By now, you probably know that probiotics are beneficial for you, but you may not be aware of sporebiotics, and how they can benefit a wide variety of health problems. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, who quotes below, is both an M.D. and a Ph.D. While trained in Germany, his practice is based in Seattle, where he sees some of the sickest patients around.
What Are Spore-Based Probiotics?
Spore-based probiotics are part of a group of derivatives of the microbe called bacillus. This genus has hundreds of subspecies, the most important of which is bacillus subtilis. Essentially, spore-based probiotics consist of the cell wall of bacillus spores. The first product of this kind came out in Germany in 1935 and was created by Gunther Enderlein, a German microbiologist. Contrary to popular belief, the human body actually has the ability to produce its own vitamin C. This is done by a specific species of gut microbes — the bacillus — which converts sugar into vitamin C. It's also involved in producing vitamin K, which works synergistically with vitamin D.
Spore-Based Probiotics Are a Primary Tool to Boost Immune Tolerance
There are at least 2,500 species of microbes living in your gut and most, if not all of them, serve your body in a symbiotic way. They either produce something you need, metabolize toxic products so they can be safely eliminated or help reset or balance your immune system and immune tolerance, which goes deeper than fighting inflammation.
Spore-based Probiotics are ideal if you are on Antibiotics
These spore-based probiotics do not contain any live bacillus strains, only its spores — the protective shell around the DNA and the working mechanism of that DNA. As a consequence of this, they are unaffected by antibiotics.
Antibiotics, of course, indiscriminately kill bacteria, both good and bad. This is why secondary infections and lowered immune function are common side effects of antibiotics. Chronic low-dose exposure through food also takes a toll on your gut microbiome, which can result in chronic ill health, not to mention the fact that chronic exposure raises the risk of drug resistance.
The beautiful thing about spore probiotics is that they can more effectively help reestablish your gut microbiome since they're not being destroyed by antibiotics. Also some acidophilus products have the drawback of not being able to survive the passage through your stomach acid if you take them on an empty stomach, which most people do. Poor-quality probiotics may not even be alive by the time you take them.
How Bacillus Spores Help Improve Immune Function
Once established in your gut, the spores help serve a number of important functions. One is to improve your intestinal barrier function. The mucosal barrier in your gut is what decides which nutrients are absorbed and which are to be excreted. The intestinal barrier is also a major player in your immune function. So, to absorb the nutrients from your food, first the food must be properly broken down by the digestive process; then your immune system helps decide which components are allowed in and which are not.
As mentioned, the spores increase immune tolerance, which means they help repair damage in your intestinal barrier. According to Klinghardt, they've been found to play a significant role in healing leaky gut. Secondly, the bacillus spores communicate with your immune system, delivering instructions to increase tolerance towards different food particles and to increase absorption of the food
"It's a fantastic step in all of medicine because we've been looking at all the other things that didn't always work — the glutamine and various other probiotics that never really made a difference in that way. Now, the bacillus does that. It's absolutely beautiful what it does"
Bacillus Spores Increase Production of Other Beneficial Microbes as Well
Klinghardt has found that spore probiotics will, over time, completely heal intestinal mucosal barrier dysfunction and related problems. In many cases, it can take four to six months for full resolution, but as noted by Klinghardt, "We've never had a product that could do that." Research has also shown that these spores massively increase reproduction of acidophilus, bifidus and other microbes in your gut via the electromagnetic messages they send out.
This is entirely unique. When you take a regular probiotic, they primarily take care of themselves. Bacillus spores, on the other hand, actually enhance many of the other beneficial microbes. Bacillus spores also create 24 different substances that have strong anti-microbial properties. But they do not kill indiscriminately. They specifically suppress pathogens that do make a valuable contribution to the whole.
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