(formerly Primal Gut)
Introducing Smidge® Probiotic capsules, for a well-balanced digestive system that thrives on a wide variety of proven beneficial bacteria.
We created this comprehensive, 13-strain blend (previously called Primal Gut™) to help you regenerate and maintain a healthy microbiome. We also carefully calibrated the percentage of each strain to maximize the benefits while avoiding side effects associated with other commercial brands. This means regularity and easy-breezy digestion, among other health benefits!
Of course, our Probiotic capsules are free of common allergens, excipients and other added ingredients. And they're made in small batches.
60 capsules (1-month supply), 20 billion CFUs per serving
- 13-strain formula
- For advanced gut health
- No soil strains or prebiotics
- No unnecessary additives
- Non-GMO, gluten- and dairy-free
- Now in convenient capsules
What do Smidge® Probiotic capsules do?
Probiotics are living organisms that reside deep within your gut. They help digest food and absorb nutrients, and keep harmful microorganisms under control. If you don't have enough of the good bacteria, it may become difficult for the body to fight pathogens. That's why many folks supplement with probiotics, in addition to a bountiful, whole food diet.
Smidge® Probiotic capsules are ideal if you've used probiotics in the past and are at a more advanced stage of digestive healing — and want to keep maintaining a healthy gut.* You may have experienced some benefits of probiotic supplements but want more, or wanting more than your current probiotic is delivering.
This little capsule holds 13 clinically-proven probiotic strains for gut health; 12 human strains and one plant strain (L. rhamnosus, L. casei, L. acidophilus, L. paracasei, L. brevis, L. gasseri, L. salivarius, B. bifidum, B. breve, B. infantis, B. longum, B. lactis — and the green guy, L. plantarum).
This rainbow of strains works in synergy to nourish your inner ecosystem, all while being kind to your digestion.
A healthy community of probiotic bacteria supports the following:
A strong and well-regulated immune system: Probiotics have been shown in hundreds of studies to both support a vigilant immune system and help regulate immune response.*
Comfortable and thorough digestion: Probiotics support a healthy digestive system and also play critical roles in helping your body break down and absorb nutrients. They even produce critical vitamins when your body is in need, like K2 and several B vitamins.*
A strong gut lining: Probiotics can strengthen the gut lining and may protect the body from the effects of synthetic chemicals and pathogens.*
A healthy urinary and reproductive tract: Healthy microbes in your urogenital tract can occupy space and produce chemicals that keep troublesome microbes in check.* Adios mild urinary irritation and yeast infections!*
A sharp memory, steady concentration and an overall positive feeling: Research reveals these friendly organisms help your body produce neurotransmitters that shape the way your brain grows and functions — to boost mood and ease mild anxiety.*
- A healthy heart, glowing skin and more…*
Adults: Always start with a smidge! Start with one capsule daily with food. Then take two capsules together, or as directed by a certified healthcare practitioner (see low and slow note below).
Children: Take one capsule daily with food.
Sensitive individuals: For an even smaller dose, pull the capsule apart for only a portion of the powder.
Start low and slow: Our supplements are premium, pure and potent. Therefore, it's critically important to start slowly, with a lower dosage than recommended. For example, a minimal dose every other day, or even once a week, until you can determine how the supplement affects your body and what feels right for you.
How to take: For best absorption, we recommend taking your probiotic with a meal or a spoonful of organic fat, like butter, ghee, emu oil or coconut oil. See FAQs for more info.
Smidge® Probiotic capsules require refrigeration for long-term storage. Keep away from moisture. Can be kept at room temperature for up to two weeks while traveling.
We use our chilled shipping pack at all times, which includes one or more ice packs (depending on the size of the order) and insulated packaging. These ice packs are not designed to stay cold during the entire shipment process, but do provide adequate protection. The ice packs may arrive warm, or even hot. This is normal and expected, but does not reduce the potency. Our Cold Pack Shipper also works well for our other products that are kept in cold storage.
