Probiotics & Your Gut Health

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Probiotics & Your Gut Health


Probiotics. That word keeps floating around and popping up everywhere. If you haven’t heard of probiotics then you must be fairly new to the term as I was a few weeks ago. I had no idea what they were let alone the basic purpose of a probiotic. Upon further research I discovered that not only is a probiotic important but  a prebiotic as well as a postbiotic are key to overall gut health.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is actually a prebiotic, probiotic and postbiotic formulated into one capsule.  Dr. Ohhira’s Prebiotic is a blend made up of dozens of wholesome foods (e.g. fruits, vegetables, seaweeds, mushrooms, and herbs).  The prebiotic is added to 12 proven beneficial strains of probiotics and allowed them 3 years to ferment.  These 12 well researched strains of probiotics  deliver postbiotics which improve the environment to support your own unique microbiome.  Postbiotics are not added to the product, they are the natural result of fermentation.  Compounds created by bacteria such as postbiotic metabolites include vitamins, enzymes, short-chain fatty acids and other organic acids like fulvic acid.  Short-chain fatty acids are produced by friendly bacteria in the gut and may play an important role in health and disease. They may reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases such as, type-2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.  Fulvic acid is the key to the absorption and transport of trace minerals, electrolytes, and other essential nutrients.  Many people report an increase in energy when their fulvic acid levels increase.

Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotics help you nurture your own unique strains of microbes by creating a good environment for them to thrive.  Each capsule contains a naturally concentrated paste with fermented plant fibers (prebiotic), the beneficial bacteria (probiotic) and nutrients developed over the 3-year fermentation (postbiotics).  This combination helps to restore gut flora and promote overall good health.  Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotic blend contains Streptococcus Thermophilus which is a powerful probiotic strain that has well researched health benefits.  This probiotic is often found in the colon and has many digestive, immunity  and other health benefits.  This strain also produces lactase, which helps people digest milk more efficiently.  Another well researched strain that is present in this formula is Lactobacillus d. bulgaricus.  This beneficial bacteria is found in the digestive tract.  Intestinal bacteria is referred to as gut flora or microbes.  The proper balance of gut flora helps keep your intestinal walls strong and bad bacteria at bay, and can reduce the risk of chronic disease.

Most probiotic supplements use microbes cultured in a matter of hours on a base of dairy or soy.  The colonies are then broken apart and cleansed of their food supply, which removed any postbiotic bacteria that may have been made.  The bacteria are freeze-dried into a white powder, placed in capsules, bottled and shipped.  This process makes them fragile and usually require refrigeration.  Freeze-dried bacteria can only make postbiotics after being reawakened and beating other strains to a food supply to multiply.  On the other hand, Dr. Ohirra’s Probiotic’s are always live and active.

But I’m Already Taking a Prebiotic…

All prebiotics are not created equal.  Some products add an isolated fiber such as FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) or Inulin and call that a prebiotic.  Those strains may not be appropriate for all strains and may even cause excessive gas.  Dr. Ohhira’s uses a wide variety of plant materials proven to support probiotic growth and to develop a wide variety of postbiotics. These strains are grown together for 3 years proving their ability to get along and build synergy.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics contains other high quality ingredients as well.  Two of which are controversial and that is due to miss information put out about these ingredients.  Class 1 natural caramel color and carrageenan are both food grade.  Class 1 Caramel Colors are minimally processed and carry the designation of E150a.  No ammonium or sulfite compounds are allowed in the production.  However, because of the confusion with these ingredients and Dr. Ohhira’s commitment to implementing the highest quality foods in his products, he is actively researching alternatives to alleviate customer concerns.

My Honest Review Of Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

When I first received Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics I was a bit skeptic. I hadn’t taken any kind of supplements since my youngest turned one year old. I was only taking a prenatal because I was still nursing. It wasn’t long after I stopped taking a prenatal vitamin that I started to notice a decline in my overall health. I was constantly tired, suffered from debilitating migraines, stomach pains, bloating, joint pain, and teenage-like acne breakouts. My skin was dull. I stayed consistent with taking the probiotics every day at the same time and upping my water intake.

After two weeks I started to notice a difference in my energy levels. I no longer required an afternoon nap and an entire pot of coffee to get me through the day. My stomach pain and bloating went away. My face started to clear up. I do want to add that I switched up my skin care routine at this time and have been transition to a  non-toxic face wash in addition to taking Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics. I can definitley say that I will be keeping a probiotic in my daily routine and that my husband, who is a Type 1 Diabetic, will also be incorporating these same probiotics as well!

Thank you to Moms Meet and Dr. Ohhira’s for sending these great probiotics for us to try out!

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