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What are microbes?
Microbes are single cell living organisms that cannot be seen by the naked eye. They can be divided into six major types: bacteria, archaea, fungi, protozoa, algae, and viruses. Microbes make up an astonishing 70% of all matter and are generally hugely beneficial to life, but some can cause serious harm.
What do microbes do?
Microbes complete the cycle of life through fermentation. They break down dead organisms, animal waste, and plant litter to their basic nutrients. But microbes don’t just eat nature’s waste, they recycle it. The process of fermentation releases enzymes and chemicals – including carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus – that can be used to build new plants and animals.
What are pathogens?
A pathogen is a microbe that can produce disease.
Why do we need beneficial microbes?
Healthy people and healthy environments occur naturally when there is diversity of microbes. Overuse of chemicals and antibiotics has meant that in some environments pathogenic bacteria are dominant. Probiotics boost beneficial microbes and restore balance. Within a human or animal body, they support the immune system and healthy regeneration of cells.
Are microbes safe for kids?
Yes. Microbes are safe for kids. In fact, children with a wide diversity of different microbes are less likely to suffer from allergies and asthma. Our GOO for YOU probiotic liquid drink has been brewed especially to support children to have healthy guts and robust immune systems. All Microbz’ products are safe for children and pets to come into contact with because they are 100% natural.
Are microbes allergy free?
Yes. In fact they can even help alleviate some allergies.
How many strains of microbes are there in your products?
There are 13 families or cultures in our Microbz probiotics; however within these families are thousands of different microbes doing crucial jobs to support health.
Can Bio-Live produce B vitamins?
Bio-live cannot make B vitamins as such, but when combined with a gut friendly diet the microbiome can flourish and then certain microbes will be able to produce Biotin, Folic Acid, B1 and B12.
Is it ok to take a Bio-Live product if I have Candida (Candidiasis)?
Bio-Live does contain yeasts as they are a very important source of beneficial microbes and nutrition to protect the immune system and keep pathogenic organisms such as Candida Albicans in their place. We all have some of the strains of Candida in our gut (there are around 20 different strains) but when we have a healthy gut microbiome, all micro-organisms are in balance with each other.
Our advice on this matter is that if you are currently suffering from an overgrowth of Candida Albicans to avoid sugars and yeasts and not take Bio-Live for the acute period in case it may aggravate symptoms. (Some people are more sensitive to yeasts in general than others). After the condition has been bought into remission (there are various approaches) then Bio-Live is highly recommended to maintain a healthy gut environment along with a healthy plant rich diet.
Sometimes my Bio-Live is fizzy when I open it. Is it still okay to drink it and does it still work?
We hand brew Bio-Live and so each of our brews does have its own personality. This means that different batches may taste different and may, as you say, become a little fizzy. The fizz is the result of the Bio-Live going into what is called secondary fermentation. This means that some fermentation has taken place in the bottle, and the gas that is a by-product of fermentation dissolves back into the liquid causing it to be a little fizzy. Some Bio-Live drinkers are disappointed when their Bio-Live isn’t fizzy!
Secondary fermentation indicates that the bacteria are alive and active so the product certainly does still work and is perfectly safe to drink.
My Bio-Live sometimes has little white bits in it. What are these and is it still okay to take it?
The white bits you have seen in your Bio-Live are quite common. Some of the bacteria in Bio-Live are anaerobic – this means they normally live in an oxygen free environment. When the liquid is exposed to the air, during the bottling process and obviously when you open it, these bacteria act to create the right environment for themselves – ie they try to “protect” themselves from the air by forming a skin of sorts.
The sediment is evidence that the bacteria are alive and active. It is perfectly safe to drink the product, white sediment and all, and the sediment will not affect its effectiveness.
It says it doesn't have sugars, but the labels mention molasses, malt or agave. How come?
The high quality sugar is food for the microbes, and all are used up in the fermentation process. We regularly test the finished brews for sugar (amongst other things) and the result always comes back as sugar-free.
How do the microbes in Bio-Live survive the stomach acid?
