Understanding probiotics and how VitalBiome works.
* I’m a Plexus® Ambassador and for this review, Plexus sent me a free bottle of VitalBiome™. All thoughts and opinions are mine.
One of my biggest passions as a health & fitness coach is to bring awareness to the importance of gut health. It’s also a huge passion of mine because discovering probiotics and getting my gut healthy was a life-changer for me.
A whopping 80% of your immune system and about 95% of your body’s serotonin (mood elevating hormone) are in your gut, so in my opinion, this is one of the absolute most important things to take care of. Consuming fermented foods and a diet rich in veggies, healthy fats, and lean proteins are critical to supporting your gut health. However, for many of us, eating such a perfect diet all the time just isn’t that easy, and oftentimes it isn’t enough.
That’s why I believe Probiotics are one of the most important supplements out there to take daily.
*Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal experience along with some of the information I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner. I don’t ever advocate relying on someone’s blog to make major medical decisions.*
“Probiotics provide an extra layer of strength. (They behave like) soldiers in your intestinal tract to combat pathogens.” ~Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders
It’s no secret that our world is growing more toxic everyday, making it impossible to get all the vitamins, nutrients, minerals, & probiotics we need from diet alone. Even if you’re diet is darn near perfect, you could still be deficient and need to supplement like I do due to an array of factors from low food quality and poor environmental conditions to a hectic lifestyle with way too much stress and hormonal changes in your body.
And don’t even get me started with antibiotics.
For years I’ve been taking probiotics—every single day—and experimenting with tons of different brands and dosages. That all changed for me when I first tried Plexus ProBio5. No other Probiotic has worked as GOOD for me as ProBio5 and it’s been a staple for me ever since. I even get playfully teased by my friends and family, joking with me how my answer to almost anything is—ProBio5. LOL If you wanna check out my post about ProBio5, then click here.
Nowadays I’m even more ecstatic over my probiotic system because I’ve added in VitalBiome. When Plexus released details about a new probiotic—VitalBiome—I totally flipped out because I didn’t want to lose my ProBio5. What a relief when I learned that ProBio5 wasn’t going anywhere and that VitalBiome is another super high quality probiotic that can be taken with ProBio5 or on its own.
I’ve been taking my ProBio5 before bedtime (I keep the bottle on my nightstand so it’s convenient and easy not to forget) and first thing when I wake up in the morning I’ll take my VitalBiome. So far, I’m loving the combo!
“If there’s one thing to know about the human body; it’s this: the human body has a ringmaster. This ringmaster controls your digestion, your immunity, your brain, your weight, your health and even your happiness. This ringmaster is the gut.” ~ Nancy S. Mure
What Is A MicroBiome?
MicroBiome has become a popular term in the world of probiotics and gut health. Your microbiome is the trillions of microbes in your gut—and trust me, you want to as much good bacteria in there as possible.
Here’s a quick look at the definition on Google:
the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body).
“we depend on a vast army of microbes to stay alive: a microbiome that protects us against germs, breaks down food to release energy, and produces vitamins”
the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in a particular environment.
“understanding the microbiome—human, animal, and environmental—is as important as the human genome”
A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW VITALBIOME WORKS
Plexus VitalBiome is a revolutionary probiotic supplement that contains eight clinically studied probiotic strains with over 279 scientific studies that support improved health and mood, while reducing feelings of stress and anxiety.
These powerful, clinically demonstrated probiotics help bring your microbiome into balance, boosting your immune and digestive systems, and improving your mood. VitalBiome works to make you healthier—and happier—from the inside out.
VITALBIOME PRIMARY BENEFITS
• Helps reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
• Promotes relaxation
• Stabilizes stress hormones
• Improves mood
• Helps combat bloating and relieves bowel discomfort
• Boosts immune and digestive systems
• Helps reduce GI distress
Deep Dive Into The Ingredients
*Just a quick re-mention to Please be mindful I’m simply sharing my personal experience along with some of the information and research I found helpful or insightful, so you can continue to do your own research alongside your health care practitioner. I don’t ever advocate relying on someone’s blog to make major medical decisions.*
A ‘friendly’ microbe that lives in our digestive system. Lactobacillus produce lactic acid which helps make your digestive system less hospitable for undesirable microbes. Lactobacillus helps improve the digestion of foods and also help support a healthy immune system. Lactobacillus stimulates powerful defense cells like natural killer cells to help counter unhealthy invaders. VitalBiome™ includes the following highly studied strains of Lactobacillus to deliver a number of health benefits.
WebMD says, “Many bacteria and other organisms live in our bodies normally. “Friendly” bacteria such as lactobacillus can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off “unfriendly” organisms that might cause diseases such as diarrhea.”
