Last Updated on May 26, 2020
“Are soil-based probiotics any good?”
Probiotics are the flavor of the month at the moment. Everybody wants to take probiotics.
There are many different types of probiotics.
We’ve got lactate, a lactic acid-forming.
We’ve got soil-based, which are spore-forming, or we call them SBOs, soil-based organisms. A popular one, for example, is a bacillus subtilis.
Soil-based organisms were once significant for humans because a long time ago, people didn’t shop at supermarkets.
I can remember growing up in Australia. I think I was nine years old and the first big supermarket came to our area.
Before the supermarkets, people would buy groceries from the guys that came in trucks to the house.
You had the milkman once.
You had the meat man.
You had the vegetable lady.
These people would provide a much fresher supply of food.
Today, we have supermarkets, so vegetables are trucked in from miles away.
I bought some broccoli once at a supermarket because every piece looked so perfect, and it had “Product of China” written on it. I put the broccoli in the fridge.
Three weeks later, it still looked perfect.
If I got a piece of broccoli out of my garden, within several days in the fridge, it’s all limp and doesn’t look very good.
Soil-based organisms were once very widespread because people had produce from much closer to home. Vegetables were cut and eaten relatively quickly, so soil may have been adhering to these.
Now, everything is sterilized.
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Probably the vegetables you buy now are water blasted and dipped in bleach and chemicals and goodness knows what crap they put on food today.
I wouldn’t know because I grow a lot of food myself.
The soil-based organisms were once consumed widely by people, and as a result, their microbiota was different back then.
People also slept better. They were more relaxed. They worked hard, but they ate a better quality food.
At that time, food had better nutritional content. People ate more fermented and cultured foods. As a result, their gut had a much bigger diversity of bacteria and fungi, which led to much better health.
Today, the diversity of our gut microbiota is shrinking. That means now people are looking at other forms of probiotics to introduce into their gut like SBOs, soil-based organisms.
Do they work?
I’m not convinced. This stuff’s only been around for a few years.
I’ve used these probiotics with patients for a while. And to be honest, I see no clinical difference between a good probiotic, a lactic-acid forming probiotic, and an SBO.
In fact, I believe that the lactic acid ones work better with people than the SBOs for many different reasons.
Supplements work best in people who understand that eating good food and living a balanced lifestyle is part of the “good health” package.
Do you need SBOs, soil-based organisms, or do you need the lactic-acid forming ones? My opinion is to stick with the lactic-acid forming probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus.
Check out CanXida Restore. When I made this product, I made sure that I put high-quality probiotics into a unique capsule that survives the stomach bypass.
It opens up in the small intestine and gets activated in different parts of the gut where the bacteria need to be.
Up to you, but I wouldn’t personally go for soil-based organisms.