B. infantis is a folate-producing beneficial bacteria, primarily found in the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy infants (and human mouths). It seems to play a critical role in establishing a healthy intestinal lining and a robust and well-regulated immune system.* Research suggests B. infantis regulates the production of tryptophan, which is the precursor for serotonin (the neurotransmitter associated with a sense of satisfaction and happiness).* A note on folate: it's one of the B vitamins responsible for tissue growth and cell function.*
Perhaps one of the most prominent Lactobacillus bacteria in the gut, research states L. rhamnosus supports a robust respiratory system, helps keep inflammation in check and encourages a healthy intestinal lining.* It's also used in protocols for children and adults with diarrhea and may support mild cases.*
One of the first bacteria to colonize our bodies at birth, B. longum has been associated with helping to digest milk and other challenging foods, as it produces lactic acid from the fermentation of sugar in the gut.* Research suggests that B. longum may support immunity and growth in children.* It's also linked to helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.* And it's been studied to help alleviate minor stress
L. casei is found in the human urinary tract and mouth, as well as in some fermented foods like yogurt, fermented milk and certain cheeses. This strain is commonly used to prevent and treat mild diarrhea and other inflammatory digestive issues.* Another study showed that L. casei was beneficial for people with constipation.* A later study revealed that regular intake of milk fermented with Lactobacillus casei Shirota may improve bowel habits of people with nerve issues.* And, clinical trial researchers found that L. casei supplements may help alleviate symptoms and improve inflammatory cytokines in women with inflammation of the joints.*
Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria that typically live in the human intestines and stomach, that help to perform essential functions like digestion and the maintenance of beneficial bacteria. One study suggests that B. bifidum may support immunity by staving off colds in the winter months.* Another clinical study indicates B. bifidum may help with abdominal discomfort caused by gas and bloating.* And yet another study states that B. bifidum can help with occasional diarrhea.* Clinical research suggests that B. bifidum can help maintain comfortable joint movement by helping manage inflammation.* There's also a correlation to improved mental health, as bifidobacterium is classified as a "psychobiotic", which affects central nervous system-related functions and behaviors mediated by the gut-brain-axis.*
L. acidophilus is a common probiotic, also found in foods like yogurt. It produces lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide that some troublesome bacteria don't like. By doing so, it seems to help keep the community of microbes in the intestines healthy and balanced.* Clinical research has linked L. acidophilus to keeping the urogenital tract sturdy, as well immune system strength.*
L. plantarum is a plant-based, beneficial probiotic strain naturally found in fermented foods like sauerkraut. Several clinical trials have shown that L. plantarum helps support comfortable digestion, helping to minimize gas and bloating.* One of the most common probiotics, L. plantarum seems to support immune system health.* Not only does L. plantarum stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines like IL-10, it also seems to stimulate the production of regulatory T-cells.* And, preliminary studies indicate that L. plantarum may help strengthen memory, concentration and mood.*
B. breve is one of the most helpful probiotic bacteria in the human body due to its unique ability to compete with harmful bacteria by digesting a large variety of molecules. It's also prevalent in the colons of breastfed babies. B. breve is linked to helping with occasional constipation in children.* And when combined with a gluten-free (real food) diet, B. breve may promote microbial balance in the children's digestive tracts.* B. breve seems to play a role in helping to establish a healthy microbiome, based on trials involving preterm babies. And, clinical research suggests it may be useful in recolonizing the guts of children who have undergone chemotherapy.*
First isolated from a traditional Japanese pickle, you can also find L. brevis in many fermented foods. It seems to support healthy brain growth by increasing the production of the brain growth hormone, BDNF. Clinical research suggests it also helps with intestinal health and immune strength.* Preliminary research indicates L. brevis can trigger an increase in the production of interferon (a protein released by cells to heighten antiviral defense) in the body, as well as enhance the activity of T cells (which are produced by the thymus gland and actively participate in immune response). One large-scale clinical study showed that L. brevis seemed to make a significant difference in keeping children healthy over the winter season.* Clinical research also suggests it can help support vaginal comfort and health by adhering to vaginal walls and making it an unfriendly environment for troublesome microbes.*
L. gasseri is naturally found in the human digestive and urinary tracts. It's been shown in clinical trials to help people lose weight.* Preliminary research indicates that L. gasseri may inhibit inflammation signaling at the genetic level.* L. gasseri may also support healthy cholesterol levels already within a normal range.*
A transient probiotic bacteria that inhabit the human intestines and the colon, B. lactis breaks down body waste and aids in the absorption of various vitamins and minerals. One study showed that B. lactis helped preterm babies gain weight after taking antibiotics, helping develop their immune systems.* Beyond the babies, extensive research has shown that B. lactis is useful when it comes to abdominal comfort and proper digestion, helping to get the colon in shape and potentially easing mild constipation.* Notably, preliminary lab research indicates B. lactis shows exciting potential in neutralizing certain toxins from wheat.*
L. paracasei is a species of lactic acid bacteria used in dairy product fermentation and probiotics. It's been shown to support comfy digestion in several ways by helping to regulate inflammation.* It's also linked to healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and a balanced immune system.* Researchers found that supplementing with L. paracasei seemed to shift the entire microbiome toward species associated with good health.*
L. salivarius is one of the most prevalent probiotic species in human saliva. It produces organic acids, such as lactic acid and acetic acid from carbohydrates, which can inhibit the growth of surrounding microorganisms, and produce hydrogen peroxide and other antimicrobial substances. L. salivarius seems to help keep the microbial population in the mouth healthy.* Also, several clinical trials indicate that L. salivarius seems to help regulate the immune system and, as a result, support healthy skin.* Importantly, researchers state that it may keep the vagina healthy and comfortable by promoting a healthy pH balance to treat minor infections and restore healthy vaginal flora.*
Microcrystalline cellulose is all-natural refined wood pulp. We chose this ingredient to satisfy the needs of our most sensitive customers.
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), water. Our vegetable (vegan) capsules consist of only two ingredients: HPMC and purified water. HPMC is derived from vegetable cellulose of either pine or poplar. 100% natural, these capsules contain no preservatives, no gelatin, wheat, animal by-products or starch.