Probiotics might be your new best friends. After all, you’ve probably heard about the bounty of health benefits that can come from taking probiotics on a regular basis.
From better digestion to less stress, immune enhancement and much more, research on probiotics gives us plenty of reasons to incorporate more friendly flora into our daily health rituals.
But do regular pill-based probiotics actually work as promised?
Maybe not, according to some reports. For example, one clinical study showed that up to 40% of patients taking a pill-based probiotic saw no benefits. These results reflect what we hear a lot in the industry: Regular probiotics don’t seem to work for many people.
And there’s a reason why. Beneficial bacteria, the kind in most probiotic formulas, need a few very specific elements in order to be truly effective for digestive health, immune enhancement, and beyond. But once these bases are covered, people often see rapid results—including relief from long-standing digestive issues.
The Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Processed foods that are high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy trans fats, and chemical additives set off a cascade of inflammation and oxidative stress in your body that damages cells and DNA, and promotes premature aging, immune imbalances, and chronic illness. An anti-inflammatory diet consists of nutritious whole foods that are rich in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that cool inflammation in the body, allowing your natural health and healing abilities to take over and reduce risks of inflammation and long-term impacts to your health.
Like the Mediterranean diet, an anti-inflammatory diet is often a balance of healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vegetables, beans and legumes, and avoids foods heavy in carbs, sugar, unhealthy fats, and processed foods.
Why An Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle Matters
By prioritizing an anti-inflammatory diet, inflammation support supplements, and healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce inflammation and support healthy inflammation responses. An anti-inflammatory lifestyle gives you the benefits of healthy aging and feeling your best long-term, with more energy to do what makes you feel good.
So what are these 4 must-haves for a probiotic formula to be truly effective? Let’s take a look.
4 Digestive-Saving Must-Haves for Probiotics
Proper acid pH—In order for healthy bacteria to thrive in your digestive environment, you need to have the ideal pH…which, believe it or not, means more acid than alkaline. Optimal gut pH is between 1.5-3.5 acidity. When your gut pH is outside this range, it can allow bad bacteria to thrive…while harming good bacteria.
Prebiotic Nutrients—Prebiotics are fibers that aren’t digestible by your body but can help good bacteria grow in your gut. Since your body doesn’t digest these plant fibers, they travel to your lower digestive tract to be a food source for the healthy bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics are not the same as probiotics, which are helpful bacteria, although both are important to your digestive system.
Herbal Digestive Support—In the “old days”, herbal digestive bitters were popular health tonics. And for good reason. Digestive-supporting herbs create a healthy GI environment, fend off bad bacteria while supporting good bacteria, and promote proper movement through the digestive tract.
Live Clinically Studied Beneficial Bacteria—Last but not least, of course, are specific strains of healthy, viable beneficial bacteria that your body needs to maintain a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. Microbiome diversity, with a variety of beneficial microbes, is becoming a key marker of health and longevity.
While this may seem like a lot to cover, there’s some good news. These four essential elements are now available within a fast-acting fermented formula called ecoProbiotic— featuring 19 organic digestive herbs, organic berry juice, prebiotic nutrients and 8 live probiotic strains.
ecoProbiotic offers rapid relief and long-term digestive support, in a best in class liquid delivery system. Because it’s a fermented digestive elixir, it works quickly and comprehensively—delivering optimal digestive benefits where other formulas often fail. ecoProbiotic harnesses the power of fermentation to balance your gut pH to the ideal levels, unlock powerful herbal nutrients, and promote optimal digestive health.
If you’re still looking for effective digestive and overall health support—or if your current probiotics simply aren’t living up to their claims—it may be time to try something new…
Something that gives your digestive system the broad-spectrum, multi-faceted support you need.
Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist, physician, and homeopath, has an MS in traditional Chinese medicine, and has done graduate studies in herbology. Dr. Eliaz has been a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine since the early 1980s, with a focus on cancer, immune health, detoxification and mind-body medicine. Visit him online at dreliaz.org.