An Effective Probiotic Protocol to Heal Your Gut
In my two previous blog posts I wrote about the lack of standards in the supplement industry (http://www.vitalityandhealing.com/blog/dietary-supplements-why-quality-matters) and with probiotics in particular (http://www.vitalityandhealing.com/blog/march-02nd-2020).
In this post I will cover a simple yet effective protocol (which has been proven beneficial for countless numbers of individuals) utilizing four different forms of probiotics which offer a comprehensive healing tool for the gut.
What are probiotics?
Commonly known as living bacteria that inhabit our digestive system, “probiotic” literally means promotion of microorganism grown. While usually associated with health-promoting bacteria, probiotics and probiotic supplements can include bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi (yeast).
Common forms of probiotics include:
● Bifidobacterium spp.
● Lactobacillus s pp.
● Bacillus coagulans (bacterial spore)
● Saccharomyces boulardii (fungus)
How are they named?
Probiotic names include a genus (first letter capitalized) and species (follows genus, usually italicized). For example: Lactobacillus r hamnosus
Isolated or subtypes of a strain may also be specified and are usually indicated by extra letters or numbers after the name. For example: Lactobacillus r hamnosus GG or Bifidobacterium longum BB536 ®.
Each genus, species, and subtype can have different actions in the body.
What are CFUs?
Colony Forming Units, or CFUs, are the count of probiotics that a manufacturing company guarantees are in one serving of the product b y the expiry date. This means that prior to expiry, an individual dose of the product should technically contain more CFUs than is indicated on the bottle.
How do probiotics work?
The microbial balance of the body, and most significantly the digestive tract, can be affected by a number of factors, including antibiotic use, dietary patterns, lifestyle, and genetics. Probiotics work by helping to change the colonies that live naturally in the environments they’re exposed to. They encourage the growth of commensal bacteria by directly supplementing their numbers, or by crowding out the non-commensal bacteria that have taken residence where they shouldn’t be.
Benefits of probiotics
Research has demonstrated that probiotics have numerous benefits [1,2,3], including:
●Digestive health/issues: diarrhea, constipation, cramping, bloating, fat metabolism,
mineral absorption, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
● Immune health/immune-mediated conditions: over 2⁄3 of a human’s immune system lives in
● Weight management and metabolism
● Mental health/depression
Dietary sources of probiotics
The most significant source of dietary probiotics is fermented food products, such as yogurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Fermented foods contain a wide variety of bacteria and yeasts that can impart health benefits, but are nearly impossible to specify for strain or quantity of probiotics.
Probiotic supplements are made of bacteria, bacterial spores, or fungi and can be found in oral, topical, or suppository form. Research shows that the benefits of probiotics are dependent on specific families and species of bacteria as opposed to just quantity or CFU count.
Manufacturing and storage
Probiotic manufacturing is different than other supplement manufacturing processes because the category has such a large number of ingredients within it that lead to many different methods of manufacturing. This variety in sources means that products will have varied handling recommendations. While some probiotics, such as Bacillus coagulans (bacterial spore) and Saccharomyces boulardii (fungus) are stable at room temperature, most probiotics are bacteria and require refrigeration because they lose potency and numbers at warmer temperatures. Always note the product label for storage instructions.
The Comprehensive Probiotic Protocol
Begin the protocol using all four probiotic forms discussed above (1. Bifido-Lacto Blend, 2. Bacterial Spore/Soil-Based, 3. Saccharomyces boulardii [fungus]). You may notice some disorder in your gut when you begin taking probiotics in general. Do not be alarmed this usually resolves itself within a week. (If it does not, you may want to stop and consult with a practitioner.) Take the probiotics for four weeks and observe if there is any improvement in your condition. Carry on until you reach a state of little or know change. Continue this for eight weeks then titrate down to the minimum effective dose. Follow the dosing instructions on the label. These are the exact professional, pharmaceutical-grade products and dosing I recommend for my clients:
Ther-Biotic® Complete Powder 2.1 oz
Take 1/4 tsp, twice per day, ongoing. Take in the morning, in the evening, before going to bed, upon waking up, and without food.
BioSpora™ 120 vegcap
Take 1 capsule, twice per day, ongoing. Take in the morning, in the evening, and with food.
Saccharomyces Boulardii 120 vegcap
Take 2 capsules, twice per day, ongoing. Take in the morning, in the evening, without food.
You can purchase these products direct from my professional supplement dispensary at https://wellevate.me/todd-rutkin or by clicking on one of the product links above.
Statements on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided here, on this site and in consultation with Todd Rutkin are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. © 2019 All Rights Reserved | Todd Rutkin, Vitality and Healing Functional Wellness Solutions
Todd is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist® (CNS) and Functional Nutritionist who holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College. He Specializes in Science-based Nutrition with a Focus on Anti-Aging, Vitality, and Rejuvenation. Using targeted laboratory testing, lifestyle modifications and individualized nutritional protocols, he guides his clients in restoring homeostasis and optimal health. Statements on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided on this site and in consultation with Todd Rutkin are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. © 2019 All Rights Reserved | Todd Rutkin, Vitality and Healing Functional Wellness Solutions