Bio-Live probiotics brewed to a Ph (acidity) of 3.2 which is the same as stomach acid, so they are not affected in fact they naturally survive.
Do I take a break from taking Bio-Live?
Bio-Live is a living liquid food supplement designed to support overall health and well-being and boost your immune system. Of course there would be no harm in taking a break from Bio-Live but for optimum results, and to obtain the best microbiome, we would highly recommend taking it every day as a part of your daily routine.
Why choose Bio-Live?
Bio-Live is a living liquid food supplement containing 14 different strains of friendly bacteria which are known to support and protect the gut. When bacteria are consumed in a liquid they get delivered straight to the lower intestine. Unlike freeze dried capsules Bio-Live is already at the right Ph level enabling the bacteria to survive the acid environment of the stomach, ensuring that most of these friendly microbes reach the lower intestine alive and ready to work.
What strains of bacteria are contained in Bio-Live?
Bio-Live is made with 14 strains of carefully selected probiotic bacteria: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactoccus lactis, Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Streptococcus thermophilus, Comobcillus. The Bio-Live culture is brewed slowly in small batches with super juices, herbs and minerals to make this a unique fermented food supplement.
How many bacteria are there in Bio-Live?
Bio-Live is regularly tested by ALS Food and Pharmaceutical, an independently certified laboratory to prove that each cfu/g (colony-forming units per “g” meaning grams) contains at least 500 million living bacteria per 1ml. That means a 20ml shot of Bio-Live contains over 5 billion viable bacteria right up to the use by date on the label.
What is the difference between Bio-Live and freeze dried capsules?
Bio-Live is a living culture that contains 14 strains and billions of active bacteria. It is fermented to a Ph level of 3.6, and this means that the unopened bottle will stay fresh and viable right up to the use by date without refrigeration. Bio-Live contains 5 different super juices, plus a variety of minerals and herbs which provide food for the microbes, ensuring they have enough to stay active, fresh and ready to use.
What are the other ingredients in Bio-Live?
Including 14 strains of bacteria, water, molasses or malt, Bio-Live contains 50+ other ingredients selected especially to boost the fermentation process and act as food for the microbes. Juices: Acai berry juice, Cherry juice, Goji berry juice, Noni berry juice, Pomegranate Juice, Lemon Juice, Apple cider vinegar, Sea water concentrate, Volcamin Forte. Herbs: Blueberry, Cats claw, Camu Camu, Chaga Mushrooms, Chia seed, Chlorella, Clove buds, Dandelion root, Fresh Ginger, Hawthorn berries, Kelp, Maca, Moringa, Nettle, Olive leaf, Rhubarb root, Shiitaki mushrooms, Spirulina, Turmeric, Valerian root, Yarrow. Minerals: Boron, Calcium, Chromium, Green clay, Himalayan rock salt, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Molybdeum, MSM, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc.
Why is Bio-Live fermented with juices, herbs and minerals?
Just as cabbage through lactose fermentation becomes a more nutritious food when it is turned into sauerkraut, the microbes in Bio-Live also ferment and boost the juices, herbs and minerals. They pre-digest the ingredients into bio available compounds that are easily absorbed into the body. Bio-Live is not just a powerful multi-strain probiotic, it is also a rich source of micro-nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.
What is the difference between Bio-Live Dark and Gold?
Bio-Live Dark is gluten free and made with molasses which is packed with sugars and minerals, giving it a dark colour and a strong taste. Bio-Live Gold is made with malt extract, mainly sugars, giving it a gold colour and lighter flavour. All the other ingredients are exactly the same. The sugars contained in the molasses and malt are food for the microbes and are used up in the fermentation process.
Watch Jeff’s video on the difference between Bio-Live Gold and Dark here.
What quality control do you have in place when you make Bio-Live
At Bio-Live we pride ourselves on offering a high quality product every time. The production process is run to full food standards certification and Bio-Live is regularly tested by ALS Food and Pharmaceutical, an independently certified laboratory, to ensure that every batch reaches the stated quality and purity. On top of this, our products are constantly under scrutiny within our Research & Development Programme.
