Founder's Notes on Probiotics
Many probiotic supplements contain Lactobacillus bifidus, which is the primary species of healthy bacteria. Those bacteria are in all of the yogurts, all of the fermented products you see in the stores, and in all of the standard low-cost probiotic formulas.
*Definition: The body contains many species of microorganisms that assist with digestion, absorption of nutrients, and immunity. Lactobacillus bifidus is one of these types of positive microorganisms typically found in the human gastrointestinal tract.
“Of the 100 trillion bacteria that are in you, 70 trillion are already those bacteria. So if you think that by adding another billion—one ten thousandth of what is already in there, and shift around what's going on, it's just not going to work.”
The problem with most of the Lactobacillus bifidus strains, and a lot of the other strains that you find in these proprietary formulas, is that they don't survive the acidic environment of the stomach. Typically, the bacteria are DOA, even in the capsule, because as soon as any amount of water gets in, they come alive, and then they die.
Bacillus subtilis: Ever eat natto, the sticky, pungent Japanese fermented soybean? Despite its unique smell, texture, taste, and soy-ness, I’ve grown to enjoy Natto—all thanks to Bacillus subtilis. When you inoculate soybeans with this particular strain, great things happen. Vitamin K2 production ramps up (natto is one of the best sources of vitamin K2, a nutrient important in bone mineralization, cancer prevention, and protection from heart disease). The soy proteins grow less allergenic. The soy is transformed into a beneficial nutritional powerhouse.
Turns out that Bacillus subtilis may have profound effects as a probiotic in our bodies, too. Combined with antibiotics, it’s been shown to lower urinary pH and reduce infections in patients with stones-associated UTIs. Perhaps most beneficial are its abilities to hydrolyze nutrients, convert anti-nutrients to beneficial compounds, manufacture vitamins, and make allergenic proteins less so.
Bacillus subtilis also produces phytase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down phytic acid into inositol and improving mineral bioavailability.
It converts vitamin K (the version found in leafy greens that’s less bioavailable to us) into vitamin K2 (the version found in natto, goose liver, and aged cheese that’s far more bioavailable).
It can hydrolyze wheat proteins, soy (as mentioned above), and casein, potentially making them less allergenic.
Bacillus subtilis is omnipresent in soil, so it likely populated the ancestral human gut and definitely belongs in yours.
The issue with regular probiotics is that you are receiving strains that you already have by the trillions in your gut, and they don't survive the high acidity of the stomach. Primal Probiotics is one of the ways to bypass those challenges. The idea is to get encysted spore-forming versions of some of the species to go into a dormant state so they can survive the stomach, and then put them into a digestion-resistant veggie capsule made with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose.
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose makes up the probiotic capsule. It used to be derived from trees, but now it comes from potatoes. The capsule is digestion resistant, unlike gelatin capsules. When gelatin capsules hit the acid in the stomach, all the ingredients disperse into the stomach and the process of absorption begins. With our probiotics, the digestion-resistant capsule allows the probiotics to survive passage through the stomach and into the upper part of the small intestine. That's the point at which it’s the reverse; it’s no longer acidic but basic. It will start to break down. These resistant spore-forming bacteria survive so you don't have to deliver so many of them to be effective, because they all survive that initial process! This form of delivery is superior to all of the other systems.
Spore-Forming bacteria are unique in our gut. They are not necessarily found in great amounts, but they can actually talk to other signaling type bacteria. They up-regulate the growth of Lactobacillus bifidus and all the other strains of healthy bacteria your gut needs.
“It is almost like you are giving the body some very high-powered signaling bacteria to tell everyone else that it’s time to grow and proliferate and have fun and divide and multiply.”
Primal Probiotics is uniquely formulated and superior to other probiotics due to the spores and the digestion-resistant capsules. The probiotics delivered in Primal Probiotics are unlike those you find in other products because we are not trying to tap into the trillions, or even tens of trillions, of probiotics that are already thriving in your gut, but rather we are providing unique probiotic strains that signal and up-regulate the growth of other probiotic strains.
Why is the potato starch in there? Most products typically use fillers in their capsules. For example, if you get 10 mg of lutein in a 250-ml capsule, what makes up the other 240 milligrams? We chose potato starch because potato starch is a prebiotic fiber, which is food for your gut biome! You can't just supply the bugs, you have to also supply the nutrients in which they grow.
What is the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic? A probiotic is the actual organism, and a prebiotic is the food that the organism eats to help it grow and proliferate.
Taking probiotics: one capsule a day? Normally, we shouldn’t have to take probiotics. But, we destroy our gut bacteria through bad diets, alcohol, stress, antibiotics, and illness. There are many adverse influencers that can disrupt a healthy gut. Taking probiotics is like planting seeds in your garden and watching them bloom into healthy and robust foliage. You actually don't need to take a probiotic supplement every day, just like the farmer doesn't go out and plant his field every day. He plants it once, and if the terrain is great and the rains come, his garden flourishes and everything is fine. If you are eating well and taking care of yourself, then taking probiotics once in a while is great. You will need more probiotic support if you've been sick, are taking antibiotics, drinking too much, smoking, or if you are under stress.
Leaky Gut. If you truly have leaky gut it means that these beneficial bacteria might be getting into your bloodstream, which is fine, as they are not dangerous bacteria, but it's not ideal...you want them in your gut! If your leaky gut is partly busted, it may be because you are eating gluten and other offensive agents. So, how do you start the process of healing your gut without overburdening your system? You start with one probiotic a day for four or five days, and see how you feel, then double the dose to two a day, and so on and so on as needed.
Refrigerating probiotics? These unique probiotics are encysted and in spore form, which means they are dormant until activated by either the base environment of the upper part of the small intestine or some other event like that. So you don't need to refrigerate them, but you can.
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