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Strong therapeutic probiotics are necessary for healing a damaged gut, evidenced through food intolerances, depression and a host of other conditions.

For those with the most damaged guts, those who are on GAPS, recommended probiotics assist in healing the gut. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride said at the Wise Traditions Conference in London 2012, “GAPS diet is very rich in nutrition. You will get all your nutrition, all your vitamins, all your minerals from food. A handful of supplements are very helpful particularly at the beginning. The probiotic market is full of various brands. The majority of them are prophylactic. They are designed for healthy people to boost themselves a little bit and

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they don’t make a huge difference in the body.”

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An effective probiotic is classified as a therapeutic strength probiotic held at a certain dosage for a  certain length of time, individual to that person. 

Dr. Natasha says, “Strong therapeutic probiotics, when they come into your gut, will start killing Clostridium, killing Protells, killing Staphylococcus and Streptocopha, and killing pathogens. When these creatures die they release toxins which make your child autistic or hyperactive or gives him epilepsy or multiple sclerosis, or gives you arthritis, migraine headaches or something else. This reaction is called a die off reaction.”

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This die off causes many people to flee from the very thing that will heal them, encountering histamine reactions which are telling the body to go in a certain order of recovery, not disbanding the probiotic assistance altogether. If this occurs click here for more information.

“Therapeutic strength probiotics need to be introduced gradually. Start from a very small amount, it’s a very individual process. Start from a tiny amount, take it for a few days, if nothing significant is happening, double the dose, stay for a few days, then double the dose, stay for a few days. You may come to three or four capsules of therapeutic probiotic and suddenly you get the die off. Stay on that dose for as long as it takes for the die off to subside, for the body to clear out all those toxins, for that amount of pathogens to die out in your intestinal tract safely. Then move on increasing the dose up to the therapeutic level. Every therapeutic probiotic has their own therapeutic dosages,” Dr. Natasha says.

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Staying on the therapeutic dose for a few months enables and encourages healthy bacteria to kill off the pathogenic bacteria and allow homeostasis to establish a foothold.

Seeking Health.com says, “Consuming food increases the production of stomach acid, which can damage the probiotic bacteria, it is usually best to take any probiotic away from food. We recommend waiting at least an hour after eating and 45 minutes before consuming your next meal.”

The probiotics listed below are those recommended for the most damaged guts and are all considered therapeutic strength at your individual dosage.

Prescript Assist contains 29 strains of microflora from soil-based organisms and is shelf stable, not needing refrigeration. It is considered a prebiotic and probiotic with the manufacturer saying probiotic bacteria are encompassed in a seed-like barrier which ensures the probiotic bacteria makes it thru the stomach and into the intestines with over 95% effectivity. This same protective barrier allows for a two year shelf life. The manufacturer recommends taking this product with meals. Click here to order prescript assist.

NOTE on Prescript Assist. Some concerns have been questioned about PA since it is a prebiotic. I posted the question to GAPSdiet.com and this was the answer, “Prescript-Assist came on the market after the Gut and Psychology Syndrome book was published.  Information surrounding the use of prebiotics has been very mixed and inconclusive, so it has generally been recommended to initially avoid them in serious digestive conditions in case they are feeding bad bacteria.  However, many Certified GAPS Practitioners and holistic health professionals are using Prescript-Assist with their patients, as all of the strains are soil-based and they have reported great results with their patients.

Unlike conventional Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, the strains in Prescript-Assist are a balanced formulation of a new generation of probiotics, capable of forming a protective shield until reaching the probiotic-friendly environment of the intestines. Acid, bile and heat-resistant, routine testing of Prescript-Assist confirms > 95% viability two years after date of manufacture.

Supported by peer-reviewed, double-blind, placebo controlled human trial, as well as a one year study verifying long-term efficacy,

– See more at: http://www.prescript-assist.com/professional-probiotics/#sthash.W5VLxoIl.dpuf

Unlike conventional Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, the strains in Prescript-Assist are a balanced formulation of a new generation of probiotics, capable of forming a protective shield until reaching the probiotic-friendly environment of the intestines. Acid, bile and heat-resistant, routine testing of Prescript-Assist confirms > 95% viability two years after date of manufacture.