What are the health claims for Bio-Live
Current legislation means that probiotic supplements are categorised as a food so no specific health claims can be made for Bio-Live. However many people including dieticians, nutritionists, doctors and scientists believe that taking supplements which contain live bacteria commonly known as probiotics can maintain balance in the gut.
Do probiotics work for everyone?
The bacterial balance in the gut is complex and not all of the causes of imbalance are fully understood. Taking probiotics can be highly effective, especially if you are also managing your diet and lifestyle. A good quality probiotic can have positive effects on the vast majority of people but do not necessarily work the same way for everyone. It may take a few weeks for you to start to feel the benefits but it is important that anyone taking Bio-Live for the first time uses it for at least three months to give it the best opportunity to work.
Does Bio-Live have any downsides?
Occasionally customers have reported a loosening of stools or some gas and discomfort during the first few days of taking Bio-Live. This is quite normal because it means the bacteria are busy working to balance your digestive system. If the discomfort persists or becomes too uncomfortable reduce the dosage or discontinue use.
What else can I do to improve the success of taking Bio-Live?
With a bit of time and dedication put towards improving your gut health you will feel great and see results in all aspects of your health.
If you have not done so already its worthwhile improving your diet by removing gluten, refined sugars, seed oils and trans fats. Replace inflammatory foods with healing foods, like fermented vegetables (i.e sauerkraut, kimchi), eat lots of leafy greens and add pre-biotics to your diet. Treat any intestinal pathogens (such as parasites) that may be present and take steps to manage stress, maybe try yoga or meditation.
When is the best time to take Bio-Live?
We recommend taking Bio-Live on an empty stomach, in the morning and before breakfast. This gives the microbes the best chance of surviving the stomach acid. Bio-Live is concentrated and strong so even though some microbes may not make it, the majority survive and get where they need to go.
Is daily consumption necessary?
Yes, it is thought that taking a regular daily dose of liquid probiotic over time will produce the best results.
How long do I need to take Bio-Live?
Although many consumers will notice results in the first month it does take at least three months, and up to two years, to rebalance and stabilise a healthy system. After three months it is recommended that we establish a maintenance dose of probiotics to keep our gut in top condition.
Can I take Bio-Live during and following antibiotic treatment?
Yes, it is very helpful to take probiotics during and after any antibiotic treatment to help restore and maintain a healthy balance in the gut. Whilst antibiotics usually help to get on top of illness, they can also destroy the ‘beneficial’ bacteria in the gut as they are not discriminating. However it is recommended that you take Bio-Live at a different time to your antibiotics if possible – remember that ideally you should take Bio-Live 10 minutes before eating or drinking to allow it to pass through the stomach to get to where it needs to.
Is Bio-Live suitable for vegans?
Yes, there are no animal derived products used in the culturing or production of Bio-Live.
We have recently been certified safe for vegetarians and vegans by the vegetarian society.
Can people with allergies take Bio-Live?
Bio-Live does not contain any dairy, nuts, soy or egg derivatives and we do not process these materials in our brewery. However, customers should be encouraged to contact their doctor before using our product if they have any concern about allergies.
Can I take Bio-Live if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
We have never received any reports of serious effects from taking Bio-Live. However, with specific conditions (e.g. pregnancy and breastfeeding), we recommend consulting a doctor before use. There is lots of research suggesting that pregnant and breastfeeding mums and their babes benefit by boosting their microbes. Microbes play a part in every function, from boosting digestion, metabolising food, preventing allergies, eczema and hay fever as well as producing neurotransmitters that affect brain development. Probiotics are one of many ways to build a diverse strong microbiome.
We also make GOO for YOU for children which has been specifically brewed to benefit those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. GOO for YOU contains strains of friendly microbes which have been shown to pass from mother to child in natural childbirth and breastfeeding.
Can I take Bio-Live and drink alcohol?
