Why Are Probiotics So Important?

by Dr. David Minkoff April 25, 2019 5 min read

Why Are Probiotics So Important?

First let’s define probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria (micro-organisms) that live in your body and mainly in your gut. They assist in proper digestion and play a very large role in the health your gut and, really, your whole body.

In fact, your intestines are home to over 1,000 different species of bacteria (probiotics), and each strain performs its own unique functions in the body. 

These bacteria are so important that approximately 80% of your immune system actually lives in your gut in the form of these beneficial bacteria. 

The only problem is… these beneficial bacteria are under attack.

In today’s world, our food is processed, sugary, and nutrient-deficient from overused soils. 

Environmental toxins pervade our air, water and food. 

And toxic substances from cosmetic products are absorbed through our pores.

This isn’t an exaggeration, it’s actually where we’re at. 

Why does this matter? Because all these toxins make their way into our gut to be dealt with. And in a normally functioning gut they would be dealt with and eliminated. 

But when there’s too many they start destroying the beneficial bacteria that are supposed to handle them. This then throws the whole ecology of your gut out of balance and that leads to new problems. 

You see, your bowels are the body’s primary elimination and detox pathway. It’s how all the garbage, toxins, and digestive byproducts leave your body. 

So, when you’re “backed up” these toxins are unable to leave through elimination. But they have to go somewhere. 

And, unfortunately, they do. They are reabsorbed by the intestinal wall. 

Now, think about that for a moment. These are toxins. If your digestive system is already slow, some of that “food” has actually gone bad already. 

Some of it is environmental poisons the body is trying to quarantine and get rid of. To your body… it is poison. 

And that’s what is getting reabsorbed into your body and blood stream. 

This leads to “autointoxication” where the toxins build up in your liver, your lymphatic system, your skin, and even your brain, leading to surprisingly diverse and baffling symptoms — far beyond mere constipation.

The amount of conditions traceable to an unhealthy gut is a little overwhelming. In fact, you might not connect digestive problems with the following — but they are very definitely connected:

  • Allergies 
  • Arthritis 
  • Autoimmune Diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acne, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia
  • Leaky Gut
  • Mood disorders
  • Autism
  • Dementia

In fact, many diseases that seem to be unrelated are actually caused by lowered gut health, or at the very least are seriously influenced by it. It can even contribute to Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. 

Overall body health truly does begins in the gut.

 

SO HOW DID WE GET HERE?

100 years ago we lived off the land and got our hands dirty. 

We had no GMOs or pesticides, and no one looked for an “organic” label on food because what else was there?

We didn’t have petrochemicals entering our bodies through the air we breathed or the water we drank, and especially not through the food we ate. 

And there were no processed foods, deficient in nutrients or live enzymes and stuffed with sugars. 

But today, despite our best efforts, we do. 

Today most of us regularly consume processed or sugary foods of one sort or another. 

We’ve used medications, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, acid blocking drugs, and even steroids.

And we’ve definitely been exposed to toxins and heavy metals through air pollution, water and the food we eat.

All of these things have an effect on the bacteria in your gut. In fact, they determine what kind of bacteria you have in your gut — harmful or beneficial. 

If you eat processed, sugary foods, drink chlorinated water, as much of it is these days, and also absorb toxins from polluted air, water and cosmetic products, then these will actually begin to kill off the beneficial bacteria in your gut and create an environment in which the harmful bacteria thrive and grow. 

Gut bacteria work at three different levels: 1) At the gut surface, 2) within the gut wall, and 3) beyond the gut, inside your body’s systems. 

If your gut bacteria perform well at all of these levels you will have better digestion, improved bowel movement, optimal good - bad bacteria ratio, less food allergy symptoms, low risk of gut conditions and improved overall health. 

 

SO, HOW DO WE GET PROBIOTICS NATURALLY?

Well, we can get them from fermented vegetables, this is a fantastic way as these are full of good, beneficial probiotics. 

Eating organic foods is definitely a must, not only because you will get some of your probiotics from these but because pesticides actually kill probiotics, so we need to stay away from those. 

Yogurts is another good way, but… Not store-bought yogurts. 

In the main, the commercial yogurts you find will more often than not have most of their probiotics killed off through pasteurization, leaving little to no live probiotics, which is what you need. 

Beyond that they are often stuffed with sugars, essentially doing the opposite of what we want. So, if you want probiotic-rich yogurts, get a good, live culture and make it yourself. Then you’ll know it’s good!

And then there is probiotic supplementation, arguably one of the best methods. 

Supplementing with a high-quality, high-quantity probiotic with not just regular lactobacillus strains, but also Spore Probiotics (Soil-Based organisms) can have a very powerful effect on not only your gut health, but your overall health. 

Your body just can’t fight off the shear number of outside sources making their way in, and also get what it needs, without help. 

Here are some key factors to think with in evaluating a good probiotic formula:

  • Does it contain multiple bacterial strains of known effectiveness?
  • Is it viable? Meaning, will it survive the harsh acids of the stomach and make it into the lower intestine where it does its best work?
  • Does it remain stable for a long time without refrigeration?
  • Does it thrive in the intestine?
  • Is it in a high enough quantity of CFUs (Colony Forming Units — should be at least 20-30 billion)?

Unfortunately, many manufacturers make claims that their probiotic product supports digestive health when it most likely doesn’t, which is why it’s very important to know what criteria to look for.

A good probiotic should:

  • Adapt well to the human body
  • Be acid- and bile-resistant for intestinal survival
  • Help promote your digestive health
  • Aid in supporting your immune system
  • Contribute to long-term colonization of your intestinal flora
  • Produce significant quantities of lactase to potentially aid in lactose intolerance challenge
  • 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
  • Support colon health through its control over bile acids
  • Support gut health and helps promote normal stools
  • And much more…

That’s why we created our new Perfect Immune Defense Probiotic, containing over 40 billion colony-forming bacteria in a specially made capsule to ensure they make it through the harsh acids of your stomach to the small intestine where they’re needed. 

These probiotics were specifically made so that you would not need several different kinds but could have everything you need, no matter who you are, in one product. 

I highly recommend you get these and take them every day for not only improved digestion but improved health. 

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.


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