It is now common knowledge that we share our bodies with friendly bacteria that perform a host of beneficial functions to ward off disease. Scientists have discovered that up until the turn of the last century, our soil and food chain was teeming with medicinal superbugs called Soil Based Organisms (SBOs) which prevented many of today's chronic diseases.
What are SBOs?
SBO’s are living strains of beneficial friendly bacteria. Unfortunately nowadays, their presence in the food chain has seriously dwindled. Both modern agricultural methods with their over-reliance on powerful pesticides, fungicides and germicidal chemicals and heat-based food processing are toxic to SBOs and this has created a serious vacuum of these medicinal bugs in the food chain. When these were ingested as a natural part of our daily food source, they would act as a defence mechanism to safeguard and maintain a healthy intestinal flora. They were helpful to our wellbeing in many ways, producing benefits such as:
- Aiding the production of our own antibodies
- Supporting the immune system
- Improved digestion
- Greater absorption of all nutrients
- Helping to rid the body of disease causing pathogens and other toxins
Therefore, the accompanying changes in diet, lifestyle, sanitation and drug-based medicine have had detrimental effects on human health. A diet high in refined sugar and alcohol and low in fermented foods for instance is poisonous to the gut flora causing them to die off in large numbers. Chemicals too like chlorinated water can be devastating to the resident flora. But, by far the most common cause of the depletion of beneficial bacteria is prescription drugs. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, synthetic hormones and antibiotics can seriously damage gut ecology and because they are non-specific against both good and bad micro-organisms can render the entire gut sterile.
The result in the west has been large increases in bowel and digestive system problems like Candida overgrowth, gastritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohns and Colitis which would have normally been mitigated by the presence of SBOs in the food chain. For this reason scientists are being forced to admit that we have lost touch with what has made food medicinal for thousands of years.
We have also now began to realize that SBOs possess an astonishing healing action against chronic diseases which may rival some of the strongest drugs on the market. Now after numerous studies and over 15 years of research there can be no ignoring the dramatic results in overall improved health. What is understood so far is that apart from the remarkable action SBO’s exert on gut ecology, these clever organisms actually enter into a unique partnership with the human immune system which biologist’s term symbiosis. Put simply, once they attach themselves to the gut wall, SBO’s secrete specialized antigen proteins which entice the human immune system to multiply its normal output of antibodies and this renders the body "on standby" for anything. Mounting research suggests that supplementing with probiotics (good bacteria) is probably more important than taking a multivitamin, and this is due to the profoundly important role gut bacteria play in your health.
SBOs are also classed as a ‘superfood’ and can help to bypass iron deficiency by supplying its transporter molecule Lactoferrin, ensuring that 95% of dietary iron enters the body and is personally delivered to the receptors where it is required. Similarly they supply isotonic nucleic acids like DNA and RNA which the body can readily assimilate for rapid healing. SBOs are also an abundant dietary source of over 71 micronutrients including chlorophyll, phytocyanin, fatty acids, amino acids, nucleic acids, vitamins, minerals and key enzymes for the malnourished gut.
The Powerful Connection between Your Gut and Brain
Most people fail to realize that your gut is quite literally your second brain, and in addition to digesting your food actually has the ability to significantly influence your:
Research shows that there is a close connection between abnormal gut flora and abnormal brain development, a condition renowned expert Dr. Campbell-McBride calls Gut and Psychological Syndrome or GAPS. GAPS is the result of poorly developed or imbalanced gut flora and may manifest as a conglomerate of symptoms that can fit the diagnosis of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD) without hyperactivity, dyslexia, dyspraxia, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, just to name a few possibilities. It's not a widely understood or emphasized fact, but studies have repeatedly shown that a healthy gut reinforces a positive outlook and behaviour, while depression and a variety of behavioural problems have been linked to an imbalance or lack of gut bacteria. For example, a recent animal study published in the journal Neurogstroenterology and Motility found that mice lacking gut bacteria behave differently from normal mice, engaging in what would be referred to as "high-risk behavior." This altered behavior was accompanied by neurochemical changes in the mouse brain. According to the authors, microbiota (your gut flora) plays a role in the communication between your gut and your brain, and:
"Acquisition of intestinal microbiota in the immediate postnatal period has a defining impact on the development and function of the gastrointestinal, immune, neuroendocrine and metabolic systems. For example, the presence of gut microbiota regulates the set point for hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity."
So, not only does this finding nicely with the theory that your gut flora may be a factor of your nutritional type, but it also helps explain how your diet and gut flora can impact your mental health, for better or worse. Remember, your diet is largely responsible for your gut health, and when you feed your body the fuel it's designed for, your gut flora will be able to maintain optimal balance, which then supports optimal physical and mental health.
What is the difference between SBO’s and other probiotics?
In nature, probiotics are found in teams of multiple strains, known as a Consortia. Most probiotic manufacturers isolate each individual strain and remove them from their natural environment then culture them individually on some form of growth medium. They are then extracted and freeze-dried for future use. They are thus separated from their food source. They are considered ‘alive’ and ‘active’ which actually means (as any life form) that they are also dying. Refrigeration retards the dying process and most other probiotics will require refrigeration to protect the organisms.
SBO’s in contrast, are ‘alive’ and ‘thriving’ on their own natural food source with living PREbiotic organisms as part of the formula. They are in a ‘dormant’ state until ingested by the body and activated by saliva, juice or water. They also have an affinity for a more acidic environment and will not be affected by hydrochloric acid in the stomach. They are therefore enabled to reach the lower GI tract where they will multiply into billions.
If you suffer from anything from Candida overgrowth to IBS/IBD Ulcerative colitis or just feel generally unwell and unable to relieve constipation or diarrhoea please contact Cynthia on 07599520406. Please leave a message if I can't answer the 'phone straight away and I'll get back to you ASAP.
Article written by Cynthia Sillars - Darlington
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