“Probiotic” bacteria help to restore the chemistry in the gut which supports gut function. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that should naturally populate the gut of persons who have a good diet. The good bacteria love to eat and reside in the fiber of vegetables in our guts. Today, we know that such healthy flora come from fermented foods like yoghurt, miso soup, kim chee, saur kraut, tempeh, and kefir. In pre-industrial times, humans ate a lot of food with natural bacteria in it, whether it was from being stored on the ground or in leaves, or foraged for on the earth, or prepared in ways that did not include our sanitary standards. Today, although we benefit from the sanitary aspect of modern food production and storage in many important ways, we miss out on the constant stream of beneficial flora coming in from our food.

There are quite a number of healthful strains of bacteria that live naturally in the gut. One thing that people can do for their health is to take one teaspoon of one of the probiotic foods listed above with each meal. Many people prefer to take a probiotic supplement though. Why? Because supplements are convenient, easy to remember, portable for eating out, and portable for travel. The dosing is also easily reproducible in those cases where people are taking the supplement to improve a symptom or condition.

What are the benefits of probiotic supplements? People report less gas and bloating, and more comfortable and healthy appearing bowel movements. As far as the other benefits, it’s about the chemistry that probiotics create in us from the inside out. The gut is a chemical factory for our body. There are more bacteria in the gut than there are cells of our own body! Each bacteria cell is peeing, and you want that pee to be helpful to your chemistry and not toxic to your body. Healthful probiotics have been shown to support liver detoxification, to decrease proliferation of bad candida yeasts, and to promote intestinal healing with their exudates, whereas the “bad” bacteria only pee out stuff that is toxic to us and to our “good” bacteria.

You can create a good flora colony in your gut and therefore a good chemical factory in your body by taking a probiotic supplement daily. Eat a variety of vegetables each day and it will improve your results in most every case. You will also benefit by minimizing sugars, synthetic ingredients, and processed grains or flours in your diet.

We offer two probiotic supplements among the overwhelming number of options. Strengtia™ is a blend product from Apex Energetics–a line that is sold to practitioners only. It has acidophilus; a healthy yeast (to drive out the bad yeasts); a probiotic strain that is thought to drive out bad bacteria; and a polysaccharide which is a natural food (or pre-biotic) for these bacteria.

Strengtia™ is a best seller at Dr. Skefich’s chiropractic office and has outsold the other lines so much so that Dr. Skefich has discontinued most of the other options. We know from the Apex Energetics’ scientists that probiotics which need refrigeration will not survive past the stomach’s acidity very well. The options offered at The Better Back and Body Shop do not need refrigeration.

We also carry Primal Defense®. This product is a blend of 13 healthful strains of bacteria including two strains of soil organisms. Primal Defense® is fermented in a soil matrix, as well. This makes it a safe facsimile of the naturally occurring soil-touched foods of the old days that was replete with helpful organisms. These are the organisms that our gut counted on for normal functioning. People have reported many benefits of taking Primal Defense® to Dr. Skefich, from digestion help, to immune system, and allergy improvements.

Disclaimer: Apex Energetics and Garden of Life, the manufacturers of Strengtia™ and Primal Defense® probiotic supplements (respectively) make no claims that their products can be used to fix or help medical conditions. © Sylvia Skefich 2019