Recently, researchers handed us a surprise that few people expected…
We learned that our genes are only responsible for about 10 percent of our health, a complete turnaround of what many health professionals believe. So what about the other 90 percent?
Instead of faulty genes, researchers believe one area that matters most is your microbiome – or the microbial makeup or flora of your gut.
If your gut is not healthy, you will not be healthy.
With this new knowledge, I believe we have an extraordinary opportunity to take control of our health like never before.
Before I share with you a promising tool to maintain optimal gut health, it’s important you understand a little more about why your microbiome matters so much…
The Role That Microbes Play in Your Body…
If you were fortunate and had a vaginal delivery at birth, you started life with a hefty dose of microbes from your mother as you traveled through the birth canal. And you received even more if you were fed baby’s perfect food – breast milk.
This “collection” of microbes became your first line of defense against invading germs, and over the years has become something like your own personal fingerprint.
The microbes in your body differ depending upon where they live. You have certain species of bacteria living, for example, in your mouth, skin, nose, and gut.
Of all the parts of your body, the most important and the most complex “habitat” for your microbes is your gut…
7 Ways Your Gut Bacteria Influence Your Health
Living in your digestive tract are more than 1,000 different species of bacteria. And they’re very busy at work:
- Directing the activity of hundreds of genes.*
By turning on or off genes, they change the instructions going to your cells for supporting health.*
- Helping to calibrate your immune system.*
Experts believe about 80 percent of your immune function is located in your digestive tract.
- Helping to promote a normal allergic response.*
By helping to protect the membrane lining of your intestinal wall, they help stop undigested food, bacteria and metabolic wastes from escaping into your bloodstream.*
- Helping to digest your food and produce nutrients.*
They’re essential for optimal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, and they help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and aid in the elimination of toxins.*
- Making you feel happy or blue.
Your gut bacteria have a significant impact on your brain function and mental state.*
- Helping to support your urinary tract health.*
Evidence suggests that regular use of probiotics may help support urinary tract health by maintaining a population of healthy bacteria in selected areas of your urinary tract.*
- Helping to support vaginal health in women.*
Similar to your digestive tract, a woman’s vaginal health depends on the right balance of bacteria.*
And this is just the beginning, assuming you have a healthy diversity of the right kinds of bacteria in your gut. But that’s not always the case.
Scientists are increasingly concerned that our gut bacteria – or microbiome – are changing in the modern world. And that’s altering the signals going to your DNA, which isn’t a good thing…
The Hidden Effects of Gut Bacteria That Can Make You Feel
Sleep-Deprived and Blue
There is a vast network of neurons or brain cells nestled within your gut tissue. This is your enteric nervous system (ENS).
Your ENS is often referred to as your “second” brain. It controls both digestion and your mental well-being, often separate from the brain in your head…
In fact, there’s 400 times more melatonin in a healthy gut than in the brain’s pineal gland, where many people believe it originates!
If you have changes to your gut bacteria, you’re likely to feel the effects in your mood and sleep patterns, too.
9 Things That Can Make Your Microbiome Go Out of Whack
How do your gut microbes become unbalanced or lose their diversity, assuming they were healthy at one time?
There are 9 major reasons, and these factors are likely responsible for the microbiome changes scientists are so concerned about:
Most antibiotics indiscriminately destroy large numbers of both beneficial and disease-causing bacteria in your gut. Whether you just finished a course last week or took them years ago, your balance may be altered. This includes hidden antibiotics in food, especially factory-farmed meats and conventional dairy products.
- Heartburn pills
A British study on twins suggests that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) taken for heartburn can alter your gut flora.
- Fluoridated and chlorinated water
The chlorine in chlorinated tap water can potentially destroy both the bad bacteria and the good, friendly bacteria in your gut. The same is true for fluoride.
- Sugar and fructose
One of the fastest ways to create an imbalance – and feed the bad guys – is to eat too much sugar and processed foods.
- Processed, refined foods
Processed foods, including pasteurized milk, can harm your good bacteria. Eating a typical Western diet high in carbs and refined sugar produces a profoundly different microbiome than one high in vegetables and fiber.
- Bioengineered foods, pesticides and other agricultural chemicals
Certain genetically engineered foods and even some non-GMO foods that are not organic, like wheat, can contain glyphosate, an agricultural herbicide that’s been shown to target and destroy good gut bacteria. Conventionally raised animals are typically fed bioengineered grains, such as GE corn.
- NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
Certain popular over-the-counter painkillers can damage cell membranes and harm healthy gut flora.
