility to infections.
5. Improve your mood.
6. Improve the efficacy of your prescription medications.
In individuals with brain disorders:
1. Autism and Related Disorders: We have seen improvement in speech, reduced hyperactivity, better sleep, better mood, improved appetite, reduced recurrent infections, etc.
2. Dementia/Neurodegenerative conditions: In elderly patients with dementia, we have observed better behavior, improved memory, and fewer erratic outbursts.
What A Healthy Gut Microbiome Can Do For You?
Probiotics provide the following benefits:
1. Enhance your Immune System: Are you aware that 70-80% of your immune system resides in your gut? Beginning from birth, these “bugs” help train and equip your immature immune system to recognize and respond appropriately to invaders. Throughout life, they act as allies to ward off dangerous infections.
2. Maintain the integrity of the gut wall: You’ve probably heard of increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut), which is the damage to the inner lining of the gut wall, leading to the appearance of microscopic holes and subsequent escape of food particles, bacteria, and other substances into the bloodstream. Once inside the bloodstream, all sorts of bad things can happen, including attacks by the immune system and damage to the blood-brain barrier.
3. Improve Mental Health: Certain probiotics have been shown to produce chemicals that improve synapses and overall feeling of well-being.
4. Produce substances that influence your hormones.
5. Produce serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitter-like substances. Believe it or not, over 90% of serotonin and over 50% of dopamine is produced by the gut microbiome.
6. Help in the digestion of food by producing enzymes.
7. Produce vitamins like vitamin B12.
What do your good microbes need?
1. Firstly, probiotics need PRE-biotics – these are the food substances they require to be healthy and multiply. They include digestible and indigestible fiber, such as psyllium husk and inulin.
2. Fermented foods such as natto.
3. Vitamin D3.
5. The B vitamins.
How to find the right probiotic/Characteristics of a good probiotic:
1. It must be well preserved, and does not need to be refrigerated (this is especially important for us who have to ship them back home over long distances).
2. Ability to withstand the long journey from the mouth to the colon where they are needed. They must be able to survive the digestive enzymes and acids en route to their final destination.
3. Presence of diverse array of the most important microbes, including the lactobacilli.
4. At least 50 billion CFUs (colony forming units) should be present. This is the amount needed to repopulate the gut.
5. Ability to attach and stick to the gut wall without being passed out in the feces.
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