Good gastrointestinal function is the indispensable foundation upon which Primal Blueprint fitness and longevity are built. If this infrastructure is missing key components, your athletic performance, immune system, clear thinking and energy levels may falter or even fail. When your gut lacks the beneficial microbes it needs to sustain health, fatigue, joint aches, weight gain and digestive ailments settle in.
But, when your gut flora are all present and primed, they work synergistically to produce vitamins, fat-burning antioxidants, essential fats, acids, bio-available minerals and metabolites that eradicate pathogens. You can then perform at your best and tap into a flow of unreleased energy and nutrients … the same wellspring of youthful energy and health that our primal ancestors enjoyed.
Unfortunately, your gut is under siege every day. It must contend with stress, irregular circadian rhythms, gluten-based diets, sedentary indoor lifestyles, chemically processed and artificially preserved foods, hyperhygiene and antibiotics, which wipe out all the beneficial microbes in your gut!
The good news is that you can help remedy any instabilities in your gut’s microbiome by feeding it the probiotics it craves.
About three billion years ago our planet came alight with microbial life. Plant and animal life co-evolved with these ancient microbial partners. Our primal ancestors intimately interacted with diverse environmental and soil inhabitants that silently imbued the plants they ate, the water they drank, the ground they walked on and the air they breathed. These microbial probiotics got nice and cozy in the guts of primitive humans, and set to work shaping human biology.
We depend on these beneficial bacteria to this day. They produce nutrients, vitamins, chemical signals, neurotransmitters and fat-burning hormones. They protect our immune systems and fortify against allergies and inflammation-related disease. And while our dependency on these probiotics hasn’t changed, our access to them has. Modern soil is strained by toxins, pesticides, pollutants, parasites and heavy metals, and exhibits sub-optimal diversity. While fermented foods—like yogurt or sauerkraut—help reload your gut with lost ancient flora, getting your probiotics through diet alone is likely to leave a dearth. The spectrum of microbes is limited, and fermented foods aren’t the most prominent in our diets. And a gut that’s starving for probiotics, leads to a body rife with chronic disease.
Without a bellyful of beneficial bacteria, like Bacilli, Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, the gut loses its integrity and becomes “porous” and thus penetrable. Undigested food, bacteria, yeasts and microbial toxins seep through the gut and enter the bloodstream. Modern chemicals, medicines, antibiotics, stress, infections, high sugar and refined starch diets, excess endurance exercise or lack of sleep may further degrade your gut’s dynamic collection of microbes. Intestinal permeability and imbalance of the gut (known as dysbiosis) are well established causes of inflammation, heart disease, cancer, joint aches, digestive problems, heartburn, fatigue, food intolerances, allergies, autism, celiac disease and autoimmune disease.
Support Your Immune System
When your immune system works properly, you rarely—if ever—get sick. And about 80% of your immune system resides in your digestive tract! It’s those trillions of healthy bacteria (also known as microflora or probiotics) living symbiotically in you that help eliminate the bad bacteria that are always trying to gain a foothold—the ones that cause all manner of disease and illness. Unfortunately, many common elements in life conspire to upset the balance between beneficial bacteria and harmful, unhealthy bacteria—stress, poor diet, excess sugar and simple carbs, alcohol use, antibiotic use…you name it! A simple daily dose of Primal Probiotics can help rebalance and restore gut health and improve immune function.
Improve Your Digestion
Healthy bacteria are also needed to assist in the digestion and absorption of certain carbohydrates and minerals, in the production of vitamins, and in the protection of the delicate lining of your gut. Ironically, when you don’t absorb vitamins and minerals, you get hungry for more foods (the brain still senses the lack of these critical nutrients) so you tend to eat more than you should. Taking an effective probiotic like Primal Probiotics can help restore that balance and improve digestion. In other words, healthy gut bacteria can actually assist in weight loss.
Improve Your Regularity
Most people don’t realize that natural regularity depends on the prevalence of good bacteria in the gut. In fact, the average stool should consist primarily of water (75%) and bacteria (both dead and living, and both healthy and unhealthy). Undigested food remnants should comprise very little of a healthy stool. That would be an indication that either you are eating the wrong foods or that your intestines are not digesting and/or absorbing nutrients efficiently. Sure, you can make yourself poop every day by taking a laxative or even using so-called healthy indigestible fibers, but that sort of “fake regularity” can cause more harm than good. Taking Primal Probiotics can assist in creating a healthy bacterial balance that promotes the appropriate bacterial turnover and restores healthy regularity.
Yogurt or Acidophilus Just Can't Do It
Many people think taking yogurt or kefir can adequately restock probiotics in the gut. However, because of the stringent laws involved in bringing processed milk products to market, many of the most popular brands of yogurt have very little actual live culture remaining by the time you ingest them. Moreover, many people are simply lactose intolerant and cannot capitalize on these food sources. Primal Probiotics starts with 10 billion CFU (individual living colony-forming units) in each capsule and guarantees potency through date of expiration. Primal Probiotics is more than 25 times as potent as an average serving of yogurt—and Primal Probiotics has none of the calories, the lactose or other sugars.
Acid and Bile Resistant Strains
Many common probiotic blends can’t survive the acidic environment of the stomach. That’s why some companies use “enteric coatings” or special treatments to keep the probiotics inside a waxy ball until after they’ve passed through the stomach. Perhaps you’ve heard that some probiotics also need to be refrigerated in order to remain “live.” In both cases, the main issue is that the strains they’ve chosen are not particularly hardy strains to begin with. In comparison, Primal Probiotics uses acid- and bile-resistant strains that survive through stomach acid and need not be refrigerated (although you CAN store them in a refrigerator). These strains have been isolated over years of research to resist digestion and more effectively repopulate intestinal flora.