Prevention is better than cure. Another way of saying that is: “keep healthy and never get sick”. It is said that people will die from a lack of knowledge of health. But when you are exposed to the knowledge of how to keep healthy and discern the health truths from the lies, you need to then, action it in your own life. Knowledge does not keep you healthy – only action does.
A live Probiotic is essential for maintaining Health, but which one?
So many antibiotics, medications, drinks and foods kill the essential microbes in our stomach and need to be replaced on a regular basis. S.A.M in Sambiotica™ (Syntrophic Antioxidative Microbes) is a naturally fermented, live, liquid probiotic which is now being made in South Africa for local distribution. It is made in many countries world-wide. It is made from “effective and beneficial microorganisms”, using a technology developed in the early 1980’s in Japan.
Sambiotica is a unique, all natural, probiotic health tonic that utilizes the benefits of eastern culture – effective microorganisms, and now with the healing power of western culture – herbs. The existence and availability of probiotics in the South African market notwithstanding, S.A.M is a new generation of bacterial technology with potential benefits far beyond those of contemporary probiotic products.
S.A.M Technology has three major advantages over, not only other probiotics, but other health products in general:
- A.M. is the only bacterial technology on the planet with which the products are naturally fermented and contain multiple classes of microorganisms, those being Lactic Acid Bacteria, Beneficial Yeasts and Phototropic Bacteria. Almost every other probiotic in existence contains strains of only one class – that being Lactic Acid Bacteria. Using multiple types of microbes is the only truly effective means by which healthy bacteria can properly establish themselves in the human body. The beneficial effects are quite easily observed by consumers.
- A.M. is the first herbal probiotic available, combining the immense health benefits of natural herbs with the powerful effects of beneficial bacteria.
- A.M. technology allows for the brewing of a variety of microbial products for multiple target markets. This will, for the first time anywhere on the planet, allow probiotic products to cater to markets across a broad spectrum of needs i.e. human and animal health, agriculture and as a lifestyle choice.
Microbiology and the utilization of beneficial microorganisms to resolve human illness is a science still in its infancy. Probiotic technology in the mass consumer market has, prior to S.A.M, extended only so far as to boost populations of Lactic Acid Bacteria in the human gut. Whilst this bacterium is responsible for many functions within the body, it is only one class of many natural microbes that are necessary to establish a viable and effective population in the body – natural microbes which, due to the prolific use of antibiotics, chemicals and hormones in agriculture and livestock farming, are no longer available in our foods and water. And when one considers the vital importance of these microbes (such as natural yeasts and phototropic bacteria, which form an intricate part of the growth, health and survival of almost every life form on earth) the increase and proliferation of life threatening diseases in current society can easily be understood.
One of the key aspects of Sambiotica™ in its role in the human body, is the assimilation of nutrition and processing of metabolites vital to survival and health. For this reason, the effects of Sambiotica™ are very often miraculous when dealing with consumers who live most of their lives with nutritional deficiencies, not to mention the number of problems that people in society are susceptible to: indigestion, cholera, IBS, TB, hypertension, acne, fungal growths, pneumonia, bronchitis, laryngitis, strep throat to name just a few.
S.A.M technology, using different combinations of herbs and juices in the fermentation of the product, means that people with multiple types of health challenges will benefit.
- It is first and foremost a general nutritional supplement – essential daily herbal probiotic.
- Natural Energy Supplement.
- Natural Electrolyte replacement.
- Immune Booster
- Digestive aid.
Works for many ailments including, but certainly not limited to:
- Stomach/gut health.
- IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) treatment and prevention.
- Diarrhoeal treatment or prevention.
- Fungal infection treatment.
Sambiotica has the potential to have a massive impact on people in South Africa, as it is the only naturally fermented, multi class, herbal probiotic product in our country.
Bacteria and Human Health
It is a fact, that the role and importance of bacteria in human health, has been grossly underestimated and generally misunderstood by members of the public, as well as many in the medical fraternity. This brief overview will help to provide a vital understanding of bacteria in its relationship to the human body, and how the handling of bacteria alone opens the door to a new era in human health.
The gastro-intestinal tract’s healthy function relies on the presence of beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria aid in digestion, correct pH balance, breakdown of foods and prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria. A different cross section of beneficial bacteria types exists in different parts of the small and large intestine. They act to consume much of the simple carbohydrate food sources available in the intestinal tract so that bad bacteria and organisms are deprived of food and cannot reproduce.
The bacteria in your bowels outnumber the cells in your body by a factor of 10 to one. This gut flora has incredible power over the immune system, meaning that the health of the body is largely tied into the health of the gut. This becomes understandable when one looks at the fact that there are over 100 trillion bacteria – about 2 kilograms worth – that line the intestinal tract. This is an extremely complex living system that aggressively protects the body from outside offenders.
Microbial Building Blocks for Life
Beneficial bacteria (as well as pathogens) are almost completely killed off with the use of antibiotics, which many GPs tend to give out like candy to patients who come with any kind of bacterial or even viral illness. Repeated use of antibiotics can virtually eradicate the good bacteria in the gut, which must build up from scratch again each time a course of antibiotics is taken, allowing bad bacteria and harmful yeasts to take a foot hold in the GI tract and multiply at a high rate. This is exacerbated by poor modern diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates. In addition, there is considerable evidence to suggest that eating antibiotics-fed animal meat can kill off good bacteria in the GI tract and therefore encourage harmful micro-organism overgrowth.
