Do you want to be your most healthy, vital and naturally beautiful? The answer is…of course! It’s only natural! We want to express our natural potential, and yes, feel and look our best. So in order to accomplish that, we need our digestive system to be firing on all cylinders. Your fast-paced life demands a tough immune system and a balanced mind, free of debilitating anxiety. For these reasons and more, the right kind of probiotics are vital for your overall, comprehensive health. But you’re probably thinking, which probiotic should you choose? By now, you’ve probably come across them in some shape or form. Probiotics have hit the mainstream.
More and more people are figuring out what has scientifically already been proven—that your overall health is directly linked to gut health. It’s an idea that’s easy to believe once you experience it because the feeling inside your body is noticeable. Scientifically, the microbiome of billions of bacteria is in constant flux and work to break down your food, detoxify your system, regulate hormones, and a litany of other important functions.
But the gut is in trouble. Stress is rampant. And prescription drugs, processed foods, antibiotics and many so-called normal things we digest on a daily basis are destructive to the microbiome. And when it’s out-of-whack, so are you.
The answer to the threat is a daily probiotic that works to replenish the gut’s beneficial bacteria. There are many options for probiotics on the market. So which probiotic is the best choice for you?
Here we are going to explore the two primary categories of probiotics: “regular” strains cultivated from dairy versus soil-based organisms (SBOs) which originate in the soil. Both offer a boon to your digestive system and both provide substantial amounts of the good bacteria the gut needs.
However, there are key differences that will help you consider which probiotics should you choose while shopping for your next probiotic supplement.
The majority of probiotic supplements on the market contain mainly the lactobacilli and/or bifidobacteria strains. These strains come from dairy and are often found in products like probiotic yogurt and kefir. You may have noticed certain probiotic pills located in the refrigerated section of your health food store. Proponents of these particular brands state to refrigerate their products need in order to keep the integrity of the bacteria. A lot of people assume that these brands are superior due to this special handling required, but that is not necessarily the case. In fact, more resilient bacterial strains do NOT require refrigeration to keep their quality.
There are a few issues with the countless “regular” probiotics out there that you should consider when selecting the best probiotic for you and your body.
First, consider diversity.
As Jinato Hu once said: “Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.” The same idea applies to probiotics and gut health.
In the case of “regular” probiotics, there is little variation in the strains they deliver. Mostly comprising of just two strains—lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium—limits the amount of good these probiotics can do. We humans are complex beings and our guts are possibly even more complex, meaning just one strain will rarely do the trick.
Second, these probiotics come with dietary red flags.
They are not vegan. While some claim that they remove all dairy by the time the product is on the shelf, there is a risk of reaction for people with a dairy allergy. Though not super common, allergy sufferers need to be careful here.
Third, a huge cause for consideration is the livelihood of these strains.
The beneficial bacteria intended to make it into the bottle for you is actually not very resilient. As a result, the strains may actually “die,” or become ineffective by the time you take them, meaning that the number on the bottle is not what is going into your body. As pointed out earlier, some brands urge refrigeration as a way to ensure effectiveness, but it can be hard to tell whether or not your probiotic supplement is effective until you have taken it for at least a month.
Basically, you could end up wasting your money on a supplement with bacteria that isn’t surviving past your stomach and isn’t diverse nor in balance to create the results you want (and most people need). In order for a probiotic supplement to do what it’s supposed to do, it has to endure the journey past the point of your stomach and reach the intestines.
The stomach is an amazing, crazy place. It’s full of hydrochloric acid which will kill and neutralize most of the probiotics out there. That’s right. Most of the probiotics on the market won’t even make it to the gut.
In order for a probiotic to be truly impactful to your health, it not only has to be resilient but also properly formulated with a balance of diverse strains. That is the way our ancestors, the earliest humans, maintained their health—with the naturally-occurring beneficial bacteria found in their diet. Getting an array of strong strains into your gut is the best way to find balance and noticeable results.
Luckily for us, there’s a more robust probiotic option found in the plant kingdom.
Soil Based Organisms (SBO) Probiotics
There’s a new kid in town. Soil Based Organisms or SBO probiotics are a less-known form of gut healthy bacteria slowly gaining momentum, thanks to their incredible benefits. They are completely in alignment with living in harmony with Mother Nature, because living in close connection with her and even eating a bit of soil (more on that in a moment) is how we are actually meant to live, and how our ancestors did.
