We all know gastrointestinal health (GI) is important. The GI tract or “gut” as many people call it, is the home to your immune cells. If your gut isn’t healthy, your health can be impacted in almost every other area. Skin conditions, like acne and eczema, heart issues, joint issues, and brain issues are linked to your gut health.
The best thing for gut health is a healthy diet that includes fermented foods. But pickles, kimchi, and sauerkraut aren’t usually staples in most diets. That is why we rely on probiotic supplements to support gut health. Global Health Trax offers a number of digestive care products. Their premiere formulas are ThreeLac and FiveLac Probiotics. Before I get into the products themselves, let me tell you a bit about the company.
Global Health Trax is a company that focuses on digestive health and supplement products. Their Mission Statement is “To deliver the best digestive nutritional products, with progressive formulations, for optimal wellness, longevity, and an improved quality of life for people throughout the world”.
Now, looking at the individual products, FiveLac and ThreeLac are very similar, but FiveLac has two more types of live bacteria included in the formula. More types of probiotic bacteria allow for greater potency. It also increases the range of effectiveness as the different bacteria target different funguses and organisms. These two extra active ingredients are lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum.
The most important principle when it comes to healthy gut bacteria is balance. You must have a balance between good and bad bacteria. Health symptoms and issues arise when the bad (pathogenic) bacteria end up crowding out the good (probiotic) bacteria/flora. Both of these supplements contain ingredients that help the good bacteria fight off the bad bacteria to reduce the instances of illnesses and diseases. Gut flora/bacteria might sound like some kind of floral or vegetable garden. In a way, it is a garden. Some bacteria are like flowers and plants, while others are noxious weeds.
The gut microbiome is at the forefront of disease treatment, prevention, and research. All of the bacteria within you is called your “microbiome”. It is as unique to you as your fingerprint or iris scan. Your microbiome exists in your gut and on your skin. It’s one of those autonomous systems in your body that you probably never think about until you have something go wrong, like with runny stool or an upset stomach.
But did you know there are so many other conditions which can be affected by a flora imbalance? These include melancholy, anxiety, irritability, lethargy, heartburn, indigestion, lactose intolerance, acne, dry skin, itching, and various fungal diseases and infections.
Before I go much further, there have been some rumors about ThreeLac being banned or illegal to use, but this is not true as ThreeLac and FiveLac are both perfectly legal within the United States.
Candida is a fungus, of the yeast genus, which, when it grows out of control, becomes a fungal infection. So, how do you end up with an overgrowth of Candida? Some of the main ways your Candida levels can become overgrown include taking antibiotics, intaking high levels of alcohol, sugar, and refined carbs, taking oral contraceptives, or having diabetes or a weakened immune system, among other things.
What are the diseases caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus, you may ask? To name a few, this could result in you developing oral thrush, tiredness, and fatigue, recurring genital or urinary tract infections, digestive issues, sinus infections, skin and nail fungal infections, and joint pain.
That’s a lot of different issues across several different body systems for a simple gut bacteria imbalance, right? What many people don’t realize is that your gut (intestinal tract) impacts every part of your life and body. If you keep your gut healthy, you are also keeping your whole body healthy. This is why it is so important that you keep your gut bacteria balanced. So, let’s talk a bit more about the ingredients of these two supplements, dosage, and how easy it is to incorporate these products into your daily lifestyle.
Let’s talk ingredients, starting with the active ingredients. ThreeLac has three active ingredients: Bacillus Coagulans, Bacillus Subtilis, and Enterococcus Faecalis, each of which we’ll take a brief look at.
Bacillus Coagulans is a bacteria used primarily as a probiotic to treat diarrhea, including rotaviral, traveler’s, and diarrhea caused by antibiotics. There has also been some use of B. Coagulans for diseases such as IBS, IBD, gas, and colitis as well as the prevention of some respiratory infections.
Looking at Bacillus Subtilis, this is another bacteria used as a probiotic and commonly used to treat and aid in the treatment of gastrointestinal and urinary tract diseases. In addition, B. Subtilis has been used to help assist digestion, by promoting healthy gut bacteria levels. Research has even gone so far as to experiment with this strain of bacteria with spaceflight exploration and how well it responds to UV rays.
Enterococcus Faecalis is a normally occurring bacteria in your GI tract. It is also normally found in animals. It has been used not only in the food industry as probiotics but also as a starter culture in manufacturing cheese with high salt content and a low pH. If you eat a diet rich in Mediterranean foods such as olives, vegetables, and Mediterranean cheeses, you’ve likely already been heavily exposed to this helpful bacteria. This probiotic bacteria strain has been used in the production and preservation of food for centuries.
