Do You Need a Probiotic? Which One? What Bacterial Strains? How Many CFUS? What is a CFU?
If you’re confused about taking a probiotic, you’re not alone. Scientists are engaged in a tremendous amount of research and debate over the what, how, and when of taking probiotics.
Dr. Jon LaPook, a board-certified physician in internal medicine and gastroenterology and a correspondent for 60 Minutes, recently investigated whether probiotics actually improve health and said, “We are only now starting to discover that the gut microbiome plays a much larger role in our lives than we ever imagined. Some of those bacteria found inside us are replicated in commercially-manufactured mixtures called probiotics. You see them on grocery and pharmacy shelves, and they’re recommended by friends and doctors like me.” Moreover, “Millions of people are trying to improve their microbiome themselves using probiotics, so-called good bacteria,” says LaPook.
If you are taking a probiotic, you’re taking steps to influence who lives in your gut, but for optimal health you need to provide hospitable accommodations for your microbial guests. They need to be well fed, comfortably housed, and provided with all the little necessities. They also need structure that still keeps you, the host, in control of their habitat. Like any good host, you want your guests to be happy, but you don’t want to turn the whole house over to them. Boundaries and balance are the key to having both good house guests and an optimal gut environment.
That isn’t to say that probiotics can’t be helpful. The gut provides a healthy framework for probiotics to communicate with the host (the host being you and often your immune system), an advantageous space for them to accomplish their tasks, and a necessary barrier to keep them from sneaking out of your gut and causing havoc in other parts of your body.
Previlli is a completely new approach to gut health that focuses on the structures and functions of the gut. It’s true that 39 trillion organisms live in your gut - some are health promoting and some are not. Sometimes the only difference between a good organism or a bad organism is where it lives, what it has to eat, or who its friends are. The home you provide in your gut for these guests determines whether a healthy balance is maintained between the good and bad bacteria.
Many people think of their intestines as just an inert, long tube that stuff flows through. In reality, it’s an amazing, complex, protective, absorptive, regenerative, multi-functional organ that plays a key role in nutrient absorption, metabolism, digestion, inflammation, and immunity. Its surface area exceeds that of the skin, making it the organ most connected to the outside world. It has more neurons than the spine, manufactures over 30 different neurotransmitters, and facilitates 80% of the immune system. The microbiota living there have 100 times your genetic potential and intervene in the metabolism of over 80% of all medications.
What is gut structure? Often the only thing we associate with gut architecture is the barrier or wall of cells lining the gut that absorb nutrients and keep the rest of undigested food, toxins, and bacteria from giving our microbiota guests free run of the “whole house.” (Even good bacteria can cause a lot of trouble when they don’t stay in the lumen of the gut.)Previlli addresses 4 important structures and functions of the gut:
- Fortifies barrier function by supporting the protein connectors between cells that keep the intestinal membrane tight and leak-proof. It’s very important the microbiota, toxins, and other food components stay in their designated areas. Transport across the intestinal barrier is a highly selective and controlled activity designed to facilitate nutrient absorption while still protecting us by keeping everything else out. Materials and microbes that sneak across the membrane without proper chaperoning can cause panic in the immune system and disease in the gut and other parts of the body.
- Supports the protective coating of the intestinal barrier called mucin. Mucin is a dual-functioning, super-gooey carbohydrate produced by the goblet cells in the intestinal wall. Both the small and large intestine have mucin, but in the large intestine, where most of the bacteria live, the goblet cells lay down a double layer of mucin for extra protection. This layer is absolutely critical to the healthy function of the intestinal barrier and for microbiota balance. Good and bad bacteria attach themselves to the lining of the intestine on the mucin. The more good bacteria that can hang on there means less space for the bad bacteria. The good bacteria literally crowd out the bad bacteria!
- Optimizes the surface area of the gut. Optimal surface area is related to the elements above, plus the folds of the intestine. These villi and microvilli are part of the engineering wonder that packs all that surface area into such a tiny space. Providing nutritional support for the building blocks and maintenance of these structures helps them strengthen and optimize the surface area of the gut.
Cultivates the lumen environment. The lumen is the interior compartment of the tube and it has a surprising symphony of activities going on at all times, including immune sensing, short chain fatty acid processing, waste removing, brain-gut communicating, and microbiota managing, including the thousands of metabolites that result from their fermentation and genetic activity. Lumen-enhancing means providing nutritional support for the many activities that go on there that have an impact, not just on how our gut feels, but also on our overall health.
Previlli helps you cultivate a lumen environment that feeds the good bacteria and starves the bad. Packed with fermented foods, superfood polyphenols, and a special fiber that the good bacteria especially love to metabolize (they eat it up), Previlli is designed to help recondition and renovate your most neglected organ.
There are many well researched strains of probiotics. Each of them has been studied for specific outcomes in both healthy and diseased individuals. Depending upon your health concerns, you and your healthcare provider can decide which one (or ones) is right for you. No matter which probiotic you chose, taking Previlli™ with it can help optimize its stay in your gut and increases your chances that it will provide the benefits you’re hoping for*.
Previlli™ works at the level of the gut mucosa. It supports specific foundational and structural elements of the intestinal barrier and lumen environment to encourage optimal performance of the gastrointestinal tract and to create and maintain the best possible home for your microbiota.* Good for you and good for your guests
Previlli™ has a risk-free, no hassle, money-back guarantee. Try Previlli™ for one month, and if you don’t feel a difference, please contact us directly and we will make getting your refund as easy as possible.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.