Understanding Probiotics And How Plexus ProBio5 Works.
A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. Probiotics are also referred to as the “friendly”, “beneficial”, or “good” bacteria which when ingested acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease.
Probiotics have been proven to prevent the overgrowth of yeast and fungus and produce substances that can lower cholesterol.
My favorite probiotic used to be Plexus ProBio5 (which is why I wrote this in the fist place). It’s a unique blend of five probiotics and enzymes to help promote gut health, digestive health, and support a healthy immune system.
And even though I don’t use ProBio5 anymore, my research in this post is still relevant and helpful.
For years I’ve taken probiotics—every single day—and relentlessly experiment with tons of different brands and dosages often. ProBio5 was a good product to take at an earlier time in my life—as was working with Plexus back then—but now since nutrition school, I’ve moved on to other products that are super high quality ranging in various prices to be able to help more people.
Here Are My Top Probiotic Recommendations Right Now: (by clicking the links to purchase I am paid a tiny kickback):
It’s really all about experimenting until you find the best probiotic regimen for your body and health needs. Maybe ProBio5 and VitalBiome are working for you still, which is totally fine. But if you’re ready for a changeup in your supplement routine, looking to save money, or simply want to try something else, then the above products are a great place to start exploring.
Why does Plexus put enzymes in ProBio5
Yeast and fungal organisms are comprised of proteins, chitin, and cellulose structures. Proteins are broken down by protease enzymes, and cellulose is broken down by cellulase. The chitin structure can only be processed in the presence of the chitinase (chitosinase) enzyme. The enzyme profile in ProBio5, which is micro encapsulated, is designed to process away the protein-based outer layer of yeast and fungal organisms. This then exposes the interior of these organisms to the cellulose of the chitosinase in the ProBio5. Enzymes are efficient and effective in the destruction of yeast and fungi.
So now let’s take a close look at the Ingredients and Benefits of Plexus Probio5:
ProBio5 Friendly Flora In addition to enzymes, it contains very beneficial “friendly bacteria” that assists in supporting the body’s need for a balance of probiotics (micro flora) in the digestive tract. This “friendly bacteria” is delivered in a micro-encapsulation system to ensure that they reach their intended destination in the digestive tract to help rebuild the damage done by the yeast and fungi overgrowth.
Vitamin B6 The probiotics and enzymes in ProBio5 are assisted by the addition of vitamin B6. B6 is required by enzymes involved in protein metabolism and is also essential for red blood cell metabolism. In addition, vitamin B6 helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood. A well oxygenated body is resistant to yeast and fungi.
Grape Seed Extract One of the most powerful of the antioxidants that will fight free radicals. It is 20 times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times stronger than vitamin E. Grape seed extract is a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory substance. Grape seed extract has been extensively researched in universities around the world.
Without sufficient probiotics, your body’s nutrient absorption is impaired; this can result in producing an environment that is supportive of yeasts and fungi growth.
ProBio5 contains five powerful probiotics:Lactobacillus Sporogenes, L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, B. Longum and S. Boulardii.
How may CFUs are in ProBio5?
At the time of manufacture, there are 2 billion probiotic live cells in 1 capsule of ProBio5.
Bacillus Sporogenes is a spore forming probiotic that is able to survive the manufacturing process and caustic stomach acid so it can establish itself in the intestinal tract. Bacillus Sporogenes requires no refrigeration; it has a 50 year history of safe use. Bacillus Sporogenes produces the preferred form of lactic acid which is capable of releasing energy to resynthesize ATP without the involvement of oxygen and is called anaerobic glycolysis.
Lactobacillus — Lactobacilli are bacteria that normally live in the human small intestine and vagina. Lactobacillus Acidophilus is generally considered to be beneficial because it produces vitamin K, lactase, and anti-microbial substances such as acidolin, acidolphilin, lactocidin, and bacteriocin.
L. Acidophilus — This is a powder form of the normal, friendly bacteria that live in our intestines (called flora). Taking acidophilus replenishes our bacterial flora and reduces overgrow of yeast, especially some bacteria which grows well in an acid medium.
