And we owe those bacteria so much, but especially our health and our vitality.
These bacteria live in communities called microbiomes. You’ve probably heard of the microbiome (or even that we have lots of microbiomes, beyond our guts) and probiotics. But what about prebiotics and postbiotics? And what’s a whole biotic?
This is where we come in: we nerd out diving into the research on what makes our microbiome so fantastic at supporting our body’s daily health and function, and then break it all down into bite-sized bits.
So you feel empowered, but not overwhelmed. That’s the sweet spot, right?
The Whole Biotic
The whole biotic recognizes that probiotics are alive! And includes the three key elements of their lives: prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics.
Probiotics are micro-sized, living organisms. And just like us, they have to eat to live. Prebiotics are the food that nourish probiotic life and encourage their communities to grow. We include an organic prebiotic blend in Teem Defense because the probiotics in our formula are alive—these prebiotics keep them going while they’re in our bottles, hanging out until they reach your gut.
Our Organic Prebiotic Blend: Organic agave and organic honey
Those friendly little microorganisms who make up almost as much of your body as human cells, living in communities collectively called the human microbiome. Turns out, they help run the show in a major way—especially when it comes to your immune system.
Beneficial microbes make up at least 70% of your immune system and via a network of two-way communication lines, called axes—like the gut-brain axis and the gut-lung axis—they’re in constant talks not only with your immune cells, but with the rest of your body’s major organs and systems as well.
Probiotics have metabolisms too, only when they *poop* they create beneficial, bioactive byproducts like short-chain fatty acids, antioxidants, and other anti-inflammatory substances. Lucky us. What they produce depends on what they eat and what species they are. Because we bio-ferment our probiotics along with Organic Elderberry, Organic Pomegranate, and Organic Blueberry, they create, unlock and unleash postbiotics including antioxidants, flavanols, and other micronutrients in simple forms to make them easier for your body to absorb.*
Our Organic Postbiotic Antioxidant Blend: Organic elderberry juice concentrate, organic blueberry juice concentrate, organic pomegranate juice concentrate
Keep The Winter Warm
Balance in your microbiome is key (just like the rest of nature): you want more of the good and neutral microbes than the bad guys for your body to thrive.*
A well-balanced immune system is key as well: we want to support an immune system that’s neither over- or under-reactive, and that’s able to respond well to the bacteria and viruses that can make us sick.*
Our digestive system is where our internal body has the most interaction with things from our outside world, so it makes sense that 70% of our immune system is also located in our guts.
Our immune systems are incredibly complex. But one key way they work is by learning to distinguish between substances, bacteria, and viruses that can harm us—and ones that won’t.
Our gut microbes communicate with the various immune cells in our gut, and together they work to not only maintain an environment that’s beneficial to healthy microbes but also maintain a barrier to keep would-be invaders from getting through.
And the postbiotic substances they create as they ferment our food are anti-inflammatory, helping maintain a state of balance throughout the body.
In our bodies and throughout nature, there’s this idea of homeostasis which is a state of balance—like the moments after a good yoga class, when both your mind and body feel attentive yet relaxed.
Our guts and immune system alike are always seeking to be in this balance. An overactive, or over-responsive, immune system is like living in a body that’s always tensed and in fight-mode, while an underactive immune system under-responds—like a goalie who’s napping or making daisy chains.
Our gut microbes interact with our gut immune cells to bolster the kind of response they have to substances and microbes from the outside world.
It seems counterintuitive, but we want to be encountering microbes, foods, and substances so our immune systems can get trained. And sometimes in that learning process, we do get sick.
Getting sick is never fun, but if you’ve ever experienced a cold that lasted for weeks, and then turned into something else, you know there’s a difference between a little sick and really sick.
Because of how your gut microbes interact with your immune system to recognize and respond, they also play a role in your recovery too: how quick and easy it is to return your body to a state of balance, with everything humming along and focused on supporting your ability to thrive.