The bonus probiotics you get to absorb when you take FiveLac are Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium Longum, meaning that, if you take FiveLac, you don’t need to take ThreeLac.
One of the most common types of probiotics used in the market today is Lactobacillus Acidophilus; it can be found in many fermented foods, yogurt, and supplements, as well as in your intestines(gut).
L. Acidophilus acts by breaking down lactose, a sugar found in milk, into lactic acid, which helps to regulate your healthy and unhealthy bacteria levels. If you want to intake L. Acidophilus regularly, add foods like miso and sauerkraut to your diet as L. Acidophilus is naturally occurring in these foods.
The final bacteria in FiveLac is Bifidobacterium Longum, which is another commonly occurring bacteria that can be found in your gastrointestinal tract. It helps to maintain your immune system, carbohydrate metabolism, and your metabolic homeostasis (balance). There has even been research indicating that B. Longum has some applicable uses for health disorders like IBD, acute infectious diarrhea, and chronic diseases such as Type-2 diabetes and obesity.
Now let me take a look at a couple of the non-active ingredients you can find in these types of supplements.
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are naturally occurring fructose chains found in many plants and foods, like bananas, asparagus, onion, leeks, chicory root, and others, but they don’t have an effect on blood sugar levels as they are nondigestible.
Primarily, FOS is used as an alternative sweetener since it won’t spike your blood sugar and won’t cause weight gain, making it much more preferable than artificial sweeteners which are linked to everything from weight gain to diabetes.
Galactomannan, quite a mouthful, right? Galactomannan is a carbohydrate, or soluble fiber, but is resistant to human digestive secretions, so it functions as dietary fiber. Usually, galactomannan is used as a stabilizer to improve the texture.
As I discussed earlier in the post, probiotics have a wide array of health benefits, with most of the benefits originating in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. But, to recap, some of the symptoms you can address with FiveLac and ThreeLac are candida/fungal overgrowth, melancholy, anxiety, irritability, lethargy, acne, dry skin, lactose intolerance, fungal infections, and heartburn and indigestion.
How do you reap the benefits of these probiotics? Easy! If you decide to take the ThreeLac product, which you can purchase here, you will take two to four capsules per day, with or without food. You can also take ThreeLac in a powder from. FiveLac product is only available in powder and dosage is 1-2 packets/sachets per day.
To use FiveLac, which you can purchase here, take one or two packets per day to start by emptying the packet directly into your mouth followed by a few ounces of water. Or, you can add the powder to some water and drink the mixture. You can take this any time of the day, with or without meals. While there are no specific side effects with FiveLac or ThreeLac, there are some general side effects to probiotics when you first start taking them, including upset stomach, gas, diarrhea and bloating. But, these should go away once your body adjusts to the new supplements.
Global Health Trax recently released an even stronger formula to support intestinal gut health. SevenLac includes all of the probiotic strains as FiveLac, plus Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lactobacillus Johnsonii. SevenLac is available in powdered sachets just like ThreeLac and FiveLac. It comes in lemon or apple flavor.
The two additional probiotic powerhouses in SevenLac have their unique gut protecting properties. L. Johnsonii helps you digest protein and carbohydrates. It may help with ulcers that are caused by H.Pylori. It is a bacteria that helps other bacterias to grow and thrive. A study showed that people who take Lactobacillus Johnsonii for 7 weeks had more good bacteria and less bad bacteria of all types at the end of the test period. It may help with seasonal allergies and nasal congestion as well. L.Johnsonii has been researched for blood pressure, non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD), vaginal infections, and diabetes.
Just like L. Johnsonii, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus helps balance your immune system to reduce allergies. It has been used to prevent and address many digestive disorders. L. Rhamnosus shortens the duration of diarrhea and can prevent colitis and Clostridium difficile infections. It is also used for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and ulcers.
I recommend choosing a probiotic based on your unique needs and symptoms. For chronic conditions like IBS and allergies, I recommend SevenLac. For temporary or acute conditions like vaginal yeast overgrowth, I recommend Fivelac. For general maintenance and gut health, I recommend ThreeLac.
If you want more information about ThreeLac, FiveLac, SevenLac, or other helpful probiotics, please set up a consultation with nutritionist Carly Neubert BA, NC.
In Good Health,
Carly Neubert BA, NC
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