1. Probiotics work – if you know this one essential trick

    Is your probiotic supplement ‘useless?’

    There it is, finally: a backlash against probiotics, right on schedule.

    A slew of new reports now that claims you shouldn’t waste your hard-earned cash on these essential supplements.

    The normally staid BBC even wrote a headline that went viral, claiming that these good bacteria needed for digestion, mood, immune function, and more are actually “quite useless.”

    But it’s quite wrong.

    Maybe it should stick to The Great British Baking Show and leave the science to the professionals!

    In one of the studies behind the headlines, folks given a probiotic after taking antibiotics actually had a harder time returning to their normal intestinal balance three weeks later.

    Sounds bad, right?


    First, the folks in the study who got the probiotic were given just a single dose.

    That’s it -- one dose, right at the end of the antibiotics course, when the drugs may have still been working to kill off bacteria.

    Nothing else after that.

    OF COURSE it’s not going to do anything for you!

    In the second study, the BBC claimed that probiotics went “in the mouth and straight out the other end,” failing to take hold and form colonies.

    But that’s not quite what happened.

    In at least half of the cases, the probiotics did hang around. In 30 percent of patients, a key probiotic we all need – the Bifidobacterium longum I recommend to my own patients – formed a colony that persisted for months.

    Ready for the key?

    Those colonies lasted for MONTHS after the folks stopped taking the probiotic!

    That benefit went exactly to the patients who needed it most: the ones who were low in Bifidobacterium longum at the start of the study.

    And the real “fake news” kicker?

    The quote in the headline, the one about probiotics being “quite useless,” was taken wildly out of context.

    The scientist who made that comment could’ve been reading from House Calls when he said that people shouldn’t take random probiotics and hope for results, but instead should make sure they get the specific bacteria strains they need and in the right amounts.

    Here’s the full quote: “In that sense, just buying probiotics at the supermarket without any tailoring, without any adjustment to the host, at least in part of the population, is quite useless.”

    That part IS true.

    As I’ve shared here in House Calls, every brand of probiotic supplement has its own blend inside, with different strains of friendly bacteria providing different benefits.

    Cheap-o supermarket blends often do nothing at all.

    Even the RIGHT strains… but in LOW amounts… won’t do much for you.

    And like anything else – whether it’s a supplement or a medication – the benefits won’t last if you stop taking it.

    You can’t just grab a supermarket probiotic. You need to do your homework first and look for a quality blend with human-tested strains such as Bifidobacterium longum.

    Do it right, and you’ll find it could be quite useful!

  2. Could probiotics made from infant feces improve gut health?

    Stomach-turning new probiotic is just a gimmick

    I saved this letter for later in the day because I wanted to catch you AFTER lunch.

    What I’m trying to say is: I hope you’re not eating when you read this!

    The latest research on probiotics is out, and this one is so gross that you’re going to lose your appetite.

    Scientists believe that they’ve “discovered” powerful new probiotic bacteria that they could soon add to everything from overpriced sugary yogurts to supplements and who knows what else.

    And you’re not going to believe where they found it.

    In POOP! (See why I warned you?)

    Specifically, it’s in infant poop.

    They found that giving baby-poop bacteria to mice boosted the production of short-chain fatty acids. The same thing happened in supposed human tests, but no actual humans were involved.

    Instead, they “simulated” the human gut by adding the baby bacteria to adult human “fecal medium.”

    Sure enough, the result was a jump in short-chain fatty acids.

    Since those fatty acids are a sign of good gut health… and can maybe protect against everything from diabetes to cancer… researchers are already talking about ways to sell this stuff to you (and no doubt at a premium price).

    How ridiculous is that?

    But this is the Wild West of probiotics today. Someone makes a vague discovery… does a study on mice or simulated human guts… and then quickly comes up with a way to market it without a single honest-to-goodness human clinical trial.

    That’s why most probiotic-enhanced yogurts and even many of the supplements out right now are pure, well, poop.

    I will give the researchers behind this new study just a little bit of credit -- because they ARE on the right track.

    The bacteria we’re given at birth are, in fact, some of the most important and essential of all.

    But we don’t need studies on baby doo-doo to figure that out.

    We already know which strains colonize the gut in infancy, what they do, and how they work in humans (in real life, not some lab dish).

