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Are You Wasting Money on Probiotics?

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ProbioticsIf you’ve ever suffered from annoying digestive issues like heartburn, gas, bloating, constipation or stomach upset, you know how much poor can negatively impact your quality of life. However, you may think that digestive distress is just about being uncomfortable, but the fact is, when your digestion suffers, so do many other aspects of your health.

Your body depends on a healthy, optimally functioning digestive tract to efficiently break down the foods you eat, extract essential nutrients and eliminate toxins. And in truth, the seemingly minor digestive complaints so many people struggle with on a daily basis are actually precursors to much more serious health problems. Unfortunately, this connection has long been overlooked by conventional medicine.

The Little-Known Effects of Poor Digestion
  • Low energy
  • Mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Skin problems
  • Weak immunity
  • Inflammation

To make matters worse, the approach most doctors take to “help” patients complaining of digestive discomfort is to prescribe drugs that do nothing to address the underlying cause of the problem and are riddled with side effects. For example, when people complain of heartburn, doctors frequently recommend acid blocking medications, also known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are the third highest selling class of drugs in the U.S. Many people take PPIs for years, not realizing that they interfere with absorption of nutrients like vitamin B12 and magnesium, cause bone loss and increase the risk of contracting a deadly infection. These drugs also cause rebound symptoms, which is to say, they actually make heartburn worse, leading many people to become increasingly dependent on them for relief.

The Crucial Digestion Connection

More and more research is showing that when your digestion suffers, so does your overall health.[1] Poor digestion can make it difficult for your body to absorb crucial nutrients from the food you eat and to eliminate harmful toxins, resulting in nutritional deficiencies and systemic toxicity. The buildup of toxic matter inside the intestines promotes the growth of harmful microbes, which can set the stage for indigestion and eventually, more serious digestive disorders. This toxic buildup can contaminate the bloodstream and make digestion uncomfortable and progressively less efficient.

Additionally, here’s a surprising fact: Roughly 80% of your immune system is actually found in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract![2] This means that your gut is a key player when it comes to maintaining a strong immune system and optimal overall health.

Why Do So Many People Struggle with Poor Digestion?

The underlying cause of most digestive complaints is simple: a microbial imbalance. Our GI tracts are colonized with bacteria beginning from the day we’re born, and as a result, our intestines are brimming with many different strains of bacteria, some beneficial — some not. The “bad” microbes promote disease, while the “good” microbes promote efficient digestion, helping us to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. These friendly bacteria, also known as (which means “for life”), stimulate the immune system and work to crowd out the bad microbes.

As a result, when we eliminate or reduce the good microbes from our body, we set ourselves up for nutritional deficiencies, the build-up of dangerous toxins, increased susceptibility to infection — and a whole cascade of health problems. Exposure to antibiotics, antibacterial hand soaps and environmental pollutants, as well as poor eating habits and stress can all quickly kill off good bacteria.[3] In fact, antibiotics are one of the very worst culprits, since they are literally designed to quickly kill bacteria (both the good and bad types) in your body, and since so many doctors prescribe them unnecessarily.

Improve Your Health Quickly with Probiotics

The latest scientific research is showing that it’s crucial to make sure you’ve got plenty of good bacteria in your body.[4] And while this may seem like news from the cutting-edge of science — humans throughout the world have actually known this for centuries. Throughout history, people have used fermented foods, which are naturally high in probiotics, such as yogurt, cheese, miso and cultured vegetables, to support intestinal health.

Unfortunately, in this modern day and age, most of us need a little extra help, even if we regularly consume fermented foods. Of course, the big food and pharmaceutical companies are trying to capitalize on the growing popularity of probiotics and have come up with a slew of “probiotic” drinks, snacks and pills that are little more than marketing hype. And of course, as with any health trend, there are some shady supplement companies out there hawking probiotic pills that offer little to no benefits whatsoever.[5] But this doesn’t mean you should stay away from probiotics. In fact, taking a high quality probiotic supplement may make many nagging health problems quickly disappear. However, it’s important to choose the right product so you’re not wasting time, money and the opportunity to revolutionize your health!

Most Probiotic Supplements Are DOA!

Here’s some essential information that you need to know about probiotic supplements: The live bacteria most contain are literally DEAD ON ARRIVAL by the time they make it to you. That’s because most probiotic supplements require consistently cold temperatures to keep the bacteria alive. Even if the bottle is refrigerated in the store when you buy it, you can’t be sure it was refrigerated in the truck, in the warehouse, etc. Just a few hours of exposure to light or heat is all it takes to kill the microbes. And unfortunately, the few advanced
formulas out there that don’t require refrigeration are absurdly expensive.

The live bacteria found in probiotic capsules face another threat once they’re inside your body: the highly acidic environment of your stomach. Unless the capsule is made with special technology designed to protect the live bacteria it contains from the hydrochloric acid found in your stomach, most of it will never make it to your lower digestive tract where you need it most! You’ll see “enteric coated” capsules out there, but I suggest steering clear of these, since they’re typically made with synthetic chemicals and go through a heat intensive process that kills off many of the live bacteria.

