Improving Your Microbiome with Plexus VitalBiome

What you put into your body has a huge impact on both your physical health and your happiness. This means that the bacteria that live in your gut (your microbiome) not only determine how you feel physically, but emotionally as well. More on this to come in a later post, but to provide a few examples for now:

  • 90% of your body’s serotonin is produced in your gut → this is a mood boosting neurotransmitter that regulates things in the body like emotion, appetite and sleep. The right amount of serotonin produces a relaxed and positive feeling. With good intestinal health, your gut is capable of producing and delivering an adequate amount of serotonin.
  • Gut microorganisms are also capable of synthesizing GABA → this is a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. Low levels of GABA are associated with anxiety, depression and chronic pain. When in good supply, probiotic strains like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are responsible for synthesizing GABA.

First, lets take a look at the modern lifestyle. A diet full of processed foods and artificial sweetners. High stress careers. Lack of sleep. Environmental pollution. This lifestyle damages the beneficial microbes in your gut. As long as your gut stays in dysbiosis, you’re well on your way to a life of depression, anxiety and gastrointestinal discomfort. It is estimated that 60% of adults are affected by dysbiosis → this is an abnormal balance of gut flora (a.k.a. too much bad bacteria; not enough good bacteria). Those with dysbiosis suffer from a myriad of symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Bad breath
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue

VitalBiome is a probiotic supplement that has been clinically demonstrated to bring your microbiome into balance. It works to boost your immune system, digestive system and mental health. VitalBiome helps to:

  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Promote relaxation
  • Stablize stress hormones
  • Improve mood
  • Relieve bowl discomfort and intestinal distress (gas, bloating, constipation)

23131626_1944419865832112_5849625814554635695_nThis product is all about balancing your gut bacteria. VitalBiome has 8 strains of probiotics that add 20 billion beneficial microbes to your gut. Probiotics are beneficial, live microorganisms normally found in the GI tract. Probiotics help to achieve a normal, balanced gut microbiome and are essential to gut health. The probiotics in VitalBiome are encapsulated → this means that they don’t require refrigeration and are protected from destruction by your stomach acid. VitalBiome also aims to strengthen your existing gut flora, aiding in both digestion and mental health.

So, you might be asking yourself, “but why does VitalBiome work?” Here is a closer look at the main probiotic strains found in this supplement:

 

Lactobacillus bacteria convert sugar into lactic acid → this makes your gut less hospitable for bad bacteria. To get a little technical, it is gram-positive, anaerobic, rod-shaped bacteria. The strains present are acidophilus, helveticus, and plantarum.

  • Supports the immune system by stimulating defense cells (natural killer cells, macrophages, T-lymphocytes and cytokines) that attack the bad bacteria residing in your intestinal tract.
  • Modulates the regulation of several genes involved in the intestinal barrier. This helps to prevent a “leaky gut,” where bad bacteria leaks into the bloodstream, causing widespread inflammation.
  • Produces hydrogen peroxide, which inhibits the growth and severity of yeast.

Bifidobacterium plays an important role in maintaining gut health through carbohydrate fermentation. These bacterium help convert carbohydrates into short chain fatty acids à which are metabolized and used as an energy source. It is a gram-positive, non-motile, anaerobic bacteria. The strains present are lactis, and longum.

  • Attaches to cells of the intestinal wall, protecting gut damage from bad bacteria. This helps to prevent a “leaky gut.”
  • It has been demonstrated in clinical studies that this probiotic protects DNA from damage to carcinogens, decreasing risk of colon cancer.
  • Similar to lactobacillus, it produces lactic acid (making the gut less hospitable for bad bacteria).
  • Immune system support à colonization in the gut aids appropriate expression of immune factors like interleukin 12. Abnormal expression of interleukin 12 is associated with autoimmune disorders.

Saccharomyces Boulardii  is actually not bacteria, but a yeast that works very similarly to a probiotic. It is a tropical species of yeast isolated from the lychee and mangosteen fruit. It was actually “discovered” by a French scientist in 1923 as he observed Southeast Asian natives chewing on the skin of these fruit to ward off cholera.

  • Several clinical trials show this yeast mediates good and bad bacteria in the gut, helping to restore balance to the existing flora.
  • Interferes with the ability of bad bacteria to colonize and infect the gut wall.
  • Stabilizes the gut wall, improving enzyme activity and allowing for better absorption of nutrients.

Bacillus Coagulans is a spore-forming bacterial species NOT originally found in the intestinal tract. It is a gram-positive, rod shaped, and motile anaerobe that exerts a unique symbiotic relationship with your gut. Bacillus reduces bad bacterial colonization in several ways:

  • ea3aaea6969db829f406a155b4b16c37.jpgProduces coagulin and lactic acid, inhibiting bad bacteria from overgrowing in the intestinal tract.
  • Reduces the growth of fungi in the gut. Too much fungi in the gut can leak into the bloodstream, causing widespread symptoms (fatigue, anxiety, allergies, etc.).
  • Supports potent immune response in the GI tract, assisting in the proliferation of immune cells and immune system mediators.

VitalBiome truly is vital to your health. It contains several beneiftical probiotics that are clinically demonstrated to help bring your microbiome into balance. It supports your immune function, your digestion system, and reduces feelings of stress and anxiety. Health and happiness truly starts in the gut!

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