SBOs are a completely different type of bacteria than the lactobacilli and related strains that come from dairy. SBOs are actually spores found in soil. A spore is a reproductive cell that exists in plants and comes from bacteria.
SBOs have in many ways even more amazing health benefits of their “regular” counterparts. They populate the gut with beneficial microorganisms and enhance immunity, digestion and overall health (not to mention beautiful hair).
Back in the day, we got plenty of these helpful microbes naturally found on fruits and veggies. But now, with the overwhelming (and frankly scary) use of chemicals and pesticides, we can’t reap their benefits by consuming fresh produce alone.
SBOs trigger antibodies within the gut that defend us from illness. Because the spore is reproductive, these bacteria multiply rapidly, acting quickly to heal a sick digestive tract.
As an added accolade, SBOs are also vegan.
The science on SBOs is fairly new but very promising. This study found a definitive link between regular SBO probiotic intake and relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS, like Crohn’s disease, is a digestive disease stemming from an unbalanced microbiome. SBOs work to balance the bacterial ecosystem, and consequently relieve everything from IBS to high cholesterol levels to generalized anxiety.
Of course, not all SBO probiotics are equal. Rather than guess and end up testing products on yourself, make sure from the outset that the probiotic you take has undergone testing and safety studies. Some strains that report being for helpful bacteria are not properly researched. Some have clinical research backing their efficacy and are more important to consume, and also, the ratios and harmony between the strains and the formula overall is essential to consider. Prebiotics, which are food for the bacteria and support proliferation, and postbiotics, which help support colonization of the bacteria, are also essential factors that make up an excellent probiotic formula.
It’s important to add that not all bacteria behave in the same way either.
This is obvious in our categorization of the “good” bacteria in our probiotic supplements versus the “bad” bacteria like salmonella which cause illness. Or, for example, the natural, good belly bacteria found in fermented vegetable foods (like raw kraut). That bacteria, called L. planktarum is beneficial, but until SBO probiotics, is not resident forming. That means that the results will be temporary. Just as the food digests and you’re hungry again, the bacteria will leave your system.
It’s very important that SBOs are “resident forming.” When they get to your gut, they STAY there. They reproduce. They become a resident of the intestinal ecosystem.
Part of the reason for this is the virile and robust nature of SBOs. They are heartier organisms much more likely to survive the journey through the stomach.
“Compared to the widely used lactic acid bacteria, bacterial spores offer the advantage of a higher survival rate during the acidic stomach passage and better stability during the processing and storage of the food product,” reported researchers in a study published in the Beneficial Microbes journal.
The bottom line to which probiotics should you choose:
The main undercurrent of the nutritional movement today is a historical one. That is, we are trying to get back to the way we used to eat, before the factory farms, before the GMOs and pesticides.
SBOs are an EXCELLENT way to get back to our nutritional roots!
Before the dawn of modern agriculture, we consumed tons of them. They were THE first line of defense in our immune systems. Our ancestors didn’t have running water, and so used to consume a bit of soil on washed fruits and vegetables pulled right from the earth. That soil contained the perfect mix of the bacterium to grow healthy soil, and also balance our guts.
And while a good, strong probiotic strain of any kind will do your gut a whole lot of good, the verdict is in:
SBOs are the way to go.
They dominate their “regular” competition in so many areas:
- They’re the most natural. The human body was made to thrive on these.
- They’re more resilient. No refrigeration. No special handling. SBOs are heartier and are more likely to actually make it to your intestines.
- They’re resident forming. Once they’re in, they’re here to stay.
- They multiply faster. You’ll reap their rewards quicker.
- They’re vegan. No dairy needed.
Instead of automatically going for the “regular” probiotic, try this excellent SBO supplement with the proper ratios and harmony instead. I created this formula for you with love, and extensive research and testing, and I wholeheartedly do believe it is the most effective probiotic out there. It is all about the correct ratios and harmony between the clinically researched strains, and similarly to proper food combining, the power is often in the combinations. It also contains the pre and post-biotics of turkey tail, chaga and shilajit.
As with any new probiotic, you can start slowly, taking just one per day until your body becomes more accustomed. Or you can go right to the recommended 2 a day amount if you feel ready. And get back to REAL wellness and balance, the way of our ancestors and the way it’s supposed to be.
So that’s all I have for you today Beauty! I hope this helps you better understand which probiotic you should choose when you are seeking out a new brand.
Sending you and your microbiome so much love!