Tina Anderson, Founder of Just Thrive stops by the show to talk about the role of probiotics in gut health and brain health. Probiotics is like the gardener, its job is to keep the good plants (good bacteria) and get rid of the weeds (bad bacteria). Just Thrive probiotics does this better than any other products on the market because our probiotics arrive alive in the intestine.
The difference with Just Thrive probiotics is that they have this endospore shell around them and that’s why we call them spore-based probiotics. This gives them the ability to get through that stomach acid, that gastric system alive. It is not until they hit the intestines, that the endospore shell comes off and that is when they go into their live vegetative cell state to promote gut and brain health.
Our product Just Calm is helping communication between the gut and the brain and helping those external stressors that we’re faced with by lowering our cortisol levels.
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Tina Anderson’s journey into the world of health had a unique start and some unusual turns. She began her career as a trial lawyer who specialized in settling cases by bringing both sides together, a personal passion of hers. Once her second child arrived, Tina left that high-stress job behind so she could focus on her family.
Luckily, she was still able to use her considerable legal skills to point her career in a new direction as the in-house counsel for a family pharmaceutical company. But what Tina saw there made her change direction again. Frustrated by the many abuses in the pharmaceutical industry,
Tina turned toward the field of natural health, and found her life’s work. She channeled her energy into learning all she could about disease prevention and good health maintenance. That led her to discover the importance of gut health and how connected and crucial it is for overall health and wellness. To share her discovery with the world, Tina along with her husband created a unique supplement that contains the superior probiotic strains of renowned researcher Dr. Simon Cutting. By promoting gut health and probiotics, Tina shares her passion for wellness, helping others live their best physical and emotional lives.
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How Just Thrive got started
Tina: I had a very interesting journey. I was I started out in litigation but I wasn’t fulfilled in my career. And so, I decided to leave that behind and go into a family pharmaceutical business and had a much better work life balance with my kids. I was able to walk them to school and have more time for prayer, meditation, all of those things. My husband started this company together, we were able to license, probiotic strains, from London University, Dr. Simon a cutting edge world renowned probiotic expert.
And we were able to go into a field that was so impactful, and it was actually impacting health and society and it was really exciting. We knew when you took care of your gut, that everything else starts to fall into place. There was so much research coming out of the Human Microbiome Project was launched by the National Institutes of Health told us more about the gut than we ever knew before, and really told us that the gut is responsible for virtually every aspect of our overall health.
It’s hard to find any disease claim that’s not associated with some imbalance in our gut health. Very few probiotics on the market, were doing what they needed to do, they were not making that journey to the intestines alive so, we decided to go ahead and launch this product to fill the gap in the market.
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What is the Gut Microbiome
Myrna: Can we step back a little bit and talk about the gut, microbiome, and the blood brain barrier. I know that there are certain things that pass through your gut and cause a whole bunch of disease. What are, probiotics, and how do they help us in the gut?
Tina: It’s great to start with the fundamentals. Our, microbiome, is the totality of organisms that make up the gut. So, we’ve got, bacteria, viruses, fungi, you know, parasites, all these different things like make up our the totality of our microbiome. So, all of these microorganisms most of which are bacteria, we are 10 times more bacteria than we are human. We think bacteria is bad, but bacteria is so incredibly beneficial to us, so supportive of our health and our organs.
Less than 1% of bacteria is actually bad. And so, when we just realized that we have to support our microbiome, in our gut and not kill it off. Constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, these are all signs that you have some imbalance going on in your, gut microbiome. But what people are just starting to understand is that it also dictates your, brain health.
- It dictates your mood, how you’re feeling,
- your sleep,
- it’s dictating your hormone health,
- it’s dictating autoimmune issues, your immune system 80% of our immune system is found in our gut.