Supported by peer-reviewed, double-blind, placebo controlled human trial, as well as a one year study verifying long-term efficacy,

– See more at: http://www.prescript-assist.com/professional-probiotics/#sthash.W5VLxoIl.dpuf

Unlike conventional Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium probiotics, the strains in Prescript-Assist are a balanced formulation of a new generation of probiotics, capable of forming a protective shield until reaching the probiotic-friendly environment of the intestines. Acid, bile and heat-resistant, routine testing of Prescript-Assist confirms > 95% viability two years after date of manufacture.

Supported by peer-reviewed, double-blind, placebo controlled human trial, as well as a one year study verifying long-term efficacy,

– See more at: http://www.prescript-assist.com/professional-probiotics/#sthash.W5VLxoIl.dpuf

Gut Pro has eight strains, however does not contain D-lactate which causes acidosis in some people. The product contains L. plantarum which reverses acidosis. The manufacturer says, “D-lactic acidosis occurs when the body is unable to properly metabolize excess D(-)-lactate.” Click here for the Gut Pro page.

Biokult is considered the Gold Standard of Probiotics. This, however, is not something that can be evaluated as each person’s gut flora is missing certain strains, which may not necessarily be in Biokult. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride helped formulate this product making it specifically geared towards those patients with the most damaged guts. The manufacturer uses food sources in which they grow strains on, then scrape the strains off the top and discard the food source. Two of the food sources are soya and milk. Through personal correspondence the manufacturer says, “The soya and other food sources are filtered out and discarded.” They go on to say, “It goes through a filtration process a number of times. This is a standard process used by most probiotic fermentation companies.” Biokult uses organic food sources that are non-GMO and does not use corn. Click here to view or order Biokult.

Just Thrive Probiotics are one of the newest players on the market. They are GAPS approved and have been recommended by Dr. Natasha to Certified GAPS Practitioners at the 2016 Certified GAPS Practitioner Meeting. Dr. Natasha also recommended Just Thrive Probiotics at the 2017 WAPF Conference and the 2017 Certified GAPS Practitioner lunch gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November of 2017. Click here to view or order Just Thrive. 

Living Streams is said by the manufacturer, “This product is NOT a full spectrum probiotic, although it does contain the original bacterial which produced the Living Streams Probiotic™ solution, and grow in the intestinal area, which is many times as powerful as any probiotic product can produce in the body naturally.”(Click here to see or order Living Streams).

LS Derma Gold is a paracasei  flora specific liquid probiotic designed to be applied directly to the skin  for absorption. One drop is the application dosage. The manufacturer says their products, “Can be used effectively by applying to the skin or be taken by mouth. You can safely use them in the eyes, ears, nose, lungs, vaginally and rectally.” 

Custom Probiotics (click here to view) contains 2 strains totaling 50 billions microorganisms in each pill and requires refrigeration. This product ships unrefrigerated. The manufacturer says, “The loss at room temperature within a few weeks is very low. We can therefore assure you that the quality of our very high potency probiotic dietary supplements will not be compromised.”

Klaire Labs Lactoprime Plus (click here to view) contains 13 strains and 25 Billion CFUs. This product requires refrigeration.

HMF Multistrain Probiotics (click here to view) the whole HMF brand is therapeutic strength and clean. Each capsule contains 25 billion per capsule from 17 different strains. If ordered as a powder it is best stirred into a bit of yogurt so it doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth or your teeth. (Reports of this product sometimes containing maltodextrin, makes it not recommended and not GAPS legal. Maltodextrin is a product manufactured from corn which causes many people digestive upset).

Natren (click here to view) is said by the manufacturer, “Natren Trenev Trio is the first to introduce a micro-enrobing, unique delivery system – a hard gel capsule in which three super strains of probiotic bacteria are suspended in sunflower oil and vitamin E to keep the bacteria separate, noncompetitive and protected from gastric digestive juices for optimum absorption. The bacteria strains must be bile-resistant. All Natren probiotics have laboratory-tested bile-resistant strains which will survive bile salts.”

Home fermented foods, click here to read more.

