3 Reasons Why Probiotics Don’t Work (and what to eat to heal the gut instead)

Millions of people take probiotic supplements to improve digestion, boost gut health and manage a healthy weight. But for many folks they may be a total waste of money.

Whether it’s painful cramps… a bloated belly… explosive diarrhea… or heartburn… millions of people now struggle with indigestion misery.

Sadly, the gut naturally deteriorates after age 40. 

This makes it ever harder to digest food and absorb the nutrients we need to be strong and healthy.

What’s worse, a weak gut can trigger all sorts of health problems:(1) 

  • Cravings for sugary, fatty foods that result in lethal belly fat
  • Nutrient deficiency that drains the brain, muscles and other organs of energy
  • Inflammation that can trigger erratic blood sugar and rocketing cholesterol
  • Sleeping problems, resulting in chronic fatigue
  • Increased risk of autoimmune disorders, like lupus, multiple sclerosis,  psoriasis and arthritis
  • Skin conditions like acne outbreaks, eczema and psoriasis
  • Food intolerances and allergies
  • Higher vulnerability to colds, flu and toxic invaders
  • Increased vulnerability to colds, flu and toxic invaders

With as many as 1 in 3 US adults suffering from at least one of these symptoms due to poor gut health…

It’s unsurprising that millions turn to expensive probiotics to solve the problem.

Probiotics are promoted as a ‘quick fix’. 

Probiotics are designed to act like parachuting in billions of healthy gut bacteria…

Healthy bacteria that then wipe out the bad guys and return the gut to a healthy balance.

But the ugly truth is there’s little proof that taking probiotics in supplement form works.

One of the most vocal critics of probiotic supplements is Matthew Ciorba, a gastroenterologist at Washington University.(2)

In an interview with Scientific American, he said:

“probiotics are pure hype. The majority of studies to date have failed to reveal any benefits”.

Why are probiotic supplements pure hype over proven science?

Here are three reasons why:

1. Probiotic Supplements Often Don’t Contain the Amounts Shown

A team of researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center studied the contents of 93 different bottles of probiotics. (3)

They were SHOCKED to discover only a third contained as many strains claimed on the label. 

In fact, most contained so few probiotics that taking them was barely beneficial at all.

Senior investigator, Dr. Dan Merenstein, said:

“The higher number of strains, higher dose or greater cost were not associated with evidence.

2. Probiotics Die Out Before They’re Eaten

Probiotics in pill form can have a disappointingly short shelf life.(4)

By the time they’ve been freeze dried in a lab… transported on a hot lorry to stores… sat on the shelves… then taken home… 

Their count of gut enriching bacteria will have PLUMMETED.

There may be so few probiotics left that a $40 tub of probiotic supplements is little better than tub of sugar pills.

3. They Don’t Survive in the Gut Long Enough to Work

Probiotics have to survive a long, harsh journey inside the gut.

First they have to survive a pounding from the stomach walls… 

Then they’re given a bath in acidic gastric juices (acid so harsh it would burn the finger if found outside of the stomach)…

Then even after they reach the intestines…

Probiotics have to convince the microbes living down there to give them space to colonize and spread.

Not easy. As few of the microbes living inside the gut are welcoming to intruders.

So with all these challenges…

The results of a recent study into whether probiotics work at all should come as no surprise…

Study Finds Probiotics Don’t Work for 1 in 2 People

A recent study was done by the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel on the benefits of probiotic supplements.

A study that could imperil the profits of billion dollar supplement companies.(5)

In the study, 25 volunteers were given a probiotic containing 11 strains of ‘good’ bacteria.

A tube shaped video camera, called an ‘endoscope’, was then pushed down their throat to inspect their intestines.

The researchers studied the screen intently…

Hoping to see proof that the aggressively marketed probiotics had taken hold.

What did they find?

Only 8 of the 19 volunteers showed ANY signs they’d taken a probiotic at all.

In fact, MOST of the evidence was found in the toilet bowl afterwards. 

Study author Eran Segal sagely said in a statement:

“The benefits of the standard probiotics we all take can’t be as universal as we once thought.”

So if probiotic supplements are ineffective, how can people get a daily dose of gut enriching nutrients instead?

Simple:

THROUGH FOOD

There’s an abundance of fruits, roots and fermented foods that are rich sources of gut enriching nutrients.

Getting them in food means they’re better absorbed by the body…

AND getting them throgh food can save a fortune on expensive supplements.

This includes:

Probiotics

Greek yogurt

Kefir

Sauerkraut

Tempeh

Kimchi

Miso

Kombucha

Pickles

Prebiotics

Chicory root

Dandelion greens

Jerusalem artichoke

Garlic

Onions

Leeks

Asparagus

Bananas

Digestive Enzymes

Pineapple

Papaya

Mango

Bananas

Avocados

Kefir

Sauerkraut

A lot of those foods may sound exotic. 

And many people may wonder how they can incorporate them into their  daily meals?

Well, the good news is I created a system that guides people in how to do it. 

A system that provides 30 days of step-by-step guidance on:

  • Which foods to ELIMINATE and which foods to fill their fridge and cupboards with
  • How to adjust to healthier eating GRADUALLY, so it’s sustainable long-term
  • Meals to cook that are delicious, filling and feed the gut with enriching nutrition
  • Steps for identifying TRIGGER foods and then adapting a diet to suit every individual (because everyone’s guts are different and so the foods they should eat need to be different too)
  • The easy way to switch OFF cravings for sugary, fatty foods and turn ON a passion for healthy food (this is the KEY to making healthy eating a success)
  • Methods for tracking progress and staying motivated to make the transition to healthy eating PERMANENT

What’s more…

This system provides support… accountability.. and a sense of community…

So that everyone who joins it feels like part of a team.

A team in which everyone is cheering each other on towards healthier eating… a healthier gut… and better health all round.

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Sources

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/gut-health#signs-and-symptoms
  2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-probiotics-really-work/
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190604131133.htm
  4. https://www.nowfoods.com/now/nowledge/more-about-probiotics-stability
  5. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2178860-probiotics-are-mostly-useless-and-can-actually-hurt-you/

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