Stress affects your gut in a number of ways including hindering the production of enzymes and absorption of nutrients, and reducing oxygen levels and blood flow. Plus, it alters your brain-gut connection (via the vagus nerve), and can impact the functioning of your entire GI tract, including your gut flora.
Airborne particulate matter from car exhaust, home furnaces, and industry, as well as livestock emissions travel from your lungs to your intestines, and can alter your gut bacteria and your intestinal barrier. It can contaminate the food and water supply, leading to further injury of your gut bacteria.
Now that you know what can destroy or upset the balance of your microbiome, let’s look at what you can do to help restore it so it can support your health and well-being.
Don’t Be Fooled by Commercial Yogurt Claims…
You’ve seen the commercials and ads…
- “Eat this probiotic yogurt daily and see a difference in your digestion… your regularity… your belly… or abdominal comfort (insert your own symptom!) in as little as two weeks.”
Clearly targeting women, probiotic yogurt has become big business. I recommend you don’t get sucked in, for several reasons.
Commercially bought yogurts are typically:
- Pasteurized, a high heat treatment that kills organisms, including probiotics, unless they are added afterwards
- Sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners, neither of which I recommend for your health
- Made from factory-farmed dairy and may contain growth hormones and antibiotics
- Not backed by reliable science that the claims are true
When you eat sugar – often found in commercial yogurt products – you feed the bad bacteria in your gut. You want to do the opposite… you want to nourish the beneficial bacteria.
Even if the yogurt contains the probiotics you need, the numbers of certain bacteria strains can be severely reduced by harsh stomach acids before they reach your small intestine, where they do their most good.
How to Get the Beneficial Bacteria Your Body Needs
If you can’t rely on commercial yogurt, how do you get the beneficial bacteria your body needs?
My top food source for probiotics is fermented vegetables, especially if you prepare them yourself using a high-quality starter culture.
Other good sources for probiotics include unpasteurized, fermented milk products like unsweetened yogurt and kefir, as well as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso and natto (made with organic soybeans or chickpeas).
Please note that commercially prepared or canned products that have been heat-treated won’t supply any beneficial bacteria!
However, as great a source fermented vegetables may be for probiotics (one or more servings a day can provide you with very high numbers), you may not necessarily get all the strains you need.
I realize fermented vegetables don’t appeal to everyone, and not everyone has access to high-quality fermented products. And even if you are including fermented vegetables in your daily diet, I recommend you consider some extra gut health support…
Even MORE Important Than a Multivitamin Supplement
Environmental factors like the ones described above are taking their toll on Western health and well-being.
For that reason, I recommend if you are not regularly consuming fermented foods (remember nearly all yogurts don’t count) there is great value in adding a high-quality probiotic supplement to your daily regimen. I believe it’s become even more important than taking a multivitamin…
Two things are crucial when selecting a probiotic: Look for one that contains a wide array of strains that are proven valuable for health. And make sure they’re in large enough numbers, or CFUs.
CFUs, or “colony-forming units,” are a measurement of the living organisms in the product. Only living, or viable, bacteria can benefit your body.
Here are some other important factors to look for when shopping for a probiotic supplement:
- Independently tested to validate high potency
- Acid- and bile-resistant to survive the transit through your stomach to your intestines
- Contains a source of prebiotics for improved probiotic performance*
- Includes proven strains for microbiome, immune, and digestive support, specifically the super-strain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1*
- Packed in a hard capsule to protect fragile ingredients
- Doesn’t contain any bioengineered ingredients
The Newest Addition to the Complete Probiotics Family: My Strongest Microbiome Support Yet
If you are familiar with my Complete Probiotics, you know we already have a top-notch product. There’s nothing in its class on the market that compares.
But I wanted to provide an even higher potency probiotic choice for those who want greater microbiome support. Perhaps you’ve recently taken an antibiotic… you drink fluoridated water… or you simply wish your immune function was stronger.*
You may need more support.
My Complete Probiotics (100 Billion CFU) product is ideal not just for special occasions, but for everyday use. In my opinion, you can’t have too many beneficial bacteria in your gut.
I’ve selected 10 outstanding strains, the same as what you find in my Complete Probiotics (70 Billion CFU), only in greater numbers:
- Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus plantarum
- Lactobacillus salivarius
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus
- Lactobacillus brevis
- Bifidobacterium lactis
- Bifidobacterium longum
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Streptococcus thermophilus
Just like my Complete Probiotics (70 Billion CFU), my Complete Probiotics (100 Billion CFU) contains Fructooligosaccharide (FOS), which serves as a prebiotic.*
Prebiotics are plant-based, digestive-resistant fiber carbohydrates that help the probiotic bacteria grow and flourish.
