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Fiber and Probiotics: Why This Little-Known Combination is Key for Good Digestive Health

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For years, fiber has been touted as one of the most important parts of a healthy diet and healthy elimination. And it’s true…to a degree.

Enter probiotics. Over the past decade, probiotics have been growing in worldwide popularity in the medical and natural health community. Everything from yogurt to ice cream and beauty products are now boasting “live cultures” to improve digestion and elimination, boost your energy, and even restore a youthful appearance.

Separately, fiber and probiotics are important additions to your diet. But did you know that together, they can create a powerhouse of health benefits?

The Incredible Health Benefits of Fiber and Probiotics

Fiber is an indigestible substance found in carbohydrates, like whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables and fruits. A great deal of research has been done on the health benefits of fiber.

Here are some of fiber’s health benefits:1

  • Fiber helps maintain a normal weight.
  • Fiber helps relieve constipation and hemorrhoids.
  • Fiber has a role in disease prevention, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, gall stones, kidney stones and diverticular disease.

Although fiber is an important part of a balanced diet and plays a role in regulating the digestive system, fiber does NOT address the core problems that lead to poor digestive health.

Here’s why:

  • Fiber does not address the cause of digestive problems. Fiber is inert, it is more analogous to the use of a roto-rooter to unclog a pipe and improve the flow through that pipe; this is important but it does not fix the original cause of the clogged pipe.
  • Fiber does not balance your gut ecology. Your gut ecology plays a key role in digestive health. Your digestive system is incredibly complicated and serves several functions beyond digestion of food and nutrient absorption. In fact, your digestive system is an ecological system housing good bacteria and yeast living in homeostasis with bad bacteria and yeast. This combination of microflora — the good guys and bad guys in your digestive tract — make up your gut ecology. If your gut ecology is out of balance, you experience poor digestive health. Probiotics (good bacteria and yeast) means “for life” and they actually help us live healthier lives by aiding digestion and assimilation, boosting immunity, increasing energy and improving the nutrients in our food. They also help to balance out your gut ecology by keeping the bad bacteria and yeast at bay.

So you might think of fiber as a facilitator of the digestive process and probiotics as the team of microflora that create a healthy environment in your gut.

Now that you know about probiotics, there’s another critical fact to be aware of: most people don’t have enough of them in their gut. Unfortunately, in our modern, on-the-go lives, we often encounter the very things that kill good bacteria and yeast (probiotics): the typical American diet (yes, what you eat matters!), alcohol and drugs (prescription, over the counter and recreational) and environmental toxins.

Chief among the probiotic-killers are things many people face daily: stress and processed foods (sugar, bread, fast foods and packaged foods).

All of this means that your gut – and your digestive health – starts to break down.

And this is when most people begin to notice symptoms, like gas, bloating, abdominal pain, GERD, food allergies, IBS, Chron’s disease and more.

What If You Put Fiber and Probiotics Together?

With a deep background in detoxification and the application of nutrition and botanical medicine for creating digestive health, the question of fiber and probiotics began to pique my curiosity.

What happens if you put them together?

After all, the probiotics can facilitate gut health and the fiber can help move things along in your digestive tract. Seems like a winning combination, right?

The answer is a resounding YES, BUT…you need the RIGHT probiotics and the right combination of ingredients to truly make this winning combination come alive.

Research demonstrates that most strains of probiotics don’t make it past your stomach. The reason is that as soon as these good bacteria and yeast strains hit your stomach acid, they essentially die.

Does this mean that probiotics are not good for you?

Not at all! Even dead, probiotics have beneficial affects on your digestive system and immunity. However, they do not seem to re-colonize (or re-populate) in a gut that is lacking the necessary probiotics to begin with.

And that’s the goal…to re-colonize your intestines with plenty of good bacteria and yeast so that your gut ecology balances out and contributes to your overall health, energy and well-being.

To learn more, read: Six Foods to Eat and Avoid for Your Best Detox Diet.
So what strain of probiotics can make it past your stomach acid and change the environment of your intestines?

How to Balance Your Gut Ecology and Improve Your Digestive Health

With the goal of finding a probiotic that would change the environment of the intestines, I began to study the soil organisms. This lead me to a probiotic strain that is widely known and used in other countries: Bacillus subtilis.

Bacillus subtilis has a long history of use, along with research studies showing:

  • Bacillus subtilis has been shown to fight human bacterial pathogens.2
  • Bacillus subtilis has been shown to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, a pathogen that is the major cause of chronic gastritis and peptic ulcer disease (16) and is a risk factor for gastric cancer in humans.3
  • Bacillus subtilis has beneficial effects on the immune system and has been shown to have anti-tumor effects.4
  • Studies on female chickens found that Bacillus subtilis may lower cholesterol in the liver and carcass, reduce abdominal fat and reduce fat in the liver.5
  • The Bacillus subtilis strain of bacteria actually excretes the coveted nattokinase, known to have health benefits like dissolving blood clots and preventing heart attack and stroke. In fact, the Japanese reap health rewards from eating “natto,” which is a soy product fermented with Bacillus subtilis.
  • Bacillus subtilis balances your gut ecology and promotes the growth of probiotics in your intestines.

