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Our Philosophy: Why We Don't Use Probiotics

by Advanced Biotics

Our Philosophy: Why We Don't Use Probiotics

At Advanced Biotics, our focus is on improving your microbiome health. You might have noticed that our Daily Microbiome Booster doesn't contain probiotics, and that's a deliberate choice. While probiotics are often hailed as the key to gut health, we've chosen a different path. Let's delve into our reasoning.

Understanding Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, particularly for your gut. While we often associate bacteria with disease and decay, our bodies are actually teeming with both helpful and harmful bacteria. Probiotics are often referred to as "good" or "friendly" bacteria because they support a healthy gut. You'll often find strains like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium in probiotic supplements.

The Challenge with Probiotics

Despite the benefits of probiotics, they come with certain drawbacks. Firstly, they are strain-specific. This means that each type of probiotic performs a specific function. Not all probiotics are created equal, and the benefits of one strain may not extend to another.

Secondly, probiotics are temporary residents in your gut – they don't settle down but just pass through. This raises questions about their long-term impact on your gut's microbial community.

Thirdly, there's the issue of keeping these live microorganisms alive. Maintaining their viability during manufacturing, storage, and finally during their journey through the harsh acidic environment of your stomach is a huge challenge.

Many probiotic products boast high Colony-Forming Units (CFUs) – which is just a fancy way of saying how many bacteria are in there – but the reality is, many of these may not survive the manufacturing process or the time spent on the shelf. And even if they do, your stomach, with its acidic environment, is not exactly a hospitable place for these bacteria.

Recent research has shown that many probiotics, even those with high CFUs, often fail to reach the gut alive, thus failing to deliver the health benefits they promise. It's also worth noting that a high CFU count isn't always better. The quality and diversity of strains are more important than sheer quantity.

Lastly, there's a risk of overuse. Taking too many probiotics can actually disrupt the natural balance of your gut flora, leading to an overgrowth of certain bacterial strains and reducing the overall diversity of your gut microbiome. This diversity is key to a healthy gut.

By choosing prebiotics and postbiotics, we avoid these challenges, offering a more reliable, robust, and balanced approach to supporting gut health. These supplements are not affected by the same viability issues, ensuring that what you're taking actually reaches your gut and contributes to a healthier microbiome.

The Benefits of Prebiotics and Postbiotics

This is where prebiotics and postbiotics come in. Prebiotics are compounds that feed your existing gut bacteria, helping them to thrive. They help the bacteria produce nutrients for your body, leading to a healthier digestive system. Postbiotics, on the other hand, are inactivated bacterial strains that have been shown to confer health benefits. They offer direct health benefits, such as anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties.

At Advanced Biotics, we've chosen specific prebiotics like Bimuno (GOS) and Sunfiber (PHGG), and postbiotics like L-137 for their clear, proven health benefits.

For instance, our Daily Microbiome Booster includes collagen, which supports gut health and overall wellbeing. It helps maintain gut barrier integrity, reduces bloating, and improves mild digestive symptoms. Additionally, our Daily Microbiome Booster includes collagen, which has been shown to support gut health and overall wellbeing, including helping to maintain gut barrier integrity, reducing bloating and improving mild digestive symptoms.

We believe these ingredients support a healthy microbiome in a more comprehensive and balanced way than a single or multi-strain probiotic does.

Our Commitment: Microbiome Positive Nutrition

Our decision to exclude probiotics from our products is rooted in our commitment to holistic microbiome health. We believe in nurturing a balanced and diverse microbiome, rather than simply adding specific strains of bacteria. This philosophy drives our choice of ingredients.

While probiotics can be beneficial, they're not the be-all and end-all of gut health. At Advanced Biotics, we champion a "Microbiome Positive" approach to nutrition. This approach involves understanding the intricacies of your gut health and choosing products that support a balanced, diverse microbiome.

Because our Daily Microbiome Booster doesn't rely on live bacteria, it's easy to transport, store, and use - even in hot drinks or foods. By prioritizing prebiotics, postbiotics, and collagen, we ensure that our products can withstand various conditions, making it easier for you to maintain your gut health, no matter your lifestyle.

At Advanced Biotics, we encourage you to continue learning about your gut health and to choose products that support a balanced, diverse microbiome. Your gut will thank you!