Alcohol can have a negative effect on your gut bacteria, and equally with the bacteria in Bio-Live. We recommend alcohol is avoided for a few hours before and after taking Bio-Live.
Can I still take my other supplements?
How do I store Bio-Live?
For the microbes to perform at their best Bio-Live should be consumed while at room temperature. For that reason we recommend not storing it in the refrigerator; keep Bio-Live in a temperate environment out of direct sunlight.
Watch Jeff’s video on keeping your microbes here.
What's the shelf life for Bio-Live?
For an unopened bottle of Bio-Live, see the sell by date on the bottle. Once opened use within two months. This is because every time you open the top new microbes from the air will naturally enter the bottle. Did you know that every time you breathe, you inhale millions of microbes?!
Is it normal for pressure to build in the Bio-Live bottle?
Yes, the bottle may expand when stored in warmer than room temperature environments. This liquid probiotic contains live bacteria that have been involved in a fermentation process and slightly higher temperatures may cause the bottle to expand. You may hear a light fizz when opening. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight.
What about those probiotic drinks in the supermarket, or live yoghurt - don't they simply do the same job?
The probiotic drinks and live yogurts in the shops contain microbes but generally only from one or two families such as lactobacillus and streptococcus. They may also contain sugar and preservatives. Of course, they are better than fizzy drinks or processed food, but it will take a long time and a lot of them to benefit your digestive system. Bio-Live contains a wide range of microbes from 14 main families of bacteria, and within that there are many subcultures so it is a more complex and wide-ranging mix. It is fermented and alive, and all this makes it much more effective.
Why do natural shampoos create less foam?
bioemsan shampoos create less foam than conventional shampoos, while having the same effect because it doesn’t contain the ingredient sodium laurel sulphate.
Whilst it has not been scientifically proven, sodium laurel sulphate has been linked to irritation of the scalp, gums and skin and higher concentrations were responsible for severe irritation and even corrosion of the skin.
You can find more information on this here.
What are natural tensides and what are they good for?
Tensides are detergent substances that we use in our shampoos, shower gels and toothpastes. We use two herbal tensides that are gentle to the skin, hair and gums, and environmentally friendly: they are completely biodegradable. Coco glucoside (INCI: coco glucoside) is a combination of fatty acids and cane sugar. This mixture of coconut and palm kernel oils and cane sugar is biodegradable and does not cause irritation to the skin, mucous membrane or eyes. Its task in toothpaste is to ensure the medicinal substances in the toothpaste stay in the mouth for as long as possible with its slight frothing quality. Acyl glutamate (INCI: disodium cocoyl glutamate) is a mild detergent substance that is created from amino acids in combination with a coconut fatty acid. The raw material is coconut oil, which is biodegradable and non-irritating. It also supports the abrasive chalk in fighting plaque.
How do microbes help plants?
Microbes boost plant growth, plant quality and soil fertility because they balance the environment and deliver nutrients to plants. Fermentative decomposition is stimulated and putrefaction disappears, so that less energy is lost. Soil in which constructive microbes dominate produce optimal productivity levels, suppress illnesses and produce high-quality yields.
How are microbes used in conventional agriculture and with organic farmers?
Using microbes can lower fertiliser costs and can reduce weed infestation over time. Microbes mainly work anaerobically, therefore they are especially suitable for use in places where problems with rotting and smells occur. Throughout Europe microbes are used extensively in agriculture; in the UK we are catching up.
Can microbes help animals with wounds?
Microbes have proven very effective in treating wounds. We have seen pictures of a horse horribly wounded by barbed wire that healed within 10 days. To treat wounds spray daily with undiluted microbes until healing is complete.
Can the animal nutrition boosters also be used with other medication?
The nutrition boosters can increase appetite and strengthen digestion. They generally support the animal`s immune system by delivering friendly microbes to the gut, and are an ideal supplement to medical treatment.
Microbz for your pets
At microbzforpets.co.uk we combine active, beneficial microbes in unique blends designed to create a naturally healthy and balanced environment for your pets and their home.
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