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How to Choose the Best Probiotic for C. diff

Taking an effective and targeted probiotic can make the difference between a speedy C. diff. recovery or a slow one. However, finding the best probiotic for C. difficile can be a major challenge.

Most probiotics have limited benefit

Taking a targeted probiotic can help your overall strategy and speed your recovery.

Probiotics are one of the latest, greatest health trends and many companies now have a probiotic product to tap into the frenzy. While many people have heard of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria probiotics, these products have quite a few drawbacks and are not the best approach for C. difficile.

If you’ve tried probiotics without seeing results, they probably weren’t True Probiotics

There have been many recent advances in the world of probiotics. And there’s a new class of probiotics that have been used in Europe and around the world for decades with great results. They are new to the United States and they are a game-changer in the probiotic industry. Aside from gut restoration, my favorite probiotic strains also fight against gut pathogens, including C. difficile!

True Probiotics Survive Stomach Acid and Provide Targeted Support

Depiction of healthy gut microbiome

True probiotics benefit your gut microbiome in multiple ways by reconditioning, “pulling weeds” and “tending the soil”.

Most probiotics “reseed” the gut, attempting to replenish the specific probiotic strain or strains you ingest. True probiotics take a different approach and “recondition” the gut. They work like tiny gardeners in your “gut garden”, loosening and fertilizing the soil, which helps the flowers to grow and become strong and healthy.

True probiotics work by making conditions better for your resident healthy gut microbes to grow and flourish. They promote a diversity of microbes, a key indicator of a healthy gut. Restoring the balance of healthy gut microbes also crowds out disease-causing bacteria like C. difficile.

True probiotics target and fight unhealthy bacteria.

Unlike fragile probiotics that try to reseed the gut, the true probiotics below are spore-forming probiotics, meaning they are very hardy and tough. They will arrive in your intestines at 100% potency.

5 Traits of True Probiotics

A true probiotic…

  • Can survive in the bottle and through the acidic stomach to reach the intestines at 100% potency1.
  • Is a normal resident of the human microbiome and will bind and colonize in every person.
  • Has a long history of human use.
  • Can tolerate oxygen as well as non-oxygen environments.
  • Has a track record of safety and effectiveness.

The Benefits of Bacillus Probiotics

Bacillus soil probiotics

Bacillus are natural probiotic organisms found in the soil and also on fruits and veggies.

Bacillus species are hardy spore-forming bacteria that are found in the soil and they are often referred to as “sporebiotics.” Bacillus bacteria are incidentally eaten by people because of their abundant presence in nature, often found on fruits and vegetables. Some strains are used in fermented foods like natto. There are hundreds of Bacillus species, but some are also a natural resident inside every person’s gut.

For decades, Bacillus probiotics have been used around the world for fighting off intestinal pathogens, antibiotic associated diarrhea and improving immune system function.

Once inside the gut, Bacillus spores start growing. They overhaul the gut by creating essential nutrients and conditions that beneficial species like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria need to survive and thrive.

While Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria and other probiotics are very fragile, Bacillus probiotics come in a dormant spore form. Bacillus sporebiotics are highly resistant to light, heat and oxygen, making them very stable during shipping and storage. They are a refreshing change as most other “professional grade” probiotics require refrigeration to help keep them alive.

Bacillus Probiotic Targeted C. diff Benefits:

What’s in your probiotic?

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Some Bacillus probiotics seek out and fight gut pathogens like C. difficile and their toxins that cause inflammation and diarrhea.

  • Bacillus coagulans can improve C. difficile colitis symptoms, reduce colon inflammation, improve stool consistency and improve C. diff. outcomes. It also has immune-modulating effects2,3.
  • Bacillus clausii is one of the top selling probiotics in the world that is recommended for use during antibiotic treatment. It makes compounds that directly inhibit C. difficile and is a potent immune system enhancer 4.
  • Bacillus clausii reduces the cytotoxic effects of C. difficile toxins through a secreted enzyme called M-protease. This enzyme breaks apart the C. diff. toxins, thereby producing a strong protective effect against intestinal damage5.
  • Bacillus licheniformis helps digestion of proteins and produces B vitamins in the gut.
  • Bacillus subtilis HU58 produces 12 natural targeted antibiotic substances, effectively targeting harmful gut bacteria, making it a potent and effective tool to re-balance gut flora
  • Bacillus indicus produces key nutrients in the gut, including vitamins, enzymes and antioxidant carotenoids.

As you can see, Bacillus probiotics are in a class by themselves. They have a long history of use and are well tolerated. They can even be taken at the same time as antibiotics.

Some people report mild constipation, loose stools or gut discomfort, especially when they first start this true probiotic. Some people find the best way to use Bacillus probiotics is to start slowly, gradually working up to the full recommended amount over a week or two. As always, be sure to consult with a doctor experienced with the use of probiotics before use or if you have any questions.

