It’s difficult to decipher which probiotic to use when doing a protocol like GAPS. There are hundreds of probiotics on the market, some of them are not best while on GAPS and trying to not feed the pathogens in the microbiome. Avoiding the ones with ingredients which feed the pathogens is imperative, otherwise you’re spending a lot of time and money spinning your wheels. 

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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. 

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.”

Custom Probiotics Eleven Strain (click here to view) contains 11 different varieties of probiotic strains in the high hundreds of billions. It is a very strong probiotic. 

Custom Probiotics Six Strain (click here to view) contains 6 different probiotic strains for those who can not tolerated such variety and need a more gentle starting place, while using a very strong probiotic. 

Custom Probiotics D-Lactate Free (click here to view) is said to be used specifically for autism, small bacteria overgrowth, and histamine issues.

Custom Probiotics Five Strain (click here to view) is specific for those who are avoiding dairy like their lives depended on it. 

Custom Probiotics Infant Formula (click here to view) is specific for use with infants.

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.”

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

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. ”

Saccharomyces boulardii (click here to view) is an isolated anti-yeast strain which should be taken along with other probiotics for optimal absorption. 

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, through The American Naturopathic Medical Association and works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. 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. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. becky.nourishingplot@hotmail.com

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3 Responses to GAPS Approved Probiotics

  1. Elissa Hirsh says:

    What about Megaspore? It’s great!

  2. Lynn Thompson says:

    How does one go about getting a ProBiotic approved by GAPS?

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