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Author, "Fix Your Gut: The Definitive Guide to Digestive Disorders"
Kitsa Yanniotis, "Kitsa's Kitchen"
Certified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Practitioner and Body Ecologist
Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, Functional Nutrition Alliance
Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner
Nutrition Practitioner specializing in women's health and neurobiology, Renewing all Things
B. infantis is a folate-producing beneficial bacteria, primarily found in the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy infants (and human mouths). It seems to play a critical role in establishing a healthy intestinal lining and a robust and well-regulated immune system.* Research has also linked B. infantis to helping mitigate inflammation in the digestive system and throughout the body, stating that it may reduce the production of inflammatory cytokines.* Research suggests B. infantis regulates the production of tryptophan, which is the precursor for serotonin (the neurotransmitter associated with a sense of satisfaction and happiness).* A note on folate: it's one of the B vitamins responsible for tissue growth and cell function.
L. plantarum is a plant-based, beneficial probiotic strain naturally found in fermented foods like sauerkraut. Several clinical trials have shown that L. plantarum helps support comfortable digestion, helping to minimize gas and bloating.* One of the most common probiotics, L. plantarum seems to support immune system health.* Not only does L. plantarum stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines like IL-10, it also seems to stimulate the production of regulatory T-cells.* And, preliminary studies indicate that L. plantarum may help strengthen memory, concentration and mood.*
Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria that typically live in the human intestines and stomach, that help to perform essential functions like digestion and the maintenance of beneficial bacteria. One study suggests that B. bifidum may support immunity by staving off colds and touches of the flu in the winter months. Another clinical study indicates B. bifidum may help with abdominal discomfort caused by gas and bloating.* And yet another study states that B. bifidum can help with occasional diarrhea.* Clinical research suggests that B. bifidum can help maintain comfortable joint movement by helping manage inflammation.* There's also a correlation to improved mental health (boosting mood and easing anxiety), as bifidobacterium is classified as a "psychobiotic", which affects central nervous system-related functions and behaviors mediated by the gut-brain-axis.
One of the first bacteria to colonize our bodies at birth, B. longum has been associated with helping to digest milk and other challenging foods, as it produces lactic acid from the fermentation of sugar in the gut.* Research suggests that B. longum may support immunity and growth in children.* It's also linked to helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.* And it's been studied to help alleviate stress.
L. gasseri is naturally found in the human digestive and urinary tracts. It's been shown in clinical trials to help people lose weight.* Preliminary research indicates that L. gasseri may inhibit inflammation signaling at the genetic level.* L. gasseri may also support healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.*
L. salivarius is one of the most prevalent probiotic species in human saliva. It produces organic acids, such as lactic acid and acetic acid from carbohydrates. L. salivarius seems to help keep the microbial population in the mouth healthy.* Also, several clinical trials indicate that L. salivarius seems to help support the immune system and, as a result, support healthy skin.* Importantly, researchers state that it may keep the vagina healthy and comfortable by promoting a healthy pH balance.*
B. breve is one of the most helpful probiotic bacteria in the human body due to its unique ability to compete with harmful bacteria by digesting a large variety of molecules. It's also prevalent in the colons of breastfed babies. B. breve is linked to helping with occasional constipation in children.* And when combined with a gluten-free (real food) diet, B. breve promotes microbial balance in the digestive tracts of children.* B. breve seems to play a role in helping to establish a healthy microbiome, based on trials involving preterm babies. And, clinical research suggests it may be useful in recolonizing the guts of children who have undergone chemotherapy.*
A transient probiotic bacteria that inhabit the human intestines and the colon, B. lactis breaks down body waste and aids in the absorption of various vitamins and minerals. One study showed that B. lactis helped preterm babies gain weight after taking antibiotics, and helped develop their immune systems.* Beyond the babies, extensive research has shown that B. lactis is useful when it comes to abdominal comfort and proper digestion, helping to get the colon in shape and making constipation a thing of the past.* Notably, preliminary lab research indicates B. lactis shows exciting potential in neutralizing certain toxins from wheat.*
I have had some digestive issues in the past with leaky gut and candida yeast. I still suffer sometimes when my diet gets out of control. This probiotic more than any other gets my digestive system back right every time. It’s definitely powerful and I recommend it.
What a beautiful review!! Our Smidge Sensitive Probiotic is formulated to be pure, potent and very therapeutic. And we’ve eliminated the ingredients and strains found in other probiotics that can cause negative reactions! We are so happy to hear this is benefiting you and your gut health!
Love this probiotic! Been using it for over 3 years. I definitely notice if I forget to take it. A bottle last me about 9 months so it’s also very cost effective. At one point I thought I was developing a dairy intolerance, but since I have been taking smidge all of those issues have disappeared!
What an outstanding review!! We are so happy to hear you're seeing success! Thank you for sharing this great review with us and for your support of Smidge!
Good for sensitive systems
Smidge has been easy to use (I put in veggie capsules) and my system does not react to it. A positive experience
Thank you for your 5-star rating on Smidge Sensitive Probiotic. Even if you do not add it to a capsule, we feel you would love it just as much. Our powdered probiotics only contain bacteria strains and nothing else. We hope you are doing well and love that you are having a positive experience with Smidge Sensitive Probiotic Powder.
I am happy with the product and it comes highly recommended but it was shipped without an ice pack, so I am not sure how viable it is.
Thank you for this 5 star review!! Smidge probiotics are freeze-dried and hold up well in warm temperatures. Ice packs are not needed for shipping during the summer heat. Freeze-dried organisms behave very differently than "live cultures" and are in a state of suspended animation. The microorganisms are inactive until they come in contact with moisture. The freeze-dried organisms are sealed in a non-permeable bottle to protect against moisture during shipping and extended use and storage. Please keep the moisture pack inside for the best results. During the expedited shipping of our Probiotics, testing on the products has shown no decline in activity even after the product arrived warm and sometimes hot. Make sure to store your bottle in the refrigerator right away when it is received. Our number one goal is that your product arrives potent and viable. We want you to have the very best experience possible! We hope this Probiotic helps and you start seeing the awesome benefits it has to offer! Take care! :)
I have been trying to give this a good chance to work for a month. It has not helped me at all, in fact, I've been even taking more than the regular dose and I am still having major issues with constipation. I really don't know what to do because I feel like I now have tried everything.
Hello! Thank you for your honest feedback and review. Smidge probiotics are formulated to be pure, potent and very therapeutic. And we’ve eliminated the ingredients and strains found in other probiotics that can cause negative reactions. Nonetheless, some people may still experience a little discomfort in the initial weeks of starting our probiotics Like with all probiotics, as you rebalance your internal ecosystem, some of the pathogens and undigested foods that are pushed out may not leave gracefully. As these unwanted bacteria “die off,” they can cause mild gas, bloating, brain fog, rash, diarrhea, or constipation. This is a typical response to starting with probiotics. People generally see these die off reactions if they take too large of a serving, they’re not implementing a healthy diet, and/or, they’re taking other medications/supplements/herbs that are difficult to digest. Because we are not doctors and because we do not know anything about your daily routine (diet and other supplements and medications you might be taking) it's difficult to surmise exactly what's causing your issues. We recommend consulting a healthcare practitioner on this (preferably one who is familiar with gut health). Please also keep in mind that with all of our probiotics, it’s important to start slowly, with a low dosage. Our probiotics are pure, potent and have no additives, so you don’t need much! A Smidge is Big! We are happy to answer further questions or concerns at email@example.com. We wish you well! Take care!