These fibers are not fully digested by your body, so they stay behind in your GI tract, and make a perfect “food” for your gut bacteria. Many of them are converted to short-chain fatty acids that also nourish your gut cells.
13 Reasons This Unique Probiotic Strain Is So Sought-After
Of all the probiotic bacteria strains, there’s one that stands out…
Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1.
Discovered and researched for over 40 years at a leading U.S. university, this super-strain stands shoulders above the rest.
With regular use, this unique strain may:
- Colonize the intestinal tract in high numbers*
- Provide long-lasting colonization*
- Help support your digestive health*
- Survive the harsh acidic environment of the stomach
- Survive the high alkalinity and presence of bile acids of the small intestine
- Produce a substance that helps balance gut bacteria*
- Help protect against disease-causing bacteria by forming a shield within the intestinal lining*
- Support cellular health by stimulating the production of immune messengers*
- Support cholesterol levels already within a healthy, normal range*
- Produce lactase to potentially help those unable to tolerate lactose*
- Produce vitamins B12, folic acid, and vitamin B6*
- Support colon health through its control over bile acids*
- Support gut health and help promote normal stools*
While Lactobacillus acidophilus is commonly found in probiotic supplements, this specialized strain, Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1, is not. In fact, it’s quite rare in supplements, but highly sought after because of its many potential benefits.
And because it is of human origin, it’s proven to work exceptionally well in your GI tract.*
Most Lactobacillus bacteria die off quickly, sometimes within hours in your gut, whereas DDS-1 was shown to survive as long as 8 days, a huge plus for a dependable probiotic.*
In my opinion, any probiotic supplement that’s worth investing in must contain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1!
Revolutionary Hard Capsule Protects Fragile
‘Good’ Bacteria From Harsh Stomach Acid
You may have noticed that many probiotics come packed in standard vegetarian capsules.
These capsules can’t always protect probiotic strains from harsh acids and bile. If the strains aren’t acid and bile resistant, you may end up paying a lot of money for benefits you never receive!
With my Complete Probiotics (100 Billion CFU), we do things differently.
It’s no secret that probiotics do their best work in your intestines not in your stomach. Yet to make it through your stomach’s harsh acidic environment unscathed, the probiotic strains need protection.
Not only did we specifically select probiotic strains that are naturally resistant to stomach acid and bile, we took things one step further. Our manufacturer used patented delayed release capsules called DRcaps™ to provide additional protection from stomach acid. The first of their kind, these acid-resistant hard capsules are made of a vegetable substance that slows down capsule opening after swallowing.
They even tested them on human subjects using an Independent lab…
The capsule manufacturers wanted to measure how long it took the hard capsules to reach the intestines and release their contents, so they would be confident that the probiotics wouldn’t be harmed.
Here’s what they discovered:
- DRcaps capsules displayed delayed release properties as designed
- Disintegration started 45 minutes after ingestion versus 5 minutes for a typical immediate release capsule
- For the majority of subjects, complete release occurred in the intestine
- Release was complete with 20 minutes after onset
The DRcaps capsules’ delayed opening was sufficient to protect a probiotic’s fragile bacteria strains from the harsh acidic environment of the stomach!
The Ideal Choice for a Healthy Gut
Let’s just take a final quick look at why my Complete Probiotics (100 Billion CFU) product is your right choice:
- 10 different probiotic strains helps balance your microbiome*
- Contains long-lasting, super strain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1
- Helps protect against “bad” gut bacteria to support your immune health*
- Demonstrates high potency through independent laboratory tests
- Helps support your digestive and colon health*
- Helps produce vitamins B12, folic acid, and vitamin B6*
- Contains valuable prebiotics for optimal probiotic performance
- Helps support cellular health*
- Is acid- and bile-resistant for maximum survival
- Supports cholesterol levels already in a healthy, normal range*
- Helps promote normal stools*
- Packed in acid-resistant, delayed release, patented hard capsules
- Adapts naturally to the human body
- Contains no bioengineered ingredients
With all these potential benefits awaiting you, I know you’ll agree that my Complete Probiotics (100 Billion CFU) product is a winner once you try it.
It’s Up to You to Support Your Microbiome… No One Else Will Do It for You
I firmly believe that supporting your gut flora or microbiome may be one of the most important steps you take this year for your health.
I’ve shown you what can happen when your microbiome goes out of balance or lacks important bacteria strains. Whether your goal is to tune up your immune system, help calm your gut, or just help safeguard your health, the timing is right to take action.
And you couldn’t find a more valuable tool than my Complete Probiotics (100 Billion CFU) to help you do it…
Think of it as your 100 billion-strong army-in-a-bottle. Order your supply today and unleash the good guys to go to work for you!