So let’s take a closer look at the Lactobacillus strains in VitalBiome:
Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM (Natural)
One of the most highly studied probiotic strains that are supported by over 100 scientific studies, including 50 human clinical studies. L. acidophilus NCFM survives the journey through the gastrointestinal tract and helps crowd out bad microbes while producing compounds that overpower bad microbes to help improve gut health and maintain the balance of healthy microbiota.
Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 (Natural)
Validated by 82 scientific studies, 45 of which are human clinical studies, to enhance gut microbiome health and help improve mood. L. helveticus R0052 can adhere to the intestinal cell lining, thereby helping to maintain the intestinal barrier of the gut, while promoting immune and gut health. L. helveticus R0052 has also been clinically demonstrated to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety while helping improve mood when combined with Bifidobacterium longum R0175.
Lactobacillus plantarum LP-115 (Natural)
Validated by four scientific studies, and has a long history of safe use. L. plantarum LP-115 has exceptional survival ability through stomach acid and helps produce lactic acid which helps inhibit growth of undesirable microbes. L. plantarum LP-115 has excellent adhesion to the intestinal lining, which brings this healthy bacterium in close contact with the intestinal immune system, giving the probiotics a better opportunity to modulate immune response.
Bifidobacterium is one of the best-studied probiotics. Bifidobacterium attaches to the cells of the intestine and help protects the physical lining of your intestine against damage from bad microbes. Bifidobacterium also helps produce important vitamins like vitamins B12, biotin and K. When you were born, Bifidobacterium made up 95% of your intestinal bacteria and helps promote gut microbiome health. Bifiidobacteria are broadly recognized for their key role in the gut microbiome throughout life. VitalBiome uses highly studied strains of the Bifidobacterium to promote balance in the intestinal tract and benefits health.
I found some more good research over at SelfHacked: “Bifidobacteria account for more than 80% of microorganisms within the intestine and Bifidobacterium bifidum is the second most prominent species found in breast-fed infants. During adulthood, the levels of Bifidobacteria decrease considerably but remain relatively stable (2–14%), decreasing again in old age…
…Various diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and allergies have been associated with lower numbers of Bifidobacteria at various stages of life.”
So let’s take a closer look at the Bifidobacterium strains in VitalBiome:
Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04 (Natural)
Validated by 13 scientific studies, and well is suited for intestinal survival with its ability to tolerate stomach acid and for its ability to adhere to the human intestinal tract. B. lactis Bl-04 helps improve gastrointestinal health and has been shown in a clinical study to help maintain and more rapidly restore microbiota after antibiotic treatment. B. lactis Bl-04 has been shown in clinical studies to improve immune system health.
Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07 (Natural)
A very powerful probiotic that has been demonstrated in over 36 scientific studies to help improve digestion and enhance immune system response. In a human clinical study, B. lactis Bi-07 has been shown to help reduce bloating, improve intestinal regularity and provide relief for gastrointestinal problems.
Bifidobacterium longum R0175 (Natural)
Clinically shown to support mood and relaxation when combined with L. helveticus R0052. Stress and anxiety impacts a significant percent of the Americans, and an imbalance of gut microbiota can negatively impact the biochemical functioning of brain cells. The combination of L. helveticus R0052 and B. longum R0175 helps reduce stress induced digestive distress. The combination also helps reduce stress hormone (cortisol) levels while significantly decreasing stress reaction, promoting greater sense of relaxation and improving mood.
Saccharomyces boulardii is not considered a bacteria, but is a yeast that happens to function like a probiotic in the body, and survives passage through stomach acid to deliver its benefits to the intestinal tract. S. boulardii is gut-healthy probiotic that helps regulate intestines microbiota and protect against harmful microbes.
I read this over at Selfhacked: “S. boulardii is a commonly prescribed probiotic that can prevent or improve a number of GI issues. This probiotic also combats bacterial, parasite and fungal infections, and exhibits other important benefits.”
So let’s take a closer look at the Saccharomyces boulardii strain in VitalBiome:
Saccharomyces boulardii I-3799 (Natural)
A highly studied probiotic which protects and maintains normal intestinal microbiota, helps restore disruptions to microbiota imbalance, and supports digestive health.
A spore-forming bacterial species within the genus Bacillus. B. coagulans forms reproductive structures called spores. Spores are very hardy and are activated in the acidic environment of the stomach and begin germinating and proliferating in the intestine. B. coagulans is a lactic acid producing probiotic which provides a wide range of intestinal health benefits.
A little research over at SelfHacked states: “B. coagulans is a promising probiotic that can lower insulin levels, improve cholesterol, IBS, and arthritis. This bacterium was recently shown to stimulate muscle recovery in athletes.”
