How effective are soil based probiotics? - Aspire Natural Health

How effective are soil based probiotics?

In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-The differences between “regular” probiotics and soil based probiotics
-How we used to get our probiotics before supplements
-How effective are soil based organisms at helping digestive issues and autoimmunity?


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Hey Folks,

It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health, and in this quick video, I want to talk to you about soil based probiotics.

Lately I’ve had a number of people we work with asking me about them, so I thought I’d answer those questions for you here today.

Let’s do just a tiny bit of background so we’re all on the same page.

Our gut is absolutely full of bacteria, and those bacteria have a major influence on our health. Having bad gut bacteria can cause serious health issues for us, and having good gut bacteria can help to keep us healthy and happy.

Probiotics are going to be supplements of different kinds of these gut bacteria.

Now the most common types of probiotics are going to feature two main kinds of bacteria. Lactobacillus, also commonly called Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacteria. When you turn over the bottle and look at the label you may see all different types of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, but most of the probiotics out there are going to feature these two bacteria. And they can be incredibly helpful. We’ve seen them make a big difference for many people over the years.

And then these are soil based probiotics. These feature entirely different types of bacteria that are not Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. There are a number of companies and formulas out there, with the most popular one at the time of this recording in 2019, being Prescript Assist. That’s the one most of the people we work with come to us asking about.

To understand the role these bacteria play, it’s important to understand how historically we got our probiotic bacteria. And we got them from several different places. The first was the foods that we ate. And every traditional culture has fermented foods that are rich in these probiotic bacteria.


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The second place we got our probiotic was from dirt. Whether we’re talking about hunter-gatherers or farmers, for most of our history as a species we were in regular daily contact with the dirt. And while some cultures actually ate dirts or clays, the reality is that most of the time you ended up eating dirt accidentally and it got in all your cracks and crevices.

So bacteria like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria that live inside of us we got primarily from things like fermented foods and contact with other people and animals.

And then soil based organisms we primarily got from our contact with the dirt – that’s why they’re called soil based organisms. And most of us don’t get a lot of contact with the dirt on a regular basis anymore.

So people ask us, ‘I’ve read on the Internet that soil based organisms are almost miraculous and have helped a lot of people. Should I be taking them?’

Based on our clinical experience having treated a lot of people with digestive issues, here’s what we’ve seen.

About 20% of people who take soil based probiotics see really big improvements or changes. We’ve seen it be the turning point for some people, massively improving their symptoms.

Another 30% of people who take soil based probiotics see improvements. It may not be miraculous, but they notice that things are improved. Digestion is better, inflammation goes down, moods improve, they feel better. All good stuff.

So our experience is that about 50% of people who take soil based probiotics see improvements.

Another 40% of so don’t notice any changes. They take it for a while and can’t detect any positive or negative changes.

And lastly about 10% of people we’ve worked with find that soil based probiotics definitely make things worse for them. This can happen with any probiotic, so it’s not something particularly ‘bad’ about soil based probiotics. When we start changing the microbiome, some people’s systems will respond negatively, and they can see their digestion get worse, or their autoimmunity flare.

Alright, so there you have it…


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Our experience is that soil based probiotics are effective for about half of the people who take them, and for some people they can be almost miraculously helpful.

If you’re considering trying soil based organisms I recommend you start slowly, especially if you know you or your system is sensitive to changes.

We’ve seen people who’ve been so sensitive they can only take part of a capsule one time a week, while others can dive right into taking several capsules a day. But we recommend you start on the low end and then build up your dose.

If after 1-3 months you haven’t noticed any changes, it’s good to take a break, and see if you notice any changes when you stop taking it.

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