Following Natalie Lamb’s super helpful Q&A post on the GAPS Intro Diet last week, she has kindly written the following for us all about Probiotics. Thank you so much Natalie!
Probiotics are live bacteria. We all house trillions of different bacteria in our bodies. Those considered beneficial play an essential role as our first line of defence, in supporting efficient digestive function and supporting immunity. More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates said that “all disease begins in the gut”. I feel this is still relevant today and believe too that means that optimal health throughout the whole body must also begin in the gut. A number of factors can compromise an optimal balance of beneficial bacteria throughout the body, including antibiotic therapy, infection, stress, travel or a period of unhealthy nutrition. Gut flora imbalances can also be indicated in numerous symptoms that may at first not be seen to be related to the gut such as fatigue, poor concentration, anxiety, low mood, headaches etc.
An effective solution is to supplement the microflora by taking a probiotic to restore the balance. Probiotics have been defined as ‘live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host’. Traditionally we consumed fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and pickles on a daily basis. Now days we tend to use probiotic supplements offering a standardised dose in an easy to consume capsule.
Bio-Kult is a unique multi-strain probiotic with 14 strains of beneficial bacteria. A multi-strain probiotic has been shown to be able to exert more positive benefits and reach more areas of the gut, therefore being able to help a more diverse range of digestive disorders. The Bio-Kult dosage we recommend on the box is 1-2 capsules once or twice a day. As part of the GAPS diet Natasha Campbell McBride recommends Bio-Kult is built up slowly starting with a very small amount (such as 1/4 capsule or less for 3-5 days) and observe for any ‘die-off’ symptoms. We understand that effective dosage will differ between individuals, be dependent on their level of dysbiosis and the condition or imbalance being addressed. Whilst eradicating pathogenic overgrowth from the body, one may experience a side effect known as ‘die off’ which could be more severe when commencing probiotic intake with a higher dose. Bio-Kult gives flexibility to vary the dosage as required. Natasha only recommends the higher dose for a short period of say 6 months, when you can then to drop to a lower maintenance dose. As you can appreciate Bio-Kult is a very popular product and is used successfully by many people other than those solely on the GAPS diet. We believe that it is the greater number of strains in a product that are more important than the Bio-Kult is an extremely stable probiotic.
Bio-Kult is manufactured using the latest techniques. The beneficial bacteria themselves are encapsulated (with a protective coating) during a freeze drying process. This process protects the bacteria while on the shelf and means that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. We have undertaken a study to show that Bio-Kult can survive in a harsh acidic environment such as that of the stomach. The Bio-Kult blister packs offer further protection against moisture and extremes of temperature. An external laboratory undertakes regular rigorous stability testing on so unlike some other companies we are able to guarantee stability and count until the end of the two year shelf life when kept at room temperature up to 25 degrees C, opposed to at time of manufacture.
Natalie Lamb is the Technical Adviser for Bio Kult Probiotics. For further information please visit http://bio-kult.com