Travel-friendly fermented probiotics that are fundamental for your optimal digestive health.

Traditionally fermented foods are the foundation of our development as a species, and yet here in the modern Western world they have faded from our diets.  Dietary staples are now sterilized, pasteurized, or synthesized without the use of bacteria, and yet, the need of our bodies for supportive bacteria remains the same.

We evolved consuming foods that had been fermented, or pre-digested, by bacteria, and some of the bacteria that we eat stay with us while others pass through.  Approximately 70-80% of our immune system lies along the digestive tract, with the remaining 20-30% spread out across the skin, respiratory, and urogenital systems.  Hundreds of strains of good bacteria living in the digestive system act as a first defense against pathogens, and alert our immune cells to the presence of threats and invaders protecting us from infection.

Friendly bacteria keep the digestive tissue strong and resilient by consuming toxins, releasing supportive compounds that heal our gut, and controlling inflammation.  They are absolutely foundational for good digestive health.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics by Botanica are a living, dynamic blend of twelve probiotic strains of favourable bacteria.  They are cultivated in a nutritious base of 92 fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and seaweeds using traditional Japanese fermentation methods.  It is a long, slow process that takes place over three years in a non-insulated room.  When the temperature drops in the winter the mixture gets cold and the weakest bacteria die while the strongest live.  Likewise, during the summer months the temperature rises and again, the stress of changing temperatures promotes the survival of the strongest bacteria in the mix while eliminating the weaker ones. 

All twelve strains developing together encourage competition for resources within the food base, and this further supports survival of the fittest.  After three years the base is almost completely digested and contains health-promoting metabolites, also known as biogenic materials, produced by the bacteria as well as the bacteria themselves. 

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics by Botanica are naturally heat-stable as the bacteria have already been stressed by, and survived, three hot summers.  And because they doesn’t lose viability in warm temperatures or require refrigeration, they are the ideal probiotic when travelling. As concentrated and potent traditionally fermented food supplements, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics by Botanica are also appropriate for everyday use to support both digestive health and immune function.

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