What Are Soil-Based Probiotics?

What Are Soil-Based Probiotics?

Soil-based bacteria are microorganisms that inhabit soil environments. These bacteria play crucial roles in the soil ecosystem, contributing to nutrient cycling, organic matter decomposition, and the overall fertility of the soil. Just like they nourish and improve the soil they do the same to the human microbiota.

Before modern times and the invention of probiotics as supplements, people would get their probiotics from fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi. Additionally, we used to get our probiotics through the microbes found in soil and on animals.

Indirect Soil Exposure

People's hands, tools, and containers used in food preparation and storage might have come into contact with soil during agricultural activities or food handling. Minimal hand washing and cleaning of the vegetables pulled out of the soil would have provided some microbial diversity for humans back then and possibly also the close contact with animals (goats, cows, donkeys and horses) would have provided various diverse microbes.

Because we have higher levels of hygiene and don't work the land anymore, we miss out on this supply of diverse microbes. I am not suggesting you stop washing your hands or your fruit and vegetables, as unfortunately, our soil also contains pesticides and there are good reasons to maintain hygiene in the world we live in.

Consider the negative impact we have on our microbiota by exposing it to alcohol, certain foods, stress and antibiotics and other medication, we need to make sure we compensate by adding in probiotics in our food or supplements.

The Soil Bacteria Included in The Gut Co Products

Bacillus Coagulans (BC) Unique IS-2 is a strain of bacteria belonging to the Bacillus genus. It is a spore-forming, gram-positive bacterium with several unique characteristics that distinguish it from other strains within the genus.

  1. IBS — Studies have shown that BC Unique IS-2 can provide significant improvements in a range of IBS symptoms. These include reduction in abdominal discomfort, bloating, straining, urgency, incomplete evacuation and passage of gas. 
  2. Heat and Gut Stability — One of the more notable features of BC Unique IS-2 is its ability to withstand high temperatures. This heat stability allows it to survive harsh conditions, such as those encountered during food processing and digestion. Unlike many probiotic strains, Bacillus Coagulans Unique IS-2 can survive the acidic environment of the stomach due to its spore-forming capability. This allows the bacterium to reach the intestines alive, where it can exert its probiotic effects.

  3. Constipation — Studies have shown that BC Unique IS-2 can help to alleviate constipation and reduce pain and gas.

  4.  Studied in Children — BC Unique IS-2 has been shown to significantly improve a variety of GI disorders in children and adolescents.

FEED {gut+immunity} combines BC Unique IS-2 with Saccharomyces Boulardii in high amounts to combat IBS and other gut issues plus FODMAP friendly prebiotics and vegan vitamin D3+K2.

PROTEIN {collagen+WPI} + Certified Vegan Organic Protein contain BC Unique IS-2 and so does CLEANSE {organic greens+mushrooms}


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