244: Debunking Probiotic Myths With Just Thrive Founder Tina Anderson

244: Debunking Probiotic Myths With Just Thrive Founder Tina Anderson

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Debunking Probiotic Myths with Just Thrive Founder Tina Anderson

My job is basically a great excuse to sit down and chat with the people who inspire me most! Today is no exception as Tina Anderson, co-founder and CEO of Just Thrive probiotics, joins me on the podcast. We’re gonna jump into a lot of probiotic myths flying around and talk about the science behind this very important aspect of health.

Personal note on Tina: She has a fascinating background as a trial lawyer who then became in-house counsel for a pharmaceutical company. What she saw and learned launched her into a passionate career in the field of natural health.

To share her discovery with the world, she and her husband created a unique supplement that contains superior probiotic strains from renowned researcher Dr. Simon Cutting. I know you guys have been wanting me to talk about about this and I hope today’s episode answers all of your great questions!

Episode Highlights With Just Thrive

  • What glyphosate, antibiotic overuse, and contaminants in our food supply and environment are doing to our gut health
  • Common myths about probiotics and why all probiotic sources are not created equal
  • Why refrigerated probiotics aren’t always better (and could be weaker)
  • The real deal on CFUs and how to know if the strains are actually surviving
  • The clinical trials currently in progress and what they’re revealing about leaky gut
  • The shocking percentage of probiotics that never make it to the intestinal tract (and why Just Thrive does)
  • What the LPS level in your bloodstream means and how it can be used to measure gut health
  • Which probiotics kids and babies can take and recommended dosage
  • Why spore-based probiotics survive the digestive process and get to the gut
  • The surprising nutrient that reduces heart disease risk by 50%, all cause mortality by 25% and statistically increases lifespan by 7 years
  • What gut health has to do with eczema and other skin conditions
  • And more!

Resources We Mention

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  1. Wondering if we are taking probiotics everyday, should we continue to use long-term? Is there a point when your gut is back in balance and the good bacteria have colonized to the point where you shouldn’t need to take them everyday? Can there be too much good bacteria? Or should we consider only taking probiotics after having to be on an antibiotic, for example?

    • I was also wondering this. Thanks for asking.

      • Would love to know this too!

  2. Wondering why I would but this particular k2 supplement over others that are more readily available in my area (canada)?

  3. Great interview! Just wanted to start off with that.
    I felt really good after listening to you both talk and thought, COOL! Finally something that might bring me some relief…but alas, I was disappointed, again! This just happens to be the umpteenth US company that I have looked into buying from in the past year.
    Perhaps you might forward some of these concerns to Tina and her company?
    I am starting to very much dislike these companies, that claim they are soooo good for your health, but then don’t make it as easily accessible to other customers in the same country!
    I live just upstairs from you, but yet, I have to pay for shipping and possibly customs…plus the dollar difference on it all (which I am prepared to do for the actual item) to get the ‘superb quality’ of their product. Some states that qualify for ‘free’ shipping are further away than I am. Should I not have the same opportunity because I live in Canada? I’ve been researching a lot of these companies that say they are the best but I will go broke taking them. I have to pay an arm and a leg to get the same great benefits as my neighbours.
    ($75 CAD (product & shipping only) for a 1 month ‘Auto subscription’). And if I’m not totally satisfied, I also have to pay the return shipping ($15 cad) for an empty bottle?!? That’s not fair either, IMHO. IF they back their product and I use as instructed, I shouldn’t have to return anything! Or at least except an emailed photo (with UPC/ORDER #) of the empty bottle. Come on, seriously ?
    I apologize for my rant, but I really just find this so unfair. There is entirely too many ‘fake’ products out there (as was discreetly addressed) to make a truly wise decision so to have a company promise all this and then make it hard to access really does bum me out!

    • Your concerns aren’t the company’s fault, it’s both a customs issue and a cross boarders economic issue. We often have the same problem in the states when ordering products from Canadian companies…

      • I thank you for your quick reply, however, I don’t quite understand your response.
        I have bought other items directly from US companies (Essential oils, shoes, books, etc) and they covered both the shipping and customs (of course only after spending the minimum amount 😉 Some do this, and some don’t. Forgive me for being naive, but supplements are not medication and they aren’t ‘FDA’ approved or whatever all that is, so it sounds to me like maybe it’s a choice they make?

  4. I’m getting frustrated with this new trend of spore based probiotics being claimed as safe. When the research isn’t even close to proving that taking spores every day, in high dose, is safe. Think about the statements made in this podcast. They are dormant, can survive the digestive process, become active in your gut, can survive boiling temperatures (fever), and what wasn’t mentioned THEY ARE ALL ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT! Two of the strains in the blend are known to cause food poisoning, and any bacteria, even lactobacillus, can cause an infection. So if these bacillus strains start to over grow and cause infection there is no way to combat them. We are not meant to get high doses of spore based bacteria from nature/our environment. So why would you pop a capsule everyday? What this podcast also forgets to mention is that a lot of people who take spores end up with horrendous diarrhea and abdominal pain and discontinue. Be aware of companies who only promote “positive” stories but don’t tell you the negatives.

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