There is not much information on some probiotics so I wanted to make sure I wrote a review for a product we’ve found that works. Getting something free from additives for my son was very important because he’s sensitive to many additives.
His first encounter with probiotics was with Garden of Life RAW Kids. He had a really bad reaction to it, which I now think is the reason he had such a horrible reaction to black beans and cinnamon. He likely has salicylate and oxalate issues and all the fruits and veggies in the probiotic tipped him over the edge. At first I thought it wasn’t truly dairy-free, I wrote the manufacturer and they never replied. I also suspected it might be the Inulin, which I’ve read many people have issues with. I wanted to be safe rather than sorry, so I narrowed down my choices to GutPro, Custom Probiotics, Prescript Assist and Body Biotics.
I ended up trying Body Biotics because there was a free trial of 14 capsules at the time. Within a short amount of time, my son started having regular, formed stools… which he’s never had in his life. Before this, he constantly cycled through loose stools and constipation. I was a believer, so I signed up as a Preferred Customer and ordered 4 bottles.
What is in Body Biotics? It has the regulars: L. Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, L. Lactis, L. Casei, L. Rhamnosus, and L. Plantarum. It also has “soil-based organisms” (SBOs)–B. Subtilis and B. Lichenformis which do major work in the gut, but do not colonize and therefore need to be replenished for life. The prebiotic is a blend of humic and fulvic acids, which contain 23 amino acids and many micronutrients.
From Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS book), 2nd ed., pg 249-250, “B. subtilis is a spore-forming microbe and is resistant to stomach acid, most antibiotics, temperature changes and other influences. It has strong immune-stimulating properties and is considered particularly effective with allergies and autoimmune disorders. It produces a whole host of digestive enzymes, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and other active substances…We humans used to consume soil-based bacteria in large amounts when we were drinking water from wells and streams.”
From GAPS book, pg 297, “Fulvic acid…is produced by bacteria in soil. It can ensure a very high absorption rate for a supplement the natural way. It also has good chelating properties for heavy metals. Soil bacteria in your probiotic will provide your gut with this acid.”
Overall, I do think this probiotic is a really good one. We have limited funds and if I could only afford one supplement, this would likely be it. It does cause a die-off reaction, so start with a small dose. My only wish is that they would sell a powdered version as well.
Sally Robertson on Body Biotics
Tuesday 13th of January 2015
I really appreciate your comments on Body Biotics. It seems like it has been very helpful to children who are struggling with the same issues as your son.