One of the greatest revelations of recent times discovered that 90 percent of the cells in human body were not human at all. The vast majority of cells that live on and within the body are actually a teeming universe of diverse microorganisms. We have communities of microbes everywhere. They are living on all our mucous surfaces, on and in the layers of our skin as well as throughout our entire digestive tract.
Upon delving into the world of microorganisms, scientists also discovered that there are many different kinds of microorganisms cohabitating in colonies called biofilms. Some of these colonies are populated with beneficial bacteria while others contain a variety of nasty microbes, including harmful bacteria, yeast and parasites. Of great concern to our health are the biofilm colonies that can contain millions, if not billions, of harmful microbes.
Biofilms create a sticky, mucus-like film called an extracellular polysaccharide substance (EPS). This sticky, slimy film forms microscopic three-dimensional structures that allow these dangerous microorganisms to live in a virtually impenetrable, protected cocoon.
The intestinal tract surface is covered in biofilm colonies. A healthy digestive tract is colonized with beneficial biofilms that produce a thin mucus film which allows the passage of nutrients through the intestinal wall. What makes healthy biofilms so important is the protective anti-inflammatory action they produce. These actions are necessary to insure a healthy gut environment.
However, if the gut has been compromised through antibiotic use, toxic exposure of foods, chemicals or harmful pathogens, a toxic inner eco-system is created harboring harmful bacteria, fungi and parasite biofilm colonies. Antibiotics and antifungals are not only useless against these types of microbes but have been found to make them even more virulent and resistant.
Hiding within biofilms, these harmful microorganisms can elude detection from immune surveillance. The ability to evade the immune system, results in chronic, low-grade inflammation opening the way to further chronic illnesses.
The harmful bacteria and other forms of fungi and parasites that are hidden within biofilms contribute to most intestinal infections. Biofilms compromise our health in many ways. They prevent the full absorption of nutrients across the intestinal wall. They promote persistent inflammation and even sequester toxins including heavy metals. Conditions such as leaky gut syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autism, parasitic infections, Candida overgrowth, small intestinal overgrowth (SIBO), IBS and ulcerative colitis are some of the health problems associated with biofilms.
Breaking through with TruFlora and Theralac
Biofilms pose a serious challenge to the body’s ability to heal. While probiotics are often recommended as part of a protocol for addressing the biofilms, most commercial probiotics have limited effectiveness for a variety of reasons:
- They have weak Colony Forming Units (CFU), cannot survive the journey through the stomach acid and, those that do make it are not adequate to deliver enough CFU to biofilm surfaces.
- They cannot penetrate the strong polysaccharide protection of the biofilms.
- They cannot adhere to and colonize competitively within biofilms.
Fortunately, there are two powerful and effective probiotic formulations that have proven successful in overcoming these shortcomings. TruFlora and Theralac, patented probiotics by Master Supplements have unique formulations and delivery systems that insure success for addressing harmful biofilms:
- They contain complimentary lactic acid-bacteria strains in an acid-proof formulation buffered by a patented alginate-gel that insures viable delivery through the stomach acid.
- A full CFU dose can be successfully delivered onto the biofilm surface – 30 billion CFU for each capsule of Theralac and 15 billion for each capsule of TruFlora.
- The alginate-gel delivery system allows for a viscosity to remain intact so it can reach the colon where the active probiotics can dissolve and penetrate the biofilm surface.
- TruFlora includes two mucus dissolving enzymes, betaglucanase and hemicellulase along with three probiotic Lactobacillus strains that can dissolve the sticky, mucus protection of biofilms.
- Theralac’s three strains of Lactobacillus and the two Bifidobacterium strains are able adhere to human intestinal cells in a biofilm environment. Adherence is necessary to obtain strong colonization within biofilm.
- To overcome the biofilm’s hostile environment, Theralac provides LactoStim, a patented prebiotic stimulation to enhance colonization and potency of the probiotic strains..
The recommended biofilm-busting regime is to take two capsules of TruFlora daily for one week and then rotate to two capsules of Theralac for a week (one week on Truflora and the next week on Theralac, etc., etc.).
TruFlora and Theralac are unique patented probiotics that create a powerful synergistic effect. Together they provide a proven and effective protocol to address the challenges of biofilm-induced gut infections and compromised immunity. Although harmful biofilms may have strong defenses, the dynamic duo of TruFlora and Theralac have what it takes to repress the effects of intestinal infections and help restore a healthy gut environment.
Dr. Sherrill Sellman is a Naturopathic Doctor, best-selling author, radio host, international lecturer and freelance health journalist. www.whatwomenmustknow.com