Long before the mass use of pesticides and well before pathogens from livestock runoffs contaminated our fruits and vegetables, our ancestors were frequently exposed to a healthy dose of soil with each vegetable serving. It’s likely that that our ancestors ate their fruits and vegetables when and where they could and it’s certain that the FDA wasn’t around to advise them to give each serving a good wash and scrub. The result of all this was that they consumed the bacteria that existed naturally within the soil. In case you’re wondering, a handful of garden soil holds more microbes than the number of stars in the known universe and a quick online search reveals that the observable universe contains 1 billion trillion stars! Even a pinch of soil contains enough bacteria to put many commercial probiotic supplements to shame.
Our ancestors, with their varied diet of fruits and vegetables, and their constant ingestion of soil-based bacterial species, cultivated a diverse and healthy population of gut microorganisms. Nowadays we live in sanitized environments and we consume foods that are sterilized and lacking in nutritious fiber. But the generations of humans before us lived closer to the earth, and indeed consumed portions of it. That’s why good, old-fashioned and healthy soil was the first probiotic known to mankind.
If you’re interested in supplementing your diet with the type of probiotics that our ancestors were exposed to on a daily basis, I recommend considering a soil-based probiotic. Hero ProbioticsTM, from Liberty Bion, contains the perfect mix of two soil-based probiotics called Bacillus subtilis DE111 and Bacillus coagulans combined with 8 other Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species. In clinical studies, B. subtilis DE111 was shown to reduce blood glucose levels and is also demonstrated to promote the growth of other beneficial gut bacteria.
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Douglas Toal, PhD is a medical microbiologist with extensive knowledge and expertise in clinical and environmental microbiology with additional training in biochemistry, metabolism and anti-aging medicine. He is board-certified in Medical & Public Health Microbiology and has performed extensive research in the cell-to-cell signaling strategies that bacteria use to communicate. His current interests include validating innovative diagnostic methods for the identification of clinical disease. He frequently blogs about the application of probiotics in human health, recent discoveries in gut microbiota function and trends in anti-aging medicine and wellness.