Body Biotics SBO: What’s the Dirt?
Soil-based probiotics are taking the supplement world by storm. Probiotics are highly popular but massively misunderstood. Did you know that the word “probiotic” is so overused that the European Food Safety Authority has banned its inclusion on all food names in the European Union? In this blog post, I’m going to give you all the “dirt” on these unique probiotics.
What is a spore-based probiotic?
A spore-based probiotic is a probiotic that has its ingredients derived from the soil. They are sometimes called soil based probiotics or SBOs (soil-based organisms). In my previous post about other spore-based probiotic formulas, I described the long history of humans consuming spore-based probiotics even before probiotics were discovered! SBOs are so important to our well-being and overall health. This is due to the benefits they produce in our bodies regarding digestion and greater absorption of nutrients. Also, they work to get rid of any disease-causing pathogens in the body (as well as other toxins).
Taking probiotics isn’t enough sometimes. To get the most out of your PRObiotic, you need to incorporate PREbiotics. Without this highly important inclusion of prebiotics, it is harder for probiotics to multiply before making their way through the digestive tract. The proprietary blend in Body Biotics SBO addresses this. The ancient blend of Humic and Fulvic acids create a blend with 8 bacteria superhero strains. By maintaining the integrity of the natural process of fermentation and creation, Body Biotics takes the once “simple” probiotic supplement to the next level. This formula was developed to properly crowd out the harmful organisms found in the digestive system. The result? Improved immune function, gut integrity, and absorption of nutrients.
The friendly bacterial strains in this formula include:
- Lactobacillus Acidophilus
- Bifidobacterium Bididum
- Bacillus licheniformis
- Bacillus Subtilis
- Lactobacillus Lactis
- Lactobacillus Casei
- Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
- Lactobacillus Plantarum
You might be wondering, why do all of these strains have long names? This refers to the structure of the bacterial strain and how they form. For example, the bacillus gene forms spores that are utilized for probiotic purposes. The lactobacillus or bifidobacteria forms do not. In lactobacillus, however, the cells themselves are used as probiotics.
An important note on dosage…
For adults, I recommended to start by taking 1 capsule a day for the first week, 20-30 minutes before a meal. The second week, increase to 2 capsules a day. After week 2, you can increase the dosage by one capsule each week until you have reached your desired goals. Most adults will level off at 4-7 capsules per day for a couple of months and then reduce to 2-4 capsules per day. Children 2 years and older may take ½ of adult dosage (up to 2-4 capsules per day).
Are there initial side effects?
Like most probiotics on the market, there will be some digestive side effects. Like I described previously, these side effects may be uncomfortable at first. This means that the formula is doing its job, however. You can think of your gut as a war-zone with many small groups of bacteria competing for space. When you introduce a new group of bacteria by taking a probiotic, the existing groups will react and cause cause, bloating, GERD, or irregular bowels.
Is this better than a competing over-the-counter probiotic supplement?
Over-the-counter probiotics are taking over our grocery store pharmacy shelves. They are easy to buy when you are grabbing groceries, and not to mention cheap. So, why are spore-based probiotics worth your time and money? University of North Texas professor, Brian McFarlin, had that same question. He studied the effectiveness of spore-based probiotics compared to a placebo. Published in the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology, McFarlin certainly knows his stuff. He found that there was a reduced toxins in the bloodstream of those who took soil-based probiotics.
Are there any interactions with medications?
Probiotics will stimulate your immune cells, so it is wise to consult with your practitioner if you have any autoimmune conditions. I recommend taking probiotics on an empty stomach or at the beginning of the meal. If you take a fiber supplement, do not take your probiotics, or any supplement or medication at the same time.
Body Biotics is gluten free, GMO-free, with no artificial flavors or additives. It does not have to be refrigerated.
One of the things I love about digestive health is that there is always new information coming out, or a new formula to discover. I have included some interesting readings for those of you who love to get into the numbers and science of it all:
Digestive health is sensitive and personal. It has the ability to affect both your personal and professional life. So, it requires time, effort, and patience to determine the best route for you and your gut. We do not all have the time (nor the patience) to determine what is best to address our digestive issues - that’s why I’m here! If you’re looking for a new way to address your digestive discomforts, Schedule a consult with me, Carly Neubert BA, NC.