VIDEO: Life 9 – Pharmacist Lindsey Elmore

Today we are going to talk about Young Living’s new probiotic supplement, Life 9. Life 9 is a high-potency probiotic. It contains 17 billion live cultures from nine different strains of bacteria.

Life 9 is a supplement that can help to promote healthy digestion, healthy gut function, and helps maintain a normal intestinal function which helps to support a healthy immune system.

Why do I need a probiotic?

The entire gut is populated which thousands, millions, possibly even billions of types of bacteria. these can basically be divided into two categories: good kinds and bad kinds.

The sole purpose of all these bacteria is to aid in the digestion of different foods, ensuring that we can break down our meals into absorbable, dissolvable nutrients. The task seems simple enough, but modern toxins, overly processed food, daily stress and antibiotics can deplete and damage our bacteria.

When we take antibiotics, not only do we deplete our good bacteria, but we give an opportunity for our bad bacteria to grow. If anyone is currently taking antibiotics, they may want to consider taking a probiotic supplement afterward.

Some people say you don’t need probitics everyday. I tend to disagree. I think that probiotics can be a good everyday supplement.

How do probiotics work?

The repopulate the gut with good bacteria, allowing it to optimally perform and restore the digestive system. If your digestive system is out-of-wack, you can have loads of problems that come up. When we put these good bacteria back in, we support, not only good digestion, but also a healthy immune system.

There are nine different bacteria strains in Life 9…

Four different Lactobacillus species:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus salivarius

Four different Lactobacillus species:

  • Bifidobacterium lactis
  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium longum

The good thing about having the wide variety of species is that each help to colonize different areas of the colon. Things like Lactobacillus acidophilus are going to colonize further up in the small intestine, whereas things like Bifidom bacteriums all go down into different parts of the lower intestine.

The last bacteria in Life 9 is Streptococcus thermophilus.

Many people have asked me about Streptococcus thermophilus with kids that have Pandas. Streptococcus thermophilus is a viridans group strep, not a group A strep which is typically the bacteria that is most highly associated with the exacerbation of Pandas. It’s up to you as a parent to decide whether you want to give that to your children or not. However, it is from a totally different bacterial family.

Why did we transition from Life 5 to Life 9?

We new how popular Life 5 was and we wanted to create an even more robust formula that would be stronger.

Life 9 has 17 billion active bacteria from nine different strains.
Life 5 had 10 billion active bacteria from five different strains.

So you get a bit more diverse bacteria and you get a product that is a bit more robust.

It is enclosed in a capsule.

It DOES need to be refrigerated.

For women who are pregnant or nursing, many different organizations support using probiotics throughout pregnancy and nursing, but just be sure that it’s something you discuss with your healthcare professional before you start to use it.

It stands to reason why Life 9 would work to support gastro-intestinal function, but how will this work in connection to immunity? The relationship between probiotics and the immune system is still being researched, however, prior studies have shown that probiotics can increase the production of certain cells within the immune system. It’s not a one-to-one correlation, but it does somehow impact immune cells being developed.

Much of what bacteria does is due to the fact that they make sure the food you eat is broken down into tiny pieces so that micronutirients can be released. When our micronutriennts are released, you get all the building blocks that you need in order to build an optimum immune system. It’s all about fine-tuning.

Frequently Asked Questions

I thought that good probiotics didn’t need to be refrigerated? In my opinion, the BEST probiotics need to be refrigerated. If you’re getting probiotics that aren’t refrigerated, you’re running the rick of the bacteria dying over time, as well as eat any of the food that is in that capsule.

Can Life 9 cause diarrhea? Different people react differently to probiotics. Monitor your digestive system. If you get diarrhea after taking Life 9, back off a few days.

When should you take Life 9? It is recommended you take it every night. Ideally it wouldn’t be taken at the same time as a meal because your gastrointestinal systems tends to be more acidic as you eat.

Is it vegan? My guess is NO. It is encapsulated in an extended-release enteric-coated capsule.to ensure that it makes it down to the lower intestines where you really want it to be. It’s a vegetarian capsule, but I can’t say for sure if the product is vegan. I’ll put up a slide later.

Lindsey Elmore
October 24, 2016

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