Probiotics (should be taken with food): Simply click on the picture to purchase
Probiotics for adults:
Probiotics are recommended for anyone who has, or who has had an autoimmune disease such as (this is not a comprehensive list):
- Crohn's disease
- Addison's disease
- celiac disease
- alopecia areata
- autoimmune hemolytic anemia
- autoimmune hepatitis
- diabetes (type 1)
- Hashimoto's Encephalitis / Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
- Lyme disease, chronic
- some forms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- juvenile diabetes
- myasthenia gravis
- Evans syndrome
- Graves’ disease
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
- myasthenia gravis
- some forms of myocarditis
- multiple sclerosis
- pernicious anemia
- polyarteritis nodosa
- primary biliary cirrhosis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- scleroderma/systemic sclerosis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- systemic lupus erythematosus
- some forms of thyroiditis
- some forms of uveitis
- Type 1 Diabetes
- ulerative colitis
- granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
Who else would benefit from Probiotics??
- people with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) should be on a probiotic for life
- children who were born via C-section and/or formula fed (for at least 3 years)
- if you had an autoimmune illness in the past, take one month of probiotics for every month you had the problem
- people on an antibiotic(s), start taking a probiotic before you finish the antibiotic and continue for 30 days
- anyone consuming the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) consisting of animal products and processed foods
What damages our gut flora?
- Antibiotics – Penicillins, tetracyclines, antifungal antibiotics
- Processed carbs & sugar (feeds pathogens, changes pH)
- High grain fiber diet
- Prescription drugs (such as pain killers, steroids, etc…drug induced gut dysbiosis can be especially difficult to treat)
- Birth control pill
- Bottle feeding
- Prolonged fasting or starvation or overeating
- And much more
Probiotics for children (chewable tablets):
Beneficial for children who:
- have been on and off antibiotics most of their life
- have a tendency to be very sick multiple times a year (flu, bronchitis, pneumonia)
- all children should take a probiotic for 30 days following antibiotic treatment. Antibiotic treatment wipes out the gut flora, both the good guys and the bad guys. It is important to replace the good bacteria for a strong immune system.
- Kids should take probiotics for at least 3 years if they were a C-section baby or formula fed, or both.
Probiotics for babies:
This probiotic is for babies who are breast feeding, but were born via C-section. Why is this so important??
Our very first introduction to beneficial microbes (or not-so-beneficial) happens as we pass through the birth canal.
Hopefully, in this vaginal passage, there are more beneficial microbes than non-beneficial, as a large amount of our first inoculation comes from this passing through the birth canal. This starts our intestinal population, that mainly develops in the first 20 or so days of life. If the mother has taken antibiotics or has been consuming the SAD (Standard American Diet), there may be more non-beneficial microbes than beneficial microbes. Keep in mind, a baby's immune system is not fully intact until the age of 2 years.
Babies born via C-section develop completely different gut flora than babies birthed vaginally via the birth canal with potentially lifelong negative health consequences such as increased risk for allergies, asthma and other autoimmune disorders.
This probiotic is for formula fed babies. Formula fed babies are NOT getting crucial antibodies that only a mother's breast milk can provide. In fact, formula is devoid of any beneficial bacteria.
B12 Supplement (for vegans): simply click on the bottle to purchase
There is conflicting data as to whether or not people on a whole foods plant-based diet should be on a B12 supplement. Some studies say yes, some say it isn't necessary. Even the biggest gurus in this field have differing opinions on this topic. My personal take on it is this...it can't hurt you. I would absolutely recommend talking to your doctor about your diet and getting blood work done to test your B12 levels.