We cultivate the microorganism, Lactobacillus reuteri, for its oxytocin-boosting age-reversing effects.
But L reuteri also possesses unique and powerful probiotic properties that may help prevent, perhaps even reverse, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, SIBO, that is epidemic in the U.S. and can contribute to causing or worsening irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, rosacea, eczema, and autoimmune diseases.
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You know, in the Undoctored lifestyle, we make the Lactobacillus reuteri yogurt because it provides some fairly powerful health benefits. That’s because it provokes the hypothalamus to release the hormone oxytocin, that in turn, accelerates skin healing, dramatically increases deposition of collagen in the skin (in the dermis) — it smooths the skin, reverses wrinkles. It increases or preserves bone density, increases muscle mass and strength, increases libido — really, age-reversing changes.
But there’s another side to the Lactobacillus reuteri story, and that is the very unique probiotic properties of this organism. Most probiotic organisms, most organisms that we harbor in our gastrointestinal tract, “prefer” to live in the colon. That’s where the majority of bacteria live. As you ascend up into the ileum, jejunum, etc, there’s a dramatic drop-off in bacterial counts. Most bacteria like living in the colon; but not Lactobacillus reuteri. It actually prefers to live in the stomach, duodenum, jejunum, ileum. Counts actually drop off into the colon.
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Well, that’s important, because, Lactobacillus reuteri is well known for producing what’s called bacteriocins, such as reuterin. These are small compounds that have anti-bacterial properties against unhealthy bacterial species, like E-Coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella; the organisms that, if allowed to proliferate, can cause all kinds of diseases — diarrheal diseases, inflammatory diseases, etc. So, Lactobacillus reuteri likes to inhabit the upper GI (gastrointestinal) tract, and produces these bacteriocins, that are effective against the potentially pathogenic (what are called) Enterobacteriaceae.
Lactobacillus reuteri is a very powerful probiotic, in addition to this oxytocin-provoking effect. I think — we don’t have sufficient proof yet — but I believe that Lactobacillus reuteri, and thereby our yogurt, is a way to either help subdue small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and/or prevent recurrences, or prevent it from occuring in the first place, because it inhabits the upper GI tract. Of course, in SIBO, bowel (colon) organisms are ascending. Lactobacillus reuteri kind of pushes them back.
There’s a lot of fascinating aspects to this organism, but the colonization of the upper GI tract, thereby extends protection from SIBO, is another fascinating aspect of this microorganism.