How to Avoid Wasting Your Money on Probiotics

As I explained above, most of the probiotic supplements you’ll find out there don’t have what it takes to get the job done – and some are literally worthless! Here are four things to look for to ensure that you’re spending your money on a supplement that’s vital and truly effective:

  1. Shelf stability: Take a product made using advanced Heat Stabilization Technology (HST) so that it does not require refrigeration. This way, you can be sure the friendly bacteria are still alive and thriving. Look for a formula that guarantees at least 10 billion colony forming units (CFU).
  2. Acid-resistant capsules: Look for a formula made with acid-resistant capsules. Ideally, these capsules should also be chemical-free and produced using a low heat method that protects the live bacteria. Steer clear of capsules that have an “enteric coating,” which is typically made with synthetic chemicals and produced under very high heat.
  3. Multiple bacterial strains: Just a single strain of bacteria won’t cut it for broad-spectrum health benefits. Look for a supplement that provides these five bacterial strains, which have the most research backing their effectiveness: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.[6,7,8,9,10]
  4. Prebiotics: Research shows that when prebiotics are added to a probiotic supplement, they help good bacteria to adhere to the intestines and can significantly enhance the effectiveness of the probiotics.[11]
  5. A reasonable price: Some people mistakenly believe if you pay more for a probiotic supplement you get better quality. My advice is to avoid paying more than $20 for a one month supply. There are many companies making bogus marketing claims and charging more than three times this.

The Probiotic Supplement I Recommend

As many of you know, in addition to my work with Live in the Now, I own a company called Stop Aging Now, which has been making premium-grade dietary supplements for over 15 years. Working with my Scientific Advisory Board, I created a convenient, effective and affordable probiotic formula called PurBiotic® that is simply superior to anything else out there, and it has become one of our bestselling products! My goal in creating this formula was to offer a probiotic supplement of superior quality at an amazingly affordable price, so that no one has to suffer the consequences of suboptimal digestion.

I encourage you to shop around do your own research to make sure I’m not shamelessly promoting my own product. But here’s why I am confident that PurBiotic is the best option out there when it comes to comprehensive support for your :

  • It’s Powerful: PurBiotic provides a whopping 15 billion CFU (the equivalent of more than 10 cups of yogurt) of the five most extensively researched, potent bacterial strains. Just one small capsule a day is all you need!
  • It Stays Powerful: PurBiotic is shelf stable and requires no refrigeration because it is made with advanced Heat Stabilization Technology (HST) that guarantees its potency well beyond the time it’s manufactured.
  • It Works Where You Need It Most: PurBiotic is made with an innovative acid-resistant capsule that protects the live bacteria inside, ensuring that it will colonize your intestines. Unlike “enteric coated” capsules, PurBiotic’s acid-resistant capsules are chemical-free and made with a patented low-heat method.
  • It’s Enhanced with Prebiotics: PurBiotic includes NutraFlora® and Inulin, two types of proven prebiotics, which work synergistically with the probiotics to enhances their effectiveness by serving as “food” for the friendly bacteria.
  • It’s Safe and Effective: PurBiotic is made with the utmost care in the USA in an FDA inspected facility to meet the stringent standards of US Pharmacopeia (USP) for quality, purity and potency
  • It’s Affordable and Risk-Free: This amazing formula is available for as low as $12.95 per bottle for a one month supply, which is less than many discount, low quality brands. Plus it ships to you for free, is tax-free and like all Stop Aging Now products, comes with an “any reason” 365-day guarantee.

For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get PurBiotic at a discounted price with free shipping. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.

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References:

1. Lipski, E. (2004). Digestive wellness. McGraw-Hill.Bjarnason, I. (2005).

2. Dig Liver Dis. 2006 Dec;38(Suppl 2):S256-60.

3. Dysbiosis: A Good Neighborhood Gone Bad. Digestive Wellness, 42(8), 382.

4. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2011 Jan;27(1):61-5.

5. ConsumerLab.com. Product Review: Probiotics for Adults, Children and Pets. Retrieved 5.3.12.

6. J Dairy Sci. 2011 Jul;94(7):3288-94.

7. J Physiol Pharmacol. 2009 Dec;60 Suppl 6:5-11.

8. J Indust Microb. 1990 Dec; 6(4):263-267.

9. Pediatrics. 1991 Jul; 88(1):90-97.

10. Brit J Nutr. 2000; 83(02):167-176.

11. Altern Med Rev. 2008 Dec;13(4):315-29.


Josh Corn Joshua Corn -Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.



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Article updated on: July 16th, 2013

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2 Responses to “ Are You Wasting Money on Probiotics? ”

  1. Sue on July 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Thank you for this post on probiotics. I’m thinking that this might be what I need to add to my daily regimen. However; my biggest concern with regard to probiotics is the refrigerated ones vs the others.

    This post gives me all the details of what to look for and buy when it comes to probiotics. All good to know.

  2. Doree on October 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Is it ok to sometimes take two a day?