    More importantly, we also know how to get them without raiding diapers!

    One of the most essential probiotic bacteria of all is called Bifidobacterium longum, and it’s been proven to help ease digestion, absorb nutrients, boost the immune system, and more.

    I like to call it “The Genesis Strain,” because it’s one of the very first bacteria to take hold in your gut after you’re born. Over the years, these bacteria can be wiped out by stress, medication (especially antibiotics), chemicals in your food and diet, and more.

    If you’re looking for a probiotic, look for a blend built around this one along and other human-tested strains… and not whichever crazy gimmick is in the news.

  3. On meds? You need probiotics

    How popular medications can destroy essential gut bacteria It's the sneak attack on your own body... something that could be happening RIGHT NOW. It could be destroying one of the most vital parts of your natural defense system. And what makes this so sinister is that it's being caused by the very things that you THINK are helping you! New...
  4. Probiotics can beat the common cold

    Beat the common cold... even if you're always getting sick! Flu might be dominating the headlines right now, but there's another bad illness going around that's not getting nearly the same level of attention. It's an especially nasty strain of the common cold. Unlike the flu, it's not deadly. But like the flu, coming down with this infection can knock...
  5. Probiotics can ease both constipation and diarrhea

    Smoother moves in the bathroom without gassy laxatives Nothing -- and I mean nothing -- can ruin your day so quickly and completely as a tough session on the toilet. You can end up aching on both sides -- with cramps in your stomach and a very real pain in your behind. Now, the latest research reveals one quick tip...
  6. Probiotics thrive with omega-3 boost

    Your 'belly bug' supplement is useless without this Not too long ago, "probiotics" was a funny-sounding word that most folks had never heard of. These days, you've not only heard of it. You're probably taking one! And if you aren't, heading into the winter is a good time to get started. These helpful bacteria can do more than ease digestion...
  7. Probiotics can boost the immune system

    Turbocharge your immune system Getting sick can make you miserable at any age. But when you're a little older, even a minor illness or infection can hit you like a sack of bricks. It's unfair, but many older folks get sicker easier and stay sick longer. Your body just doesn't bounce back the way it used to. But there is...
  8. Probiotics can ease depression

    Fight depression… with yogurt! It could be the tastiest way to fight depression yet... and it's available in strawberry, blueberry, peach, or honey. It's yogurt, as new research reveals how the live bacterial cultures found in this healthy treat could help boost your mood and chase away the blues. The key is a type of bacteria called Lactobacillus found in...
  9. Probiotics help even healthy people

    Probiotics can help with digestion and ease stomach issues even in folks who are healthy.
  10. Probiotics fight winter infections

    Probiotics can spare you the misery of a nasty winter respiratory infection, saving you both time and money.
  11. Probiotics can speed weight loss

    Probiotics can help improve your digestion so you lose weight faster.
  12. Probiotics can fight off C. diff infections

    Probiotics aren’t optional anymore. A new report finds a deadly type of bacteria is turning up in public places… and probiotics might be the only way you can prevent infection.
  13. Probiotics can beat antibiotic diarrhea

    Probiotics help replace the good bacteria in your gut – especially when they’re wiped out by antibiotics, cutting your risk of facing the side effect of diarrhea.
  14. Probiotics can rid your body of toxic metal

    Probiotics – specifically, the Lactobacillus plantarum bacterium also found in pickled and fermented foods – can help your body get rid of the toxic metal chromium.
  15. Probiotics can help beat back metabolic syndrome

    Probiotics can help improve metabolic syndrome, boosting your weight loss and cutting your cholesterol levels.
  16. Probiotics could prevent cancer and slow tumors

    Probiotics are good for more than digestion, with new research showing how they can also help fight off cancer.
  17. Probiotics can boost your immune system

    Probiotics can give your immune system a lift so your body is better able to fight off illness.
  18. Probiotics can cure the common cold

    Probiotics can reduce the duration of the common cold, new research confirms. Learn exactly what you need to know to be feeling better fast!
  19. Antibiotics worsen Crohn's

    Antibiotics are commonly given to Crohn's patients, but new research shows they can actually make the disease worse.
  20. The benefits of probiotics

    Probiotics can enhance your immune system and help your body fight off infections, new research finds.

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