Top Picks for Probiotics and Enzymes
The gut is the gateway to your health. It is responsible for digesting our food, absorbing our nutrients and eliminating our waste and toxins.
The ecosystems of bacteria that live in the gut are important for every aspect of our health. Depression, immunity, malnutrition and any host of diseases are associated with an unhealthy intestinal lining.
These days the typical American diet is loaded with chemicals and toxins that destroy our good bacteria and allow “bad” bacteria to take over. Antibiotics, ibuprofen and other drugs, along with too much sugar and too little healthy fat have all added to an epidemic of gut related disorders. As a result I highly recommend my clients to take a good quality probiotic every single day. Buyer beware however, because many brands you buy do absolutely nothing to help you because the bacteria is either dead before it reaches your gut or it doesn’t contain enough variety or a large enough quantity.
I recommend that each time you buy you rotate between 2 or 3 types that seem to work well for you. Below is a list of some of my favorite brands with a little description about each one.
Below the probiotics you will find some digestive enzymes. For people suffering with reflux, indigestion or someone who has had their gallbladder removed enzymes might be helpful to help with digestion.
Nexabiotics – This diverse probiotic contains 23 different strands, enteric coated to protect against stomach acid and 35.4 Billion CFU’s. It contains S. boulardi which has been shown to help with IBS and diarrhea. No refrigeration required.
Prescript Assist – This probiotic contains 29 strains that have been proven to be highly-resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines. The CFU’s are not as high as the studies done found with these types of microorganisms, that are naturally found in the GI tract, they do not need to be as high nor do they need to be refrigerated.
Bio-Kult -The beneficial bacteria in Bio-Kult are cryoprotected during the freeze drying process, which protects from stomach acid and can get to the full length of the intestinal tract. They also do not need refrigeration.
Dr. Axe Soil Based Live Probiotics – This probiotic/prebiotic blend has been formulated to replace the soil-based organisms (SBO) that have been missing from our soil due to pesticides, fungicides, etc. in modern day farming. It includes 10 strains resistant to stomach acid, prebiotic food and a total of 50 CFU’s. No refrigeration required. This is one of my favorite products and has worked well for our family.
VSL-3 – I hesitate to recommend this one to everyone because of its cost however for someone with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s or other inflammatory bowel diseases as it has been studied extensively for use in these populations. If you struggle with one of these conditions it is certainly worth the price.
Renew Life Digestive Enzyme – DigestMore combines a broad-spectrum of natural plant-sourced enzymes with additional ingredients to soothe the digestive tract and help reduce occasional digestive discomforts like gas and bloating so you always feel your best. Ideal for someone with GERD who wishes to treat their condition naturally. Take one before each meal.
Mercola Digestive Enzyme – This complete digestive enzyme is perfect for someone who has had their gallbladder removed or someone needed more assistance digesting fat. In addition to the regular digestive enzymes it also contains ox bile which aids in the breakdown of fats. Take one before your biggest meal.