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Soil-Based Probtioics Have Double-Blind Studies - they work

The secret to good health lies in your gut

There’s something important you should know about your gut: It’s not just for digestion. In the past two decades, researchers have uncovered the marvel that is the human digestive system, also called the gut microbiome or the “second brain” because of how the gut communicates with the body.

Because the gut is responsible for regulating digestion and elimination, it’s easy to think of the G.I. tract as a separate system. But compartmentalising digestion in this manner isn’t doing us any favours. In fact, it has caused us to overlook how the gut infl uences the health of the entire body. When we fail to understand how the gut and its communities of benefi cial bacteria work in synergy with every bodily system, we fail to understand our health.

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THE SUM OF ITS PARTS

Aristotle’s ancient wisdom perfectly describes how the gut works with the body. The philosopher once said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This simply means that when you add all of the small parts together, like each individual bacterium found in the digestive system, their combined gut force is more than anything these bacteria could accomplish alone.

And what a powerful digestive force this is. As Jane E. Brody describes in her aptly titled New York Times piece, “We Are Our Bacteria,” the sum of these parts is greater than we may have imagined. The human body is host to an estimated 100 trillion bacterial cells, which outnumber human cells in the body 10 to one. These bacterial cells account for 99.9 percent of the unique genes in the body.1

Where do these bacteria come from? In a perfect world, we are born with robust communities of benefi cial bacteria in the digestive tract, passed on from mother to baby at birth. But since we live in a largely imperfect world with modern hindrances, millions of babies are born each year with a weakened digestive system lacking the good bacteria needed to defend an infant against the outside world. A University of Puerto Rico study found a direct link between a newborn’s microbial communities in the gut and a mother’s birth method, with the potential to impact a baby’s future health. Babies born via C-section were missing the protective bacteria transmitted in a vaginal birth and may be more susceptible to disease.2

Sadly, this underdeveloped entry into the world is not at all uncommon. In Europe, an estimated one in four babies are born via C-section in the UK, with numbers creeping as high as 52 percent in Cyprus, Italy.3 And if a lack of maternal bacteria doesn’t leave a baby at a disadvantage, there are plenty of other factors that can contribute to a decline in gut health - mainly, eating a modern diet of inflammatory, processed foods known to irritate the gut and weaken its natural defence. The gut may be further compromised by environmental toxins and daily stress, along with antibiotic abuse, now considered a modern-day epidemic known to wipe out healthy communities of bacteria with long-term effects on gut health.4

BACK TO BASICS

No matter how much damage has been done or how weak the digestive system may be after years of less-than-optimal living, it’s still possible to restore healthy levels of friendly bacteria in the gut. You can do this by going back to where it all began - by supporting your gut with soil- based probiotics that populated the body in the Garden of Eden. Since the dawn of time, these natural bacteria from the earth were transmitted to the gut when plants covered in soil-based probiotics were eaten directly from the ground.

Not only are soil-based probiotics natural, but they have scientific backing too. Ordinary probiotics are available off the shelf, often made with one or two strains of good bacteria. Ever-popular probiotic yoghurts don’t fare any better in what they can offer the human gut. Most dairy probiotics are commercially produced from cows reared in barns, administered high levels of antibiotics that destroy these protective bacteria in the gut. Probiotic yogurt from organic grass-fed cows can provide some nutritional benefits without harmful levels of chemicals, but no dairy- based probiotic formulation has double- blind, crossover studies to back it.

Nothing compares to potent probiotics that come straight from the source: the earth.

We now know that the human body has trillions of bacterial cells, and commercial probiotic pills and dairy products are limited in the support they can offer the gut. Soil-based probiotics, in comparison, are made with 29 different strains of beneficial bacteria. Soil-based probiotics also contain the prebiotic Leonardite that gives friendly bacteria their food source in the intestines. In a published peer- reviewed, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, a 29-strain soil-based probiotic was found to effectively replenish healthy G.I. microflora, relieve digestive discomfort, promote regular elimination, and support overall good health.5

Taking a probiotic this powerful has an immediate effect on the body. As you might remember, we established that the gut and its many bacteria are interconnected with all parts of the body. Boosting gut health with friendly bacteria (the more, the better) can help to repair intestinal damage, improve teeth and gum health to protect against the onset of systemic disease, calm inflammatory acne in the skin, and even provide an early treatment option for osteoporosis.6,7,8,9 A hefty dose of probiotics in the gut provides proven weight loss, neurological, and anticancer benefits.10,11,12

It’s comforting to know that bugs in the body aren’t the enemy. On the contrary, an army of probiotics in the gut can be your best ally in the fight against chronic disease. Improving and maintaining your good health can be as simple as taking a daily probiotic. Once the gut receives this invaluable support, all other systems fall into place.

 

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