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What are Spore Probiotics (Soil-Based Organisms) And Why Do I Need Them?

by Dr. David Minkoff May 09, 2019 6 min read 0 Comments

What are Spore Probiotics (Soil-Based Organisms) And Why Do I Need Them?

Spore probiotics, or Soil-Based Organisms, are a new discovery in the field of gut health. These organisms, found in the soil, are not only not harmful to us, but new research suggests they are actually helpful and even necessary to our overall health.

Soil-based organisms (SBOs) are bacteria spores that work in your gut much like a gardener. Spores provide key “reconditioning” strains of bacteria that help protect and recondition your gut flora, and prepare it for the introduction of probiotics. They help your microbiome recover from on-going assaults by fluoridated and chlorinated water, stress, medications, processed foods and refined sugars, EMFs, and pollution. These are not your ordinary probiotics. 


Soil-Based Organisms

For many years now, gastrointestinal complaints, gut-permeability conditions such as leaky gut, and other “stomach" issues have been on the rise. 

In fact, the number of issues stemming from an unhealthy gut grows more every year, from Allergies, Arthritis, Autoimmune Diseases such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acne, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut, Mood disorders, Autism, Dementia, obesity, and much more. 

But what’s surprising is that these issues are on the rise not in less developed and less hygienic countries… but in more developed countries. Places like the United States. 

How could this be with all the work we do to keep things so “clean” and free of bad bacteria and viruses? And even when we take probiotics to keep our gut healthy?

Well, amazingly, it actually has to do with all of that above-mentioned cleaning. In fact, it may even be because of it. 

But to understand this, we have to go back in time a little bit — about 2500 years. 


Eating Dirt (And All The Nasty Things Living In It!)


Yes, you read that right — Eating dirt. But before you think I’m urging you to go into your backyard and put some soil in your mouth, please read on.

Now, the idea of eating dirt isn’t new. It’s been around a long time, dating back more than 2,500 years ago. Not a lot of dirt, no. 

But a little…

You see, hunters and gatherers couldn’t avoid it. Regardless of their cultures, there’s evidence people have included traces of dirt in their diets throughout the ages.

Did they know something we’ve forgotten?

Think about when you were growing up. You may have had a backyard with flowers, or a garden, or maybe you spent time at a park with lots of grass, running around barefoot, falling, getting your hands dirty, etc.

Back then we didn’t care. Our parents didn’t care. It was just dirt. People didn’t worry so much about dirt, it was part of life. You got dirty and then you cleaned up. Pretty simple. 

It wasn’t until years later that Americans became obsessed with cleanliness. (And we really became obsessed with it if you think about it.) 

We stopped touching dirt. We developed stringent anti-bacterial soaps and wipes to ensure we got every last particle off of us. And we definitely didn’t eat it. Oh no, we scrub those vegetables and fruits until they’re raw. 

Today, it’s not “normal” to get your hands dirty. Even most home gardeners have thick gloves to ensure they don’t. 

And it’s not just adults... Kids these days don’t go playing in the grass. They’re at home on their phones, even the youngest ones now.

While all this may sound like a good thing… it’s actually forced us to take a step backwards with our gut health.


What Is Your Microbiome and How Does This Affect It?

Your microbiome is your unique collection of intestinal bacteria. The trillions of gut bacteria that influence your immune health, mood, behavior, digestion, metabolism and weight, and which prevent a host of conditions and diseases.

What should be there? 

Well, a group of researchers and a Venezuelan medical team set out by helicopter to a remote Yanomami tribe living on the border between Venezuela and Brazil to find this out.

Members of this tribe have lived as hunter-gatherers for more than 11,000 years in this region of the Amazon rain forest. This was their first visit ever with modern society.

But the main thing is — they had never experienced processed foods, chlorinated waters, antibacterial soaps and all of the things we encounter on a daily basis in our “modern” world.

After taking samples from 12 of the villagers' fecal matter, the research team used DNA analysis to determine which species of bacteria thrived in the hunter-gatherers' guts.

