Flourish Liquid Probiotic by Entegro Health
– By Ryan Hommel
People all across the globe have started to take note of just how beneficial supplements can be if they are incorporated into a healthy diet correctly. One of the main supplements that has shown to have a major upside in the health industry, is probiotics. That being said, most people have a better understanding of antibiotics, than they do with its counterpart. While antibiotics help kill harmful bacteria, whether it be in hand soap, or prescribed medicine from the doctor, they don’t do anything to help boost the “friendly” bacteria within our bodies. That’s where probiotics come in and can make a massive positive impact to our physical and mental health. flourish, by entegro LLC, is in a category of its own when it comes to probiotics. Whether it be its all-natural make up, its diverse number of strains and genera, or its unique liquid form to preserve nutrients. Before we get into why flourish has separated itself from the rest of the industry, we need to understand exactly what probiotics do and what they protect us from.
Our digestive tract needs to have a good balance between the good and the bad bacteria in our bodies. Unfortunately, when the bad bacteria outweighs the good, it can cause some negative effects to our health, which the majority of people today tend to experience regularly. This can be due to a number of things including poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, overuse of antibiotics or other drugs, and influences from your environment. Likewise, if your digestive tract is healthy, it is much more capable of flushing the negative toxins, bacteria, chemicals and other waste products that could damage it. Depending on which probiotic you take, the strains and genera of good gut bacteria within the probiotic boost the friendly bacteria in your digestive tract, keeping you balanced and healthy. The other major way probiotics can benefit you, is helping to build and maintain a strong immune system. It is important to note that 80% of the immune system resides in our gut. Without a sufficient immune system, our bodies are much more susceptible to illness, disease, allergic reactions and infections. Anytime our immune system is brought back to that healthy balance of bacteria, we benefit greatly from it and are more likely to prevent any of those ailments.
Next, let’s talk about the difference between flourish and other probiotics that are on the market today. flourish is unique in a few different ways. The first being that the bacteria is never frozen. All probiotics start in a liquid form; this is because they must be in a liquid form to grow. Most other probiotics will then be centrifuged and freeze-dried in order to be capsulized, causing the bacteria’s food source to be depleted and the metabolites diminished. flourish retains the bacteria’s food source and metabolites due to keeping it in a liquid form throughout the entire process. That food source which is referred to as the “broth” or “sauce”, it is arguably just as important to humans as the bacteria itself, which you don’t benefit from if the probiotic is not in a liquid form. Keeping it in a liquid form also ensures that the bacteria stays alive and active through the bottling and shipping stages, all the way through digestion. Capsulized products that freeze-dry the bacteria rely on the bacteria coming back to life once the capsule hits the stomach acid; but the majority of the bacteria does not come back to life, only a small percentage is able to become active again.
flourish has continued to separate itself from other probiotic distributers due to its all-natural ingredients and make up. flourish is intentionally free of: gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, and carrageenan; it is also vegan and non-GMO. Even the non-glyphosated, 100% sugar cane molasses was carefully selected to ensure the bacteria have the highest quality food source possible. The diverse species within flourish were also meticulously selected, including Lactobacillus (multiple species), Bifidobacterium (multiple species), Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus (multiple species), and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. With most probiotics only having strains from one or two genera, flourish has 11 strains of good gut bacteria from five different genera. Due to the probiotic being kept in its natural growth state, it is also kept with its nutrient medium (food source), and its naturally produced organic acids, which helps the bacteria thrive. The probiotic nutrients and the metabolic by-products provide a nutrient rich boost to the unique probiotic strains that were already present in your gut. In addition to probiotics and organic acids, the culture medium provides nutritious vitamins, minerals, enzymes, bioactive peptides, and amino acids. This means the consumer can consume living probiotics and the beneficial metabolites that come along with it.
The side effects of taking flourish are consistent with most other probiotics, in that one may experience mild gas, mild bloating, heightened bowel frequency, change in stool consistency, or temporary diarrhea. All side effects are natural consequences of the good bacteria making themselves at home and restoring balance to our digestive system. Your diet can also affect how impactful flourish will be. Sugar and simple refined starches promote the bad gut bacteria, making it much harder for the good bacteria to take habitat. For optimized results, you should eat a clean diet and try to replace sugars, simple refined starches and wheat, with vegetables, seeds and fruits. That being said, the results will differ from person to person. Some clients of flourish have seen immediate results within a few days, while others didn’t start seeing results for a few weeks. This can depend on how healthy your gut is when starting, antibiotic use, and your nutritional habits.
Dr. Jerod Work, entegro’s Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, is a tremendous advocate of supplementation, for various reasons, but one main reason being the need for supplementation due to bad eating habits. Dr. Work said, “Americans just don’t eat the same as they used to. Many eat large amounts of processed and non-natural foods, making supplementation crucial to get those important nutrients that people are not getting through their diet alone.” Work went on to say that, “Even the soil has changed. Some food experts say that you would have to eat nine times the amount of broccoli today than you would have 50 years ago, just to obtain the same amount of nutrients.” Dr. Work and his team have committed themselves to creating a product that could help restore the nutrients that Americans aren't obtaining through their diets anymore, with a goal of improving your mental and physical health. If you want to learn more about flourish, by entegro, visit their website, entegrohealth.com.