So let’s take a closer look at the B. coagulans strain in VitalBiome:
Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856 (Natural)
Has been demonstrated by 11 clinical studies to reduce GI distress and relieve bowel discomfort and benefit health.
Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose (Natural)
Found in the delayed release veggie capsule shell and is made from natural cellulose obtained from softwood trees, mainly pine and spruce. The natural cellulose is then modified to a form of gum or gel like material. VitalBiome’s™ delayed release capsule is non-GMO, vegan, kosher and halal.
Brown Rice Flour (Natural)
Brown rice flour is made from rice hulls that are sterilized and ground into a fine powder. Brown rice flour is a natural ingredient used as an excipient to ensure consistent capsule fill weight.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (Natural)
This is used as a natural excipient that prevents both powder and capsules from sticking to surfaces during encapsulation.
A Few Frequently Asked Questions For Those Who Love Extra Details (Like Me!)
What is the difference between VitalBiome and ProBio 5?
VitalBiome is a probiotic supplement that is formulated to SEED your gut with significant levels of good microbes. It contains 20 billion CFU^ (8 different probiotic strains) that help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, improve mood, reduce GI distress, bloating, and discomfort, and help improve immune health. VitalBiome utilizes clinically studied probiotic strains protected in a delayed release capsule. ProBio 5 is a powerful enzyme blend that is designed to help keep intestinal yeast in balance to help keep your gut microbiome healthy. ProBio 5 contains 2 billion CFU^ (5 different probiotic strains).
Can I take both VitalBiome™ and ProBio 5?
Yes. While VitalBiome is best taken on an empty stomach, the probiotic formula can also be taken with food. For convenience purposes VitalBiome can be taken in the morning and ProBio 5 should be taken at night.
Can I take VitalBiome with other Plexus® products?
Absolutely! VitalBiome is the perfect complement to other Plexus products. The general guidelines below are for anyone who wants to simplify their supplement routine. These are just suggestions, and ultimately as everyone’s body is unique, you should do what works best for your body and lifestyle.
When can I expect to see results?
Results can vary from individual to individual, but participants of the strain clinical tests reported reduced feelings of stress, improved mood, and improved digestive health after 30 days.
What is a delayed-release capsule and why is it important?
VitalBiome utilizes a delayed release capsule that has been engineered to better withstand the harsh acidic conditions found in the stomach. Studies show these capsules take 45 minutes to dissolve while traditional capsules are less than 30 minutes. Protecting probiotics from these harsh conditions insures the maximum number of live probiotics make it to the intestinal tract.
Which VitalBiome ingredient contains dairy?
Bifidobacterium longum (R0175) utilizes dairy products during the fermentation process and is manufactured in a facility that processes dairy ingredients. The clinically demonstrated benefits that this strain provides are so incredible, this strain was thus added to the formula. Anyone with dairy allergies should consult a physician prior to using VitalBiome.
Which VitalBiome™ ingredients contain soy?
Lactobacillus helveticus (R0052) and Bifidobacterium longum (R0175) utilize soy products during the fermentation/ manufacturing process. They, along with brown rice flour, are also produced in a facility that processes soy containing ingredients. The clinically demonstrated benefits that these strains provide are so incredible, these strains were thus added to the formula. Anyone with soy allergies should consult a physician prior to using VitalBiome.
Can I use VitalBiome with my medication?
Consult with your physician if you have any questions or concerns with medication interactions.
What is the benefit of using probiotic yeast?
VitalBiome™ contains Saccharomyces Boulardii (I-3799), a hardy probiotic yeast that can survive the harsh journey to the intestinal tract where it is shown to supports digestive health.
If you have questions that aren’t noted above or need to ask about anything else, feel free to comment below or email me anytime. I’m happy to help any way I can.
Keeping my gut healthy and my microbiome balanced has been such a life-saver for me. You can head over here to read more about my story and how I was able to heal myself holistically through a better diet and adding in the right natural supplements.
I’ve been bringing awareness to gut health and probiotics for years, and have helped hundreds of people learn how to heal their gut naturally and effectively. My most popular program is my PURIFY YOUR GUT IN 10 DAYS and it’s On Sale right now! It’s super affordable, easy to follow, and tells you everything you need to know to get your gut healthy.
I truly hope you found this article helpful. Trust me, I know how many choices are out there when it comes to supplements and just how confusing that can be. That’s one of the reasons I signed up with Plexus in the first place—our products are high quality, natural, cost-effective, and super easy to take. Plus it’s been a fun side business that I’ve been able to do from anywhere…home, when I travel, lounging by the pool, etc.
If you have questions about Plexus products, the biz, or gut health and probiotics, I’m truly happy to help you. Either comment below or email me anytime.
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