Gut bacteria and leaky gut
Our, gut bacteria, sends signals to our immune cells and tells them okay, there’s something going on, you need to start fighting this infection. So, it’s really important that we understand that our immune system would cease to function if we don’t have the, gut microbiome, sending signals to our, immune cells. If you have an, autoimmune disease, it’s pretty much guaranteed you have imbalance in your gut, you have a, leaky gut.
We have a double-blind human clinical trial on, leaky gut, that is so profound. It’s important for everybody to understand that it is our gut is dictating all aspects of our overall health. And there is something called the, vagus nerve, that is sends signals from the gut to the brain, and then sends signals from the brain back down to the gut. We all know that feeling you’re excited about something and you have butterflies in your stomach, that’s the gut brain connection.
We know when we get nervous, you have to go to the bathroom. Same thing the brain is sending signals down to the gut. But what we’re also starting to understand is now the gut is sending signals to the brain. So, if you have a healthy balanced, microbiome, they send more calming signals to it. The opposite is also true, if you have an imbalanced gut, it sends signals to your brain that are not so healthy.
Brain health and gut health
Understand that it is foundational for our health to focus on our gut. It is where we start. People take multivitamins and they take vitamin C and vitamin D, and those are all important things to be taking. But we need to focus on our, gut health, before we do anything else. And unfortunately, this world we live in is so offensive to the bacteria, we are 10 times more bacterial cells, but we use hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps to kill off our bacteria.
When you go into the doctor and they say, you have an, autoimmune disease, you need to figure out what it is that’s causing this imbalance and this issue and getting to the root cause of it. So, probiotics, need to arrive alive in the intestines and make the garden better. So, if you kind of compare your intestinal tract to a garden, you get the weeds which are the bad bacteria and then you have the good plants that are the good bacteria in your gut.
So, the idea is to get those, probiotic strains, into the intestines. The problem with a lot of, probiotics, on the market the vast majority of, probiotics, that are out there have difficulty getting through your stomach acid. That stomach acid is meant to be the gastric barrier. It’s meant to keep out things that we don’t want in there. So as a result, most, probiotic strains, really have difficulty getting into the intestines and so they’re dying by the time they get to the intestines.
And so that was a big problem that we identified and solved with our, Just Thrive probiotics. So, that’s the point of a, probiotic, to make the ecosystem in your gut better and to make it more balanced. We don’t necessarily want to get rid of all the bad bacteria. We just want a better balance in the gut of our good and bad bacteria.
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Just Thrive spore-based probiotics
The difference with, Just Thrive probiotics, is that they have this endospore shell around it and that’s why we call them, spore-based probiotics, and they have the ability to get through that stomach acid that gastric system alive. And it is not until they hit the intestines, that endospore shell comes off and that is when they go into their live vegetative cell state.
Myrna: I understand that because I am taking, Just Thrive probiotics, and I see the difference. I’m taking the, Just Thrive probiotics, and, Just Calm.
Tina: It is helping get rid of the weeds in the garden. It’s helping take those plants that have been stepped down and trampled on and help them thrive and flourish in your gut. And that’s why people see such profound results whether it’s, becoming more regular, whether it’s less gas and bloating, whether it’s better mood, better sleep or I’m able to manage my weight better because my gut bacteria is dictating all of those things.
Myrna: Well, yeah, I have noticed that I’m definitely more regular. What are your newest products? What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics? Tell us about the newest, Just Thrive, product, Just Calm.
Tina: Yeah, so this is exciting. You know, one of our big core competencies in our company is that we do not produce anything unless it is missing or needed in the market. So, we do not want supplements like vitamin C and vitamin D. Those are all really important nutrients. But there’s lots of companies out there doing that great. We are only launching products that are truly missing and needed and researched in the market. So, we just discovered this, probiotic strain.
Phychobiotic the gut friendly probiotic
It is called, psychobiotic. Psychobiotic, is basically gut friendly probiotic that is supporting the gut brain access. So, it’s further supporting that communication between the gut and the brain. And so, we know that the gut this is important. I think people are just starting to understand this 90% of our serotonin, which is our happy hormone is produced in our gut for all these years. I feel like psychiatrists have had their hands tied by you know, prescribing, you know, anti-anxiety meds.
