There are millions of organisms that live on our skin, in our mouths, small intestines, and large intestines. These bacteria help each of these organs function better by protecting against infection, creating vitamins, and digesting food. The use and overuse of antibiotics in oral, venous, and topical forms (including soaps) kill off these beneficial organisms and allow other bacteria and yeasts to take hold. We can get some of the beneficial bacteria from certain fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchee (Korean sauerkraut), and brined pickles. Sometimes it’s easier to use supplements. For the month of April, all probiotics are 20% off. (please note, some are in short supply and may need to be special ordered.) These include:
Bacillus Coagulans (formally known as Lactobacillus Sporogenes) from Thorne: I use this product the most and will often start with a bottle of this for patients. If they need more probiotics after a month, I will switch to another at that point in time. Michael Lebowitz wrote in “Clinical Indications for Thorne Research Products“:
Lactobacillus sporogenes is a spore forming probiotic used in Japan for over twenty years. Lactobacillus Sporogenes has these advantages over Lactobacillus acidophilus: 1) it survives manufacturing, shipping, and storage with no loss of viable organisms and does not require refrigeration; 2) it survives stomach acid and reaches the small intestine with no loss of viable organisms; 3) it produces L(+) lactic acid which is fully metabolized to glycogen, whereas lactobacillus acidophilus produces L(-) lactic acid which is metabolized slowly and has the potential to lead to metabolic acidosis.
Pro-Flora Concentrate: These are probiotic pearls especially designed to pass through the stomach to get tot the intestines. It is a combination product of different Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 Plus (professional formula): This product is made from fermenting fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and seaweed for five years and delivers a wide range of probiotic bacteria.
Lactopriv/B: A lactose free, vegetarian, probiotic vitamin powder with several Bifidobacterium.
FloraMend Prime Probiotic from Thorne. This is a new product. It is a heat stable proprietary blend of bacteria that are human derived and will survive the stomach acid. It is lactose, allergen, and excipient free. To read more click here.
Also on sale:
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampu Beauty Bar: Instead of an antibiotic soap consider a probiotic beauty bar that supports rather than destroys the natural skin flora.
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Magoroku skin lotion: This is a great topical for rashes, infections, and other skin problems. It is very effective and replenishing beneficial bacteria to the skin. Unfortunately, this is not a vegetarian product.
F.O.S. powder: This is a natural pre-biotic. Fructooligosaccharides are special carbohydrates that probiotic bacteria digest. It is half as sweet as sucrose, but is not absorbed, so it is used as a sweetener substitute in other countries. It is naturally found in Jerusalem artichokes, sunchokes, chickory, jicama, and bananas. Warning: using too much, too quickly can cause abdominal gas and discomfort.