Sometimes the liver needs support to assist in detoxing, to properly clean out channels. PEKANA Basic Detox & Drainage Kit has been shown to assist in very stubborn cases. This homeopathic product has been said to flush yeast colonies from the system. This is not recommended for GAPS patients unless they have been on the program for two years and are still suffering from a struggling liver. Click here to learn more.

Body Biotics (click here to view) contains coveted Soil Based Organisms in addition to the traditional probiotic strains.

Be careful with added ingredients that can feed the pathogens….

Culturelle (click here to view) is easy to get and inexpensive, available at CVS. Although this product is praised by many in the autistic community it is on the questionable list as the manufacturer says, “Contains milk protein (Lactobacillus GG is grown on whey and will contain trace levels (less than 15 parts per million per capsule) of casein and whey, which are proteins found in milk. ” Additionally it contains inulin, from chicory root, which is a used as a prebiotic, to maintain shelf stability, which isn’t advised on GAPS. Dr. Natasha says prebiotics feed the good and bad strains indiscriminately, meaning if the digestive tract is dominated with pathogenic flora, a prebiotic will feed more bad flora than good flora.

One ingredient that is acceptable for GAPS, but not optimal is cellulose.

A GAPSdiet.com query was made with the response, “Cellulose in supplements is allowed on the GAPS diet – it is virtually impossible to find supplements (in capsules) without it.  Some patients will open up the capsule and sprinkle the powder on food/drink/directly into the mouth.

Cellulose is used as a binder or filler in capsules or tablets. The EFSA Journal described the process in detail after The European Commission received a request for safety analysis. They said, “Ethyl cellulose is the ethyl ether of cellulose. Ethyl cellulose is prepared from wood pulp or cotton with alkali and ethylation of the alkali treated cellulose with ethyl chloride.” They said no specific studies are known regarding this product. If possible, it is best avoided.

A study on 80 rats lasting over 8 months in 1963 showed no visible adverse effects with a diet of 1.2% ethyl cellulose. No other conclusions were made. They concluded, “The panel considers that during the manufacturing process, the steaming and drying steps would remove volitle residues.” Their assumptions were the ethyl cellulose passes right through the intestinal tract, “essentially unchanged. Adverse side effects are unlikely.”

When you find the right probiotic for you, the one that contains strains you do not have or are weak in, the die off will be extremely noticeable. One drop under the tongue can cause such severe die off that it produces things like a sinus pain, cold like symptoms, flu like symptoms or even sinus headache with waves of nasal crud as well as many other symptoms like diarrhea, joint pain, etc. This die-off can be the worst healing crisis you ever experience including severe swollen sinuses that create an unbearable headache. In addition, it can inflame a nerve going to teeth which shoot pain through your whole head and down the neck. This happened to me. When I sat up out of bed I could feel liquid sloshing in my head. Pathogenic bacteria were inflamed in my intestinal tract and caused a hernia, which Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride says is overgrowth of pathogenic gasses in the intestinal tract pushing out the intestines in a weak spot. The tooth pain prevented sleep. A UTI sprouted which Dr. Natasha says originates from pathogenic toxins trying to escape but not getting out fast enough with the overgrowth of toxins. Those toxins quickly eat through the mucosa lining of the bladder and the pathogens cause a urinary tract infection. All of these symptoms occurred simultaneously. I became a puddle of tearful misery that couldn’t sleep and couldn’t think straight, a 43-year-old moaning mess. Clove essential oil calmed the tooth inflammation, uva ursi removed the UTI and extra detox baths and hot herbal tea assisted in the rest. Rescue Remedy assists in a healing crisis like the one described, taking four drops under the tongue every 15 until the symptoms are gone. This does NOT mean everyone will have the same enormous die-off from this probiotic. This does suggest I was weak in these strains and needed to build them up and strengthen them.

This post is over triple the length of a normal post for Nourishing Plot. The reason is it is a huge topic, vital to so many healing their guts. There are a number of probiotics not listed and this is where you the reader comes in as you folks are some of the smartest I have ever seen. Please list your knowledge below so the rest of us can learn. Due to length, the worst top rated probiotics have been moved to a separate post.

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.

“GAPS™ and Gut and Psychology Syndrome™ are the trademark and copyright of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. The right of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by her in accordance with the Copyright, Patent and Designs Act 1988.

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