L. Planterum — is derived from sour dough and has been demonstrated to improve the recovery of patients with enteric bacterial infections. This bacterium adheres to reinforce the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, thus preventing the attachment of the pathogenic bacteria to the intestinal wall.
B. Longum — One of the most important residents in the human gastrointestinal tract, B. Longum keeps the digestive system running smoothly, blocks the growth of harmful bacteria and boosts the immune system. The organism ferments sugars into lactic acid and has many health benefits for humans. It is often the dominant bacterium found in humans. It is a Gram-positive, anaerobic, branched rod-shaped bacterium. Researchers have identified a number of proteins that are specialized to help B. Longum interact with the human host and persist against harmful bacteria. Future research will now look closely at which genes allow B. Longum to live in different environments such as dairy products, vegetables and the human gastrointestinal tract.
S. Boulardi — The intestinal micro flora are important for maturation of the immune system, the development of normal intestinal morphology, and in order to maintain a chronic and immunologically balanced inflammatory response. The micro flora reinforces the barrier function of the intestinal mucosa, helping in the prevention of the attachment of pathogenic microorganisms and the entry of allergens. Some members of the micro flora may contribute to the body’s requirements for certain vitamins, including biotin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B12.
Why Should You Supplement Probiotics?
Our intestinal tract / colon can maintain its health with 15% unfriendly bacteria, if the body contains at least 85% probiotic friendly bacteria. Most people have this percentage reversed.
More and more research is establishing how important the supplementation of probiotics can be for a variety of conditions.
If your gut is healthy your immune system will be strong (80% of your immune system resides in your gut), you’ll feel happier and less anxious (because 95% of your mood enhancing hormone—serotonin—is also produced by your gut), you’ll sleep better and more restfully (because your serotonin turns into your sleep hormone melatonin at night), your skin will be clearer and smoother (skin irritations are a sure sign your gut is unhealthy so addressing the root issue in your gut will improve this), and many other benefits.
Like I said, a whopping 80% of your immune system and 95% of your body’s serotonin are in your gut, so in my opinion, this is one of the absolute most important things to take care of.
*Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal journey along with some of the information I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner. I don’t ever advocate relying on someone’s blog to make major medical decisions.*
Consuming fermented foods and a diet rich in veggies, healthy fats, and lean proteins are also conducive to supporting your gut health. However, for many of us, eating such a perfect diet all the time just isn’t that easy. And sadly oftentimes it isn’t enough because of food quality, toxic environment, stress, certain medications, etc. so supplementing a good quality probiotic can make a huge difference.
Damaging substances to the delicate intestinal flora balance like chlorine and sodium fluoride—present in most treated city water—are also present in most restaurant beverages. Drinking alcoholic beverages also contributes to the destruction of the intestinal flora.
Antibiotics (check out my research on antibiotics here), birth control pills, steroids, and many other allopathic drugs cause damage to the intestinal flora and to the tissue in the intestinal wall…thus wreaking havoc in the gastrointestinal tract by destroying good bacteria and allowing undesirable bacteria (candida yeast, fungus) to multiply.
And like I said above, when the ratio of good bacteria to bad is lowered, problems begin to arise such as excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity and poor absorption of nutrients.
A good probiotic supplement will contain millions and millions of live bacteria to bolster and replenish levels of the health promoting good bugs in your digestive tract. Once there, these probiotic reinforcements join forces with the existing friendly bacteria to help inhibit the growth of more harmful microbes.
This, in turn, will help improve the digestion and absorption of your food and stimulate and support the immune system.
Trust me, I can talk hours about gut health. (Just ask my sister…lol.) In nutrition school, there was such a strong focus on digestive health and I’m so thankful to have learned even more about this topic. My passion and purpose is to bring as much awareness and info as possible to this. Please, do your homework and research probiotics whenever you have some time. It could save your life one day…like it did mine.
If you have any questions or need to run anything by me, either comment below or email me any time. I’m totally happy to help you any way I can. 🙂
Cheers To Rocking A Healthy Gut!
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