Or eat soil-based organisms (SBOs) from ancestrally prepared fermented foods: KOREAN PEPPER PASTE (GOCHUJANG), Thai shrimp paste, natto, fermented black beans, etc.
See prior animal pharm: Kochujang, [B licheniformis, B subtilis] fermented soybean-based red pepper paste, decreases visceral fat and improves blood lipid profiles in overweight adults
Guest Post: Tim/Tater
Is everybody still with us?
Today we'd like to talk about step 3 in Dr. BG's 7-Steps Paleo* Gastro IQ SIBO Protocol. I came here as a bit of a know-it-all on resistant starch, but quickly realized that while RS was somewhat of a missing-link on a paleo diet, soil-based organisms (SBOs) are missing even more-so. Luckily, combining RS and SBOs is the quickest route to restoring harmony in the gut. In a few email exchanges with Dr. BG, she mentioned SBOs several times. I was totally unfamiliar with the term. I thought to myself, 'wow--she is so dumb, she can't even spell 'SIBO'. Boy was I in for a surprise! After sending me 200 links to read, I quickly became a believer in Soil Based Organisms.
Also known as Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs), these microbes have been flying under the radar for decades. All throughout our evolutionary history, SBOs were there with us. When we started cleverly sanitizing our hands, sterilizing our eating utensils, and homogenizing everything we ate SBOs were no longer our faithful ally.
A clinical study was done with 25 sufferers of IBS using a commercial SBO probiotic. The study concluded: " This study identified 3 subsyndromic factors of IBS: general ill feelings/nausea, indigestion/flatulence, and colitis. In this methodologically oriented double-blind study in patients with IBS, combined probiotic-prebiotic treatment with Prescript-Assist was associated with significant reductions in these factors."
I looked at the formulations of several SBO supplements recommended by Dr. BG and found they all contained a variety of microbes. The first one I looked at is called Probiotic-3 from iHerb. It contains Streptococcus faecalis, Clostridium butyricum, and Bacillus mesentericus. Each one of these are well known probiotics found in the soil and in humans and convey protective properties when in the human digestive tract.
WHOA! HOLD ON...Dr. BG wants us to swallow a pill containing Streptococcus faecalis? [Grace: YESSSS] It's commonly found in 'diseased teeth needing or having had root canal treatment' and 'Some diseases caused E. Faecalis are endocarditis..., urinary tract infections, pneumonia or meningitis.' WTF? Well, it turns out that this microbe is also a powerful 'lactic acid [producing ] bacteria and it can help reduce symptoms when a person is lactose intolerant. The products created with this bacteria are useful for clearing diarrhea and for stimulating the immune system. Products fermented with this bacteria help to balance the intestinal microflora.' Almost every one of the SBOs has a similar story! OK, maybe Dr. BG is not totally crazy, but the jury is still out. [Grace: Demented, no debate~!]
(NOTE: this is not an advertisement!)
Let's look at another supplement, Primal Defense, even though it's called 'Primal', I don't think Mark Sisson is behind it because his wonderful product is Primal Flora (see below link) which contains an SBO Bacillus Coagulans. Primal Defense (new formulation) is touted by the manufacturer as "12 species of probiotics and Homeostatic Soil Organisms (HSOs)" This probiotic powder contains these 13 strains (the last one is a yeast). Click the links to learn more:
If anyone is as interested in gut microbes as Dr. BG and I, please click each link above...these are links that I personally searched for, they were not hand-fed to me by manufacturer. For instance, the link on Lactobacillus paracasei will lead you to an article by the American Society for Microbiology concerning this microbe and it's relationship to mucosal immune response. I will leave it to you to look into these, as each one alone could fill several blogs!
Here is the takeaway for this blog: If you are severely immune-compromised, do not take any probiotics. They are alive. Like a live (attenuated) vaccine, probiotics are contraindicated in a severely immune-compromised individual.
If not, and you want to treat SIBO or just improve your gut microbiome, consider taking supplements like these in your therapeutic plan along with RS-rich foods and RS-rich potato starch (bionic fiber):
[Disclaimer: We have no financial affiliations with any of the above]
There is no magic in using these brands, but the supplement you choose should have a similar composition. These supplements don't need to be taken for life, just until you kick-start your gut flora--when properly fed, these microbes will set up shop and help keep you healthy and happy. Proper feeding of microbes relies on resistant starch and some other prebiotics we will talk about next...