Probiotics: Fact or Fiction?
The world of probiotic supplements is dizzying to say the least. Most people report that they feel very confused looking at the shelves of their local health food store and trying to pick the "best" probiotic for them. The probiotic industry is big business and loads of manufacturers are jumping on the bandwagon to create probiotic supplements, however it is clear that not every supplement manufacturer understands the true nature of healing your gut microbiome.
Most probiotics that you’ll find in the store contain some combination of Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria. While these are some of the good bacteria that reside in our gut, they are very poor stomach survivors and gut colonizers. Companies have tried increasing their dosages 10-fold, protecting them in enteric-coated capsules, and storing them in cooler temperatures to improve survivability, but the end result is the same: dead probiotics.
The good news?
There’s another group of probiotic bacteria, known as Bacillus. This group of bacteria naturally resides in the gut and protects us from disease, but unfortunately we no longer get exposure to them from our food like our ancestors did. Bacillus probiotics have the ability to form protective outer shells, known as endospores, that can shield them from high temperatures, pressure, UV light, acid, dehydration, and lack of oxygen. Because of this unique property, spore-based Bacillus probiotics are much more effective than conventional probiotics on the market because they are designed to survive the harsh gastric system, colonize in the human gut and increase microbial diversity. In clinical studies, Bacillus probiotics have been shown to reduce intestinal permeability and impede the growth of unwanted bacteria and yeast, while strengthening the immune system and producing essential nutrients and antioxidants in the gut.
So where can you find these amazing Bacillus bacteria?
MegaSporeBiotic is a spore-based probiotic supplement which contains five different strains of Bacillus. After taking MegaSporeBiotic for a few weeks, clients report increased energy, regular bowel movements (plus less gas/bloating), fewer carb/sugar cravings, reduction in skin issues like acne/rashes, stable mood, improved immunity and more.
In my opinion, MegaSporeBiotic is by far the best probiotic supplement on the market for reconditioning the gut. It is not available in grocery stores, health food stores, integrative pharmacies, Amazon. etc. You can only get it directly from the manufacturer here.
Now, after all that, you have still have some questions so let's do some probiotic myth busting.....
Myth 1: You only need to take a probiotic if you have digestive issues.
Below is an infographic that shows you over 32 conditions that can benefit from taking MegaSporeBiotic. Everything from mood disorders, to allergies, to immune dsyfunctions to cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, you can see why having a healthy and balanced gut microbiome is crucial for optimal health!
Myth #2: A probiotic needs to be refrigerated to be effective.
Though it’s common to find probiotics in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, refrigeration is not an indication of a good quality probiotic. In fact, it’s actually a sign of a weak probiotic. If your probiotic cannot stay alive at room temperature, how do you think it will survive in your 98-degree body, much less through your stomach's acid pit and the harsh environs of your intestinal tract? Short answer: it won’t. Look for a probiotic that maintains stability at higher temperatures, like MegaSporeBiotic.
Myth #3: You need to rotate your probiotics to create diversity and maintain efficacy.
The idea of rotating probiotics originated from the realization that many probiotics stop working after a month or two of use – the reason being that most probiotics aren't strong enough to cause any lasting change in the gut. Instead of trying to “surprise” the gut with a new probiotic cocktail every month, you’re much better off finding an effective probiotic like MegaSporeBiotic and sticking with it. A truly effective probiotic will not stop working after 1-2 months of taking it.
Myth #4: You don’t need to take a probiotic if you eat fermented foods.
I love fermented foods! I eat them almost every day myself and recommend them to many of my clients. While I think including fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, coconut water kefir, low-sugar kombucha and coconut yogurt, is a wonderful addition to your healthy diet, they do not provide the same therapeutic dose of beneficial bacteria as a spore-based supplement like MegaSporeBiotic can. Plus, we know several of the strains found in fermented foods are killed off as soon as they hit the stomach.
A side note on fermented foods - if you suspect that you might have a gut infection such as SIBO or Candida overgrowth, it’s much more effective to take MegaSporeBiotic which can help control intestinal pathogens before introducing fermented foods to your diet.
Myth #5: A probiotic with 50 billion cells is better than a probiotic with 4 billion cells.
Though it’s easy to think that MORE is always better, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the health benefits of probiotics are dose-dependent. In fact, having 50 billion CFUs in your probiotic is only helpful if you can confirm that 50 billion CFUs are surviving digestion, but survivability studies with some of the leading probiotics (250 billion CFUs) indicate that 99% of the bacterial cells in these products cannot survive digestion. This means that most people are paying for products with less than 1% survivability! It’s no wonder that most people find probiotics ineffective!
If you’ve tried probiotic supplements in the past that haven't worked, give MegaSporeBiotic a shot! For me and many of my clients, it has been a game-changer! Click the button below to order. Shipping on your first order and orders of 3 or more are FREE!
(1) Ceylan E. Survival of Probiotics in Simulated Gastric Fluid. Silliker Inc, Food Science Center Report. 2013.
(2) Gibson GR, Rouzaud G, Brostoff J. An evaluation of probiotic effects in the human gut: microbial aspects. Final Technical report for FSA project ref G01022. 2005.