Their first surprise was the astonishing number of different species present in the Yanomami's microbiome — The tribe had about 50 percent more ecological diversity in their gut than the average American. 

And they were healthy. 


What It Takes to Create a Healthy Gut (Microbiome)

A healthy microbiome contains two different types of bacteria:

Bacteria from Mom: During birth, breast-feeding and close interactions with friend and family shortly after birth, we receive the bacteria (probiotics) that then colonize our gut, creating our micro-biome. These include the commonly used probiotic species lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

These organisms are essential for your body’s functioning and control its many biochemical reactions. The typical western lifestyle causes significant harm to these bacteria, which can lead to dysbiosis, or an imbalance of microbes.

Today we replenish these with the probiotics you know. 

But there is another kind you may not know of, as important, if not more, that you have not had access to. And which can determine the success or failure of these probiotics.

Spore Biotics (Soil-Based organisms): These are transient organisms from the natural environment. These microbes are key “reconditioning” probiotics. They are introduced into your microbiome through environmental exposure in the form of spore organisms.

These important bacteria perform critical housekeeping functions in your gut. They’re sometimes referred to as the “gut police” because they take care of the condition of your gut and support the growth of good bacteria.

Think of these two categories of bacteria as “reconditioning” and “reseeding.” Environmental bacterial spores condition your gut and ready it for reseeding by beneficial bacteria from fermented vegetables or probiotic supplements.


Why Regular Probiotics Are Not Enough For Your Gut Health

Mother nature produces bacterial spores as a means to survive extreme environmental conditions and to exist long-term in conditions that might normally kill the bacteria.

The complex spore-forming process takes about eight hours. It involves the buildup of layers surrounding the bacteria core, ending with outer protein-like layers known as the spore coat.

Different from regular probiotics, spore-forming bacteria offer four major advantages over non-spore-forming probiotics such as Lactobacillus in your gut:

  • Spores can survive the low pH of the gastric barrier to deliver the entire dosage to your small intestine (not the case for all Lactobacillus species)
  • Spores resist breakdown from enzymes, solvents, and hydrogen peroxide as they travel to your small intestine
  • Spores are heat-stable, so the product can be stored at room temperature without losing any potency or effectiveness
  • Certain spores are antibiotic-resistant, which means you can take them while using antibiotics to help support your healthy microbiome

When the spores reach your small intestines and are exposed to the right nutrients, they germinate. This process, which takes just a few minutes, allows water to enter the spore and break down and remove the spore coats. Freed of its protective layers, the beneficial probiotics can resume cell growth inside your body.

These are NOT the same as the normal probiotics you’re used to and are not interchangeable. They’re each very different organisms and perform very different functions. 

But they’re both essential to one another and to a healthy gut — especially in today’s age of toxins in the air, our food and our water supplies. 

Spore Biotics perform the following functions in your microbiome:

  • Train the immune system to support a healthy normal inflammatory and immune response*
  • Support digestion and assimilation of food and nutrients*
  • Support detoxification processes of your GI tract*
  • Support your GI defenses against invading species and bacterial overgrowth, including your small intestine*
  • Produce key nutrients at the site of absorption to maximize bioavailability*

Bacillus spore probiotics produce vitamins, enzymes, carotenoid antioxidants, and some very valuable fats…

As you can see, these are not just nice to have — they’re essential to a healthy gut and a health body. 


Perfect Immune Defense Probiotic

That’s why, when formulating our new Perfect Immune Defense Probiotic, we utilized not only normal probiotics, but 3 of the best Spore Biotic strains available to help recondition your gut and protect and prepare it for the vital probiotics it needs for optimal health.

Wrapped in a patented Delayed-Response capsule to ensure these probiotics make it through the harsh acids of your stomach, these probiotics, when taken daily, help you maintain proper gut health, which in turn helps ensure your overall health and vitality!

*This website, including products, articles, and educational content are not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This website does not provide medical advice. The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego.

He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine.

In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein.

The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness.

Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 44 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.

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