Interviewer: So, for ones that take the Rebalance formula, how should they take it to get the best effect?
Dr. Stern: The best way to do a probiotic in my opinion is to take it 30 minutes before a meal. Now, I have a two a day formula. I'm a big believer in splitting your doses up so you're getting nourishment in your system at multiple times in a day because everything has a halfway.
We're only able to absorb so much of one thing at a time and so I don't want someone to do two at a time if possible. Yes, if you're a person who just wants to swallow all their pills one time a day and that's it, they're not gonna open the cupboard again, then take two. But, I've designed it to be two capsule formula. One, 30 minutes in the morning before breakfast and then one 30 minutes later in the day before another meal.
They're better on an empty stomach, so it can nourish the system because I also put l-glutamine in there and l-glutamine works much better at repairing intestinal lining when done on an empty stomach.
Interviewer: All right, next question.
Would you recommend suppositories with probiotics in them.?Would you recommend your probiotic to be put into a suppository?
Dr. Stern: It will not hurt you, but it wouldn't be my recommendation, and this is why: because the way that I designed it, the species are meant to help throughout the whole system. So, if you're getting it orally then you're gonna have some of those species going to the upper areas where you need them and the lower areas.
Number two, I put in a prebiotic, which kind of has to be processed orally to have an effect on the bacteria.
Number three, the l-glutamine I have is much better when taken internally or orally. It might be beneficial if taken thorough a suppository. That I don't have the research on so I don't know.
Would it hurt you? No. Could it be beneficial? It will be beneficial for the bacteria that need to be on the lower part of the colon, but it's not gonna have the better benefits on the upper intestines than through the oral part. And I'm not a particularly, 100% sure based on research, whether the glutamine will have a benefit to that mode of entry, but it definitely would not be hurtful though.
Interviewer: So now a follow-up to that is, how can we make sure that the probiotic gets all the way down the digestive system and reaches all the places it needs to reach?
Dr. Stern: The body knows where things need to get to. So, it's been proven that when you take a probiotic, the different species, they live in a certain area. So, I if I take a certain nutrient that supports cartilage health, it's gonna go and my cartilage is going to feel batter. If I take a certain ingredient that supports skin health, that nutrient is gonna go and support my skin. Same thing for the bacteria. When you're taking something, they tend to migrate to the system that they reside in.
Now, the next thing is, well, how do you make sure that they're viable? That they're strong? A prebiotic is critical. That's what they eat - they need something to nourish them. That's why I put a prebiotic in my Rebalance formula. And then you need to have a healthy intestinal tract for them to colonize and connect to and that's why I have l-glutamine in my product to make sure that the intestinal wall is strong and healthy.
So, it's not only "can they get to a certain area?" Can they actually attach to that area and live in that area? You need a healthy intestinal wall and that's where l-glutamine comes in. Pretty great.
Interviewer: For sure.
From how you describe the bacteria to be, they actually sound like humans. Right? In the sense that they only go to the places where they would look like they're supposed to go. Kind of like you come to New York, right? You're Russian. You wind up in like Brighton Beach or if you're Puerto Rican you wind up somewhere ese. Or if you're Jewish, you wind up somewhere else, but in a way it's kind of similar. Like attracts like, right?
Dr. Stern: Yes. We have trillions of bacteria in our body. The bacteria have been around before we've been around. They’re what's called symbiotic to us. Meaning that basically they help us, we help them. Obviously they're not living if they're not in us and we're not living if we don't have them. They support our immune system, they support our neurotransmitters, they support our ability to absorb and make nutrients. We're completely dependent on them for a healthy life.
So are they like people? Maybe but they are...
Interviewer: Or maybe we're like them right? 'cause they came first?
Dr. Stern: Yeah, exactly.
Interviewer: Would you say that we're more of what we believe we are, like this thing? Or we're more like bacteria, that we're not even aware?
Dr. Stern: I truly believe we have no idea how complex we are. I've dissected cadavers where you can look at the anatomy and physiology. If you look at the tendons and ligaments, but as much as we study DNA, as much as we study genetics, as much as we study everything about our system, the more answers we get - the more we get two questions. The complexity of who we are, how we're made, how we're formed.
I'll give you a brief example of the complexity of our system. There was an immunological study done where they were looking at our immune system and why stress affected us and why when you're stressed you get sick more often. We know cortisol decreases your immune system, it decreases your white blood cell production. You know I have an amazing super Adrenal formula that lowers night time cortisol, helps support the immune system. But beyond that, they're just trying to figure out why stress might impair the immune function.
And so what they found was, on these traveling white blood cells, they actually had receptor sites for neurotransmitters, which mean that our nervous system cannot only connect with the nerves where everyone knows a nerve travels and connects right at one synapse, but it actually has the ability to release a neurotransmitter and to float through our system and target our white blood cells as they're traveling through the body.
Dr. Stern: So, these are the things that people don't recognize. That our system is so interconnected, that our thoughts, our feelings, things that we're doing on a daily basis that have in our minds have no connection to something else, can be totally connected.
Interviewer: Wow. That's crazy. So we can either send our white blood cells cortisol or we can send them endorphins.
Dr. Stern: Yes.
Interviewer: Wow, that's crazy.