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A Powerful Yeast Probiotic for Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea

Negative symptoms

Sac. boulardii can help relieve antibiotic-associated diarrhea caused by C. diff.

The beneficial yeast species Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii or Sac. b.) is a beneficial strain of yeast that was originally isolated from mangosteen and lychee fruit, two different superfoods. There is quite a bit of evidence showing that this friendly probiotic yeast helps prevent C. difficile infections. Sac. b. is especially useful for acute diarrhea support in both children and adults.

S. boulardii is helpful in both the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and colitis.

Sac. b. has unique benefits for C. difficile infections, including the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD). Since Sac. boulardii is a hardy yeast and not a bacteria, it is not destroyed by antibiotic drugs like most other probiotics.

Sac. boulardii can help relieve diarrhea caused by C. diff. or antibiotic use.

S. boulardii Targeted C. diff Benefits:

  • Supportive of a healthy microbiome during or after antibiotic use.
  • Supportive of C. difficile bowel disorders in adults and children.
  • Several clinical studies show that S. boulardii is helpful for support with gut disorders, especially antibiotic-associated diarrhea and C. difficile associated diarrhea6.
  • S. boulardii secretes an enzyme that digests C. diff. toxin A and helps prevent the formation of C. diff. toxin B7.
  • Also supportive in children with autism.

There are several probiotics on the market containing S. boulardii either by itself or as part of a multi-strain formula. Many holistic doctors prefer to combine S. boulardii with other species rather than take it by itself. This type of probiotic is meant for short-term use only. It may not be appropriate in some circumstances so check out the precautions below.

Probiotic Precautions

Probiotics are generally safe for adults and children and are very well tolerated by most people. But starting slowly may be needed for especially potent strains, of if you are sensitive to supplement or diet changes. Because probiotics are live organisms that may stimulate your immune system. So if you are severely immune-compromised, you should discuss probiotic use with a holistic or natural doctor before taking probiotic supplements.

If you start taking a new probiotic and experience any discomfort reactions such as gas, cramping, bloating or you just don’t feel well, simply reduce the amount you are taking. Once the symptoms subside you should be able to increase again. Discomfort is typically the result of disease-causing bacteria in your digestive system dying off as a result of taking the probiotic.

If you have allergies to yeast or if you’re dealing with a yeast infection, then choose a non-yeast probiotic. Yeast probiotics may not be advised by your doctor if you have an indwelling vascular catheter, a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line) or a central venous catheters (CVC). There have been reports of Sac b. possibly causing a blood infection through central venous catheters, likely caused by contaminated hospital staff hands 8. Be sure to consult with a Naturopathic doctor or a mainstream Medical doctor experienced with the use of probiotics if you have any questions.

It’s Time to Get Your Life Back

We’re here to help. If you are new to C. difficile or inexperienced with natural medicine, then you probably feel a bit overwhelmed right now. But have hope. We are here to help and support you with our detailed guidance resources and high quality products.

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For the full road-map to recovery, check out my book C. Difficile Treatments & Remedies. It has a detailed chapter all about probiotics, along with my 3 step action plan for overcoming C. difficile.

 

References

  1. Commissioned gastric model study by Silliker Food Science Center – Crete, IL
  2. Bacillus Coagulans GBI-30 (BC30) improves indices of Clostridium difficile-Induced colitis in mice. Fitzpatrick L, Small J, Greene W, Karpa K, Keller D. Gut Pathog. 2011; 3: 16.
  3. Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 limits the recurrence of Clostridium difficile-Induced colitis following vancomycin withdrawal in mice. Fitzpatrick L, Small J, Greene W, Karpa K, Farmer S, Keller D. Gut Pathog. 2012; 4: 13.
  4. Probiotics for Prevention of Clostridium difficile Infection. Mills J, Rao K, Young V. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2018 Jan; 34(1): 3–10.
  5. Secreted Compounds of the Probiotic Bacillus clausii Strain O/C Inhibit the Cytotoxic Effects Induced by Clostridium difficile and Bacillus cereus Toxins. Ripert G. et al. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2016 Jun; 60(6):
    3445–3454.
  6. Role of probiotics in antibiotic-associated diarrhea, Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, and recurrent Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. Surawicz CM, July 2018, J Clin Gastroenterol. 42 (Suppl 2): S64–70
  7. Saccharomyces boulardii protease inhibits Clostridium difficile toxin A effects in the rat ileum. Castagliuolo et al. Infect Immun. 1996 Dec;64(12):5225-32
  8. Catheter-related Saccharomyces cerevisiae Fungemia Following Saccharomyces boulardii Probiotic Treatment: In a child in intensive care unit and review of the literature. Serkan Atıcı Ahmet Soysal. Med mycol Case Rep. 2017 Mar; 15: 33–35. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5333505/

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