Most non-organic meat derives from antibiotics fed animals. Pathogenic bacteria, Candida and parasites thrive and grow in number because modern eating habits, mainly a high sugar intake, a high pasteurised dairy intake (many vegetarians), a high wheat (bread) intake and high alcohol intake. Diets high in such foods tend to provide an ideal environment for harmful organisms in the intestinal tract, which multiply in alarming numbers. All the foreign organism problems have a major impact on the digestive system and overall health of animals and people.
They put a constant strain on the immune system and excrete a variety of toxins straight into the blood and digestive system (including Hydrogen Sulphide), often spread throughout the entire body, and may well contribute to early aging. Poor digestion also leads to poor nutrient uptake and vitamin and mineral deficiencies that, over years, can build up and massively impact the bio-chemical balance of the body and the efficiency of the basic processes therein, such as the neurotransmitters, hormones and energy production.
Harmful organisms are known to contribute to conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Irritable Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease). These conditions are likely to be partly the result of inflammation because overgrowth of harmful organisms and the presence of large amounts of toxins in the GI tract.
Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) is an endogenous (growing within the organism and not having any external cause) toxin produced in the body by the action of bad bacteria and fungi (such as Candida Albicans) fermenting sugar in the gastrointestinal tract. Elevated levels of H2S in the blood and tissues can result in mitochondrial dysfunction.
Beneficial bacteria (S.A.M) helps to consume available food sources in the intestine and thus deprive harmful bacteria (and yeasts and parasites to an extent) of their normal food sources. Approximately 70% of the body’s immune system capability derives from the beneficial bacteria in the GI tract. The average adult body contains approximately 2.5 kg of bacteria, both good and bad. It is estimated that the large intestine (colon) alone should contain approximately 1.5kg of beneficial bacteria.
There are more bacterium cells in the body than the actual body’s own cells. There are approximately 400+ varieties of bacteria in the digestive tract that take many years to build up through a healthy diet. Dr Elie Metchnikoff Ph.D. Nobel laureate, postulated that the ideal ratio of good to bad bacteria should be 80:20, which is often the reverse in many modern Westerners.
Therefore, eradicating all of one’s probiotic bacteria by taking anti-biotics (or to a lesser extent colonic hydrotherapy) and simply taking a probiotic supplement afterwards (containing perhaps 2 or 3 strains of probiotic bacteria) is not really going to build up that same level of diversity of good bacteria as would occur naturally with a good diet.
Lactobacilli and bifido bacteria help to inhibit potential pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli or Clostridium perfringens. They help to prevent diarrhoea caused by rota virus or salmonella. They help to reduce the proliferation of Candida. They assist in increased defecation and help to reduce constipation. They help in digestion in general, by altering the pH (by producing lactic acid) and improving the uptake of minerals, especially calcium. They also help to digest lactose for the lactose intolerant persons. They are also involved in the production of vitamins, for example, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 B12, A, D and K, and essential fatty acids. They assist in protein digestion. They help to clean the digestive tract. They produce natural antibiotics and antifungals such as hydrogen peroxide (not in the ridiculously high quantities that are available with H2O2 supplementation or other oxygenating products).
In 1988, the US surgeon general’s report noted that ‘Normal microbial flora provide a passive echanism to prevent infection.’ They may increase the number of immune system cells in the body. They may even help to protect the body from environmental toxins and reduce waste at the cellular level. They also help to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, and break down and rebuild our body’s hormones.
Sources of high value probiotics include true fermented products, for example, fermented cabbage juice, live kefir or (bio-) live natural yoghurt and some probiotic supplements. As a rule, good fermented foods and drinks are those that are fermented (i.e. acidified with lactic acid) using probiotic bacteria. Good probiotic supplements contain ‘probiotic’ bacteria such as lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium, lactobacillus bulgaricus and streptococcus thermophilus.
The vast majority of active probiotic bacterial cells are destroyed by the stomach before they reach the small and large intestine. Therefore, the exact number taken could in some ways be considered irrelevant or not so critical. The main purpose of taking probiotics is to provide viable cells of good bacteria which can seed or multiply in the small and large intestine. It is not, factually, to physically populate the colon with good bacteria from just the probiotic bacteria that survive and reach the colon. This would be a mammoth task given the small number that actually reach the colon and the several kilos of good bacteria required there. Providing a regular supply of seeding bacteria to the colon, and ensuring optimal conditions (and food) for the good bacteria and adverse conditions (and a lack of food) for the bad bacteria, is the main goal to achieving and maintaining a healthy floral gut balance.
Soil Based Organisms
SBOs are naturally occurring bacterial strains (i.e. micro-organisms) found present in soil that release powerful enzymes that help to kill off yeasts, mould, fungi and parasites. Modern farming methods, including the use of herbicides and pesticides are kill them off. It is believed by some that even organic produce is grown from depleted soil and so are not very rich in SBOs. One strain of SBO, Bacillus subtilis, has been used by Africans for many centuries.