Bacillus subtilus has been studied since the 1800’s and has GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status after hundreds of years of use both by health practitioners and in scientific studies.

Even better, Bacillus subtilis is a spore form bacteria. That means it survives the stomach acid 100% intact. It reaches your intestines live and immediately starts to work on improving your gut ecology.

So where does the fiber come in?

Well, Bacillus subtilis needs two types of food in order to thrive:

  1. Fiber
  2. Protein

When you combine Bacillus subtilis with the fiber and protein it needs to thrive, it’s like sending in the Navy Seals to rid your body of the bad guys (bad bacteria and yeast) and clean up your intestines — so the good guys (good bacteria and yeast) can set up shop.

A Winning Combination for Your Digestive Health and Immunity

Upon learning all of this, I wanted to find a way for my clients to benefit from Bacillus subtilis.

But there was nothing on the market that combined this soil probiotic with the right amount (and quality) of fiber and protein to allow it to thrive, thus improving gut ecology.

So I formulated my own product, called Living Fiber. Living Fiber is a unique product that combines the power of Bacillus subtilis with a proprietary form of the superfood, Jade Chlorella Pyrenoidosa (protein for the Bacillus subtilis) – one of the world’s oldest foods, and a proprietary prebiotic (fiber that feeds Bacillus subtilis).

To learn more about Jade Chlorella, read: Fall into Health: The 4 Steps to Great Health Through Detoxification.

This combination creates a cleansing and detoxification powerhouse that can help improve the motility of your intestines, balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut and boost your energy and immunity.

Living Fiber is for you if you:

  • Want to start a cleanse or detoxification program (In which case, I recommend Living Fiber and Seigen for an even more effective cleanse).
  • Experience IBS – There is already promising research showing the benefits of Bacillus subtilis on IBS, so I have already started my own research trial on Living Fiber and benefits for IBS.Jade Cholorella is also promising for IBS. Last year an independent research trial on the health benefits of Jade Chlorella demonstrated excellent results with IBS symptoms. One of the outcomes from the study was the suggestion by the review board that a larger scale IBS specific study be performed.
  • Suffer from constipation, Chron’s disease, gas, bloating or diverticular disease.
  • Have candida, parasites or a bacterial infection.
  • Have a healthy digestive system and wish to maintain digestive health and overall well being.

Living Fiber is not native to the human intestinal tract, so it provides its benefits while inside your body and is excreted out. What it does, is leave behind clean, balanced intestines, so that you can re-colonize your intestines with healthy bacteria and yeast.

Once your gut ecology is balanced with Living Fiber, you can reap even more rewards by consuming fermented foods and drinks, like cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids.

Living Fiber is FREE of: sugar, salt, wheat, soy, magnesium stearate, corn, milk, fillers, binders, flow agents, artificial colors and artificial flavors.

Click here to learn more about Living Fiber.

You deserve to feel your best and now you can, with the power of the right probiotics and fiber in Living Fiber!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any diseases.

 


Sources

1 What Are the Health Benefits of Fiber? eHealthMD.com. http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/fiber/FIB_benefits.html

2 Irina V. Pinchuk, Irina,V., Bressollier, Phillipe, Verneuil, Bernard, Fenet, Bernard,Irina B. Sorokulova, Irina B., Mégraud, Francis and Urdaci1, Maria C. In Vitro Anti-Helicobacter pylori Activity of the Probiotic Strain Bacillus subtilis 3 Is Due to Secretion of Antibiotics. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2001 November; 45(11): 3156–3161.doi: 10.1128/AAC.45.11.3156-3161.2001. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=90797

3 ibid.

4 Kavetsky, R.E., Gromashevsky, V.L. Anticancer And Immunostimulatory Effects Of Nucleoprotein Fraction Of Bacillus Subtilis 7025 Culture Medium Filtrate. Experimental Oncology 25, 199 – 123, June 2003. http://www.exp-oncology.com.ua/en/archives/15/body281.pdf

5 Kalavathy, R., Abdullah, N., Jalaludin, S., Wong, C.M.V.L. and Ho, Y.W. Effect of dried Bacillus subtilis culture on growth, body composition and hepatic lipogenic enzyme activity in female broiler chicks. Br-J-Nutr. 1995 Oct; 74(4): 523-9.

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Dr. Tom Bayne

Dr. Tom Bayne is a chiropractor and international expert in digestive health and detoxification. His philosophy addresses the relationship between structure and function of the human body and how that translates into your best health.

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