90% of our serotonin is produced in our gut. Dopamine is produced in our gut, GABA, which is our calming hormone is produced in our gut. And yet, nobody is talking about that when it comes to, brain health. And so, probiotics, are supporting your serotonin production and your GABA and dopamine but the key with those, psycho biotic, that is found in our product, Just Calm, is that it’s actually supporting that, gut brain access.
So, it is helping bring down cortisol levels. We know that cortisol is really disruptive to our gut, it’s bringing up we’re in that fight or flight response all the time. The problem isn’t when you have a, leaky gut, that toxins from your gut seep into your bloodstream and they start to create this inflammatory response and you have this chronic low-grade inflammation, that sending signals up to your brain and so now you have inflammation in your brain. That is the one cause of problems with your, brain health.
Brain inflammation is caused by external stressors
The other cause of brain inflammation are external stressors. So, we get cut off by traffic, you’ve gotten into a fight with a loved one, whatever it might be that’s causing this stress that also causes this inflammation. So, we want to stop both of those things as much as possible or halt as much as possible. We want to get rid of that, leaky gut, and that’s what the probiotic is doing. And then those external stressors, we want to be able to manage them better. and by lowering our cortisol. So, that’s what the, Just Calm, product is doing.
It is helping communication between the gut and the brain and helping those external stressors that we’re faced with. Intermittent fasting, is just another tool I have in my toolbox. We want to do meditation and deep breathing, whatever it is that calms you down. It’s really important whether even if it’s changing your lifestyle. There are studies that show that when you, intermittent fasting, it helps increase diversity in the microbiome.
So, the important thing in our gut is we want a diverse, microbiome. We just we don’t want one kind of good bacteria. We want lots of different kinds of good bacteria and we were born with a lot of diversity. And we know that, intermittent fasting, helps support diversity. By starving some of those bacteria it helps them proliferate, which seems counterintuitive, but it’s been shown to actually help with supporting your, gut bacteria.
What are prebiotics
Prebiotics, is the fertilizer and the probiotic is like the gardener. The gardener is getting rid of the weeds and helping those plants come back to life. The, prebiotic, is the fertilizer for that garden, so it is feeding the good bacteria in your gut. To really to be defined as a, prebiotic, it needs to only target the beneficial bacteria. So, the good plants in the garden, but the problem is a lot of, prebiotics, it that the actually make a problem worse, by fertilizing the weeds as well as the good plants.
But if you look at our, prebiotic, it’s called a precision prebiotic. We didn’t launch a prebiotic for a long time because we could not find prebiotic fibers that only targeted the beneficial bacteria. And so yeah, so our, prebiotic, is only fertilizing the good bacteria in the gut.
We have a product called gut fortified that is helping the mucosal barrier of our gut. We have a health coach on our team, that if anyone have any questions about which products to start with, especially if you have some severe gut dysbiosis and gut issues that you want to deal with, she can help you with a plan of what to do or which products to use.
But I always suggest that people start with a, probiotic, it is foundational for anything else you’re doing. You’re eating all these really healthy foods, but if your gut is inflamed, it’s not absorbing nutrients. You’re taking all these other supplements but if your gut is inflamed, it’s not absorbing those nutrients. So, I always suggest people start with the probiotic. It’s our number one selling product. It’s important to stay on it for a couple of months to actually start to notice the difference.
Myrna: How can readers get ahold of your products and also follow you on social media?
Tina: So the best place to find us would be at our website, which is www.just thrivehealth.com. If you use the coupon code TRANSFORM podcast listeners will get 15% off. They can follow us on Instagram, @justthrivehealth. And then if you go to our website, www.justthrivehealth.com you could email us, our one 800 numbers are there, you could contact make an appointment with our product Health coach and she can help you through anything as far as what products you want to start with.