Balancing Immunity Through The Gut Microbiome
Taking care of yourself is incredibly important. It includes eating clean, exercising, and ensuring that you are getting enough vitamins and supplements in your diet. Vitamins and supplements are essential in strengthening your immune system against the fight in unwanted bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Some supplements, like probiotics, may provide the extra boost that your immune system needs.
How can a probiotic balance the immune system?
Believe it or not, about 70% of the immune system is located in the gut microbiome.1 The gut microbiome is filled with microbes (also known as gut flora). Within your gut microbiome, there’s a balance of “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria. When an imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria occurs, it starts to affect the immune system. A surplus of “bad” bacteria may lead to an increased risk of inflammation.2
Taking a probiotic daily may help increase the amount of “good” bacteria in the gut. Having enough “good” bacteria in your gut actually helps influence whether the immune system is activated or not.3 Certain strains of probiotic bacteria have been proven to have a large influence on the gut immune system.3 Kibow Flora™ is an all-natural probiotic dietary supplement formulated with 6 different strains of probiotic bacteria. Each strain has been studied and found to have unique wellness properties. One of them is a way to help balance immunity.*
How can Kibow Flora™ balance immunity?
The highly documented and well-studied strains in Kibow Flora™ have the ability to modulate the immune system through their unique properties. The strains that have an influence on the gut immune system include:
- Lactobacillus paracasei (KB-9): Lactobacillus paracasei is naturally found in human and animal gut flora. It’s claim to fame is its ability to modulate the immune system. An article written in Microbiology and Immunology showed L. paracasei was the most potent protective probiotic bacteria against Listeria bacteria (a type of “bad” bacteria known to cause Listeriosis).4,5
- Lactobacillus plantarum (KB-71): Lactobacillus plantarum is often found in naturally fermented foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut.6 L. plantarum has been shown to shift the immune system and ward off tumors, viruses, and the anti-allergy response, which leads to an improved immune system.7,8
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus (KB-66): Lactobacillus rhamnosus is mostly known for its ability to help treat bacterial infections, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV) in women.9 L. rhamnosus has also been studied for its ability to naturally balance immunity.7
- Lactobacillus acidophilus (KB-27): Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the most highly studied strains of probiotic bacteria. L. acidophilus has shown an ability to stimulate the immune system while suppressing tumorous cancer growth.10 This specific strain has also been proven to increase “good” gut bacteria growth.11
- Bifidobacterium lactis (KB-63): Bifidobacterium lactis’s main health benefit is the ability to balance the immune system. B. lactis has shown to enhance immunity after taking it consistently.12,13
- Streptococcus thermophilus (KB-19): Streptococcus thermophilus, the 6th and final strain in Kibow Flora™, has other unique properties. S. thermophilus is also known to have powerful antioxidant activity, protecting the body from dangerous free radicals which increase in the body due to aging, stress, sugar, antibiotics and other chemicals and toxins.14
Besides balancing immunity, what’s the difference between Kibow Flora™ and the other probiotics on the market?
Kibow Flora™ is comprised of 30 Billion Colony Forming Units (CFUs) per acid-resistant capsule. These acid-resistant capsules ensure that the “good” bacteria will reach the gut safely where they need to work. Some of the other health benefits of Kibow Flora™ include aiding against antibiotic-associated diarrhea, increasing daily gut flora, reducing symptoms of allergies, and more.* To read more about the health benefits of Kibow Flora™, click here.
Remember, the longest relationship you will ever have in your life is with yourself and your body!
Always consult with your healthcare practitioner to see if Kibow Flora™ is safe for you.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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2. staff, S. X. (2018, March 29). Why gut bacteria are essential for a healthy immune system. Retrieved from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-03-gut-bacteria-essential-healthy-immune.html
3. Vieira, A. T., Teixeira, M. M., & Martins, F. S. (2013, December 12). The role of probiotics and prebiotics in inducing gut immunity. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3859913/
4. J Biomed Biotechnol. 2004;2004(1):61-69. Microencapsulated Genetically Engineered Lactobacillus plantarum 80 (pCBH1) for Bile Acid Deconjugation and Its Implication in lowering cholesterol. Jones ML, Chen H, Ouyang W, Metz T, Prakash S.
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9. Rossi, A., Rossi, T., Bertini, M., & Caccia, G. (2010, June). The use of Lactobacillus rhamnosus in the therapy of bacterial vaginosis. Evaluation of clinical efficacy in a population of 40 women treated for 24 months. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20012637
10. Nutr Cancer. 1997;28(2):130-4. Nonlipopolysaccharide component(s) of Lactobacillus acidophilus stimulate(s) the production of interleukin-1 alpha and tumor necrosis factor-alpha by murine macrophages. Rangavajhyala N, Shahani KM, Sridevi G, Srikumaran S. Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 68583, USA.
11. Acidophilus. (2017, October 13). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-acidophilus/art-20361967.
12. Gill, H. S., Rutherfurd, K. J., Prasad, J., & Gopal, P. K. (2000, February). Enhancement of natural and acquired immunity by Lactobacillus rhamnosus (HN001), Lactobacillus acidophilus (HN017) and Bifidobacterium lactis (HN019). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10743496.
13. Damien Paineau, Didier Carcano, Greg Leyer, Sylviane Darquy, Marie-Alexandra Alyanakian, Guy Simoneau, Jean-François Bergmann, Dominique Brassart, Francis Bornet, Arthur C. Ouwehand. Effects of seven potential probiotic strains on specific immune responses in healthy adults: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, Volume 53, Issue 1, June 2008, Pages 107–113
14. G Allam, N., M Ali, E. M., Shabanna, S., & Abd-Elrahman, E. (2018). Protective Efficacy of Streptococcus Thermophilus Against Acute Cadmium Toxicity in Mice. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5985187/.