Compare this list with your probiotic supplement, and look for these ingredients that might mean your probiotic is harming your gut health. You may be shocked by what you find.
Manufacturers often use excipients (machine lubricants) and list them because they form a significant portion of the end product. The two most commonly used excipients are Magnesium stearate, and vegetable stearate.
Magnesium stearate and vegetable stearate are the same magnesium compound, but sourced in different ways. Although ‘safe to consume’ in small quantities, they both put strain on your digestive system.
Failing to include a good prebiotic is an almost universal problem in the probiotic industry. No good prebiotic with the probiotic organisms makes it difficult for the bacteria to establish a thriving community. Without the micronutrients they need to reproduce and build their genomes, they resort to taking micronutrients from your diet. This robs you of some of the benefits of eating well!
Micronutrient-poor prebiotics are cheap to produce and easily sourced. They give bacteria enough nourishment to live, but not enough to thrive. Certified organic, fiber and micronutrient dense prebiotics are an absolute must for a optimal gut health.
Poor quality prebiotics can contribute to imbalances in the gut microbiome, leading to conditions such as small intestine bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO.
Almost all probiotics use either vegetable capsules made from microcrystalline cellulose or gelatin capsules made from bovine cartilage. We already listed the problems with microcrystalline cellulose above, but gelatin capsules can be just as dangerous. Classified as ‘possibly safe’ to consume, these gelatin capsules can cause unpleasant side effects. Regardless, they are still used in the name of larger profits for the manufacturer. If you see these capsule ingredients on the label, it might mean that your probiotic is harming your gut health.
Check out this great article from Dr. Hulda Clark to see just how important capsules are for gut health.
“Postbiotic” refers to what the bacteria produce in your gut, and their benefit to you after they die. Of course, you digest most of them, obtaining their micronutrients and proteins. Most probiotics only focus on what the bacteria can do for you while they’re alive, not after they die. This means that you do not always get all the micronutrients you could from the bacteria in your gut.
Leeks, asparagus, seaweed, and several other foods will feed your bacteria many of the micronutrients they need.
It is important for your gut health to pair the elements that the bacteria need with the elements and micronutrients in the prebiotic food. This way they get everything they need up front and don’t have to steal it from you!
The perfect prebiotic foods have a combination of carbon sources and micronutrients.
Reducing inflammation with effective antioxidants like molecular hydrogen will counteract the effect that fillers and excipients have on your body.
Here at BioPhysics Essentials, we created the ultimate prebiotic/probiotic/postbiotic supplement.* Not only does MicroBiome Restore check all the boxes with 26 strains of beneficial bacteria, but we said NO to fillers, excipients, and cheap capsules! The ingredients in MicroBiome Restore are all crafted directly to each strain of bacteria. This helps to maximize the nutrition needed by the bacteria in the MicroBiome Restore formula.