Are Soil Based Probiotics (SBO) Any Good?


Greetings. Eric Bakker, New Zealand naturopath. Thanks for checking out my video. We’re going to talk about soil-based probiotics. It’s a question I get asked from time to time
from people. “Are soil-based probiotics any good?” Let’s just look at this in a little bit more
depth. You know that probiotics are flavor of the
month at the moment. Everybody wants to take probiotics. We’ve got many different types. We’ve got lactate, a lactic acid forming. We’ve got soil-based, which are spore forming
or we call them SBOs, soil-based organisms. A popular one, for example, is a bacillus
suptilis. It’s found in Natto. This awful stuff that the Japanese tend to
eat. It’s really snotty kind of stuff. It’s got this bacterium in it called bacillus
suptilis. Soil-based organisms were once very important
for humans because a long time ago, what 50 years ago, that’s a lot time now, 100 years
ago. People didn’t really have supermarkets. I can remember growing up in Australia. I think I was nine years old and the first
big supermarket came to our area. Prior to the supermarkets, people would buy
groceries from the guys that came in trucks to the house. You had the milkman once. You had the meat man. You had the vegetable lady. These people would have a much fresher supply
of food. Today, we have supermarkets, so vegetables
are trucked in from miles away. I bought some broccoli once at a supermarket
because every piece looked so perfect and it had “Product of China.” I put the broccoli in the fridge. Three weeks later it stilled looked perfect. If I got a piece of broccoli out of my garden,
within several days in the fridge, it’s all limp like this. It’s not really looking good. Be careful. Soil-based organisms were once very popular
because people had produce much closer to home. Vegetables were cut and eaten relatively quickly,
so soil may have been adhering to these. Now, everything is sterilized. Probably the vegetables you buy now are water
blasted and dipped in bleach and chemicals and goodness knows what crap they put on foot
today. I wouldn’t know because I grow a lot of food
myself. The soil-based organisms were once consumed
widely by people and their microbiota or their gut function was different back then. They didn’t have to go to Facebook to enjoy
life back then. They weren’t hooked on Google and the Internet. They slept better. They relaxed more. They worked hard, but they ate a better quality
food. They had a high nutritional content and they
also consumed more fermented, cultured foods a long time ago. People by default had a much healthier gut
and a bigger diversity of bacteria and fungi that conferred very good health. Today, our microbiota or human bacterial gut
population, is shrinking, shrinking, shrinking. Probably like a lot of peoples’ intelligence. It’s getting narrower, narrower, and narrower. That means now people are looking at other
forms of organisms to introduce into their gut like SBOs, soil-based organisms. Do they work? I don’t know. I’m not convinced. This stuff’s only been around for a few years. There are different probiotics like Prescript
Assist. I’ve used these probiotics with patients for
a while. And to be honest, I see no difference between
a good probiotic, a lactic-acid forming probiotic, and an SBO. I’ve seen no clinical difference. In fact, I believe that the lactic acid ones
work better with people than the SBOs for many different reasons. Probiotics are very important. Here’s really the kicker. The big thing with taking them is many don’t
survive the bypass of the stomach. They get killed off by the low pH of the gut. They get eaten under stressful situations. They get consumed along with a crappy diet. They get consumed by people who live a very
imbalanced lifestyle. Supplements work best in people who understand
that eating good food and living a balanced lifestyle is important for health. People who understand how to breathe properly
and to drink water and actually going to bed on time. That’s when probiotics really work. Because then they’re going to work in the
gut, which is built up by healthy diet and lifestyle to support it. Do you need SBOs, soil-based organisms, or
do you need the lactic-acid forming ones? My opinion, stick with the lactic-acid forming
probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus and keep away from all the fancy, fluffy kind
of stuff at the moment until we’ve done more research in it. It’s still relatively new and people who jump
in there it’s flavor of the month at the moment, but flavors don’t last like fashions quite
often, so who knows. Check out CanXida Restore. When I made this product, I made sure that
I put my probiotics, high quality ones, in a special capsule that actually survives the
stomach bypass. It actually opens up in the small intestine
and gets activated in different parts of the gut where the bacteria need to be. Up to you. I wouldn’t personally go for soil-based organisms. Some people swear by them, but then again,
some people swear by a lot of funny things. The choice is yours. Thanks for tuning in.

9 thoughts on “Are Soil Based Probiotics (SBO) Any Good?

  1. L. Acidophilus was feeding my Candida. Every time I took it my symptoms worsened. I took sbos and the problem resolved. It's better to take them at the initial stage

  2. I take homoeostatic soil organisms called Primal Defence and am getting great results. They actually have Lacto and Bififdo strains as soil organisms. Have you heard of this product? Thoughts?

  3. Hi Eric, Last year I did a Triad profile test (blood and urine) at Genova Diagnostics. One of the things that they found was a high amount of D-lactate, which they said was due to intestinal bacterial overgrowth of L. acidophilus. They adviced me to take non D-lactate forming probiotics. What are is your opinion on this? Also they found very high amounts of L-Lactate. Does this also have to do with bacterial overgrowth?

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