Published September 5, 2023 Over the past two years we’ve been on a fiber (and protein) kick – sharing countless articles and podcast episodes about the benefits of adding more fiber-rich plant foods and beans to your diet. Why? Because food truly is medicine, and the amount of fiber (or lack thereof) you consume each day has a major impact on your hormone levels, your gut microbiome, and even your ability to complete daily detoxification. BEANS AS A SUPERFOOD We’ve shared several episodes about the power of beans, an unsuspecting superfood and the richest source of soluble fiber on the planet. Adding more beans to your diet can help with hormonal acne, PMS, painful cycles, skin conditions, weight management, blood sugar imbalance, and even fatty liver. Beans contain valuable prebiotics that keep the good bacteria in your gut surviving and thriving; the same good bacteria that protect you against leaky gut and exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, when we look at ‘blue zones’ – longevity regions of the world where there are high concentrations of people who live beyond 100 years old – beans are a cornerstone of every single diet, whether that’s black beans in Nicoya, Costa Rica or soybeans in Okinawa, Japan. People living in blue zones eat 4x as many beans as Americans do! FIBER & BLOAT After sharing about the benefits of fiber-rich foods like beans, we received a ton of feedback from people in our community stating that while they know their fiber intake isn’t anywhere near adequate, they’re experiencing far too much bloating and discomfort to make this important dietary change a permanent one. This is unfortunately quite common, especially in a world where our gut microbiomes have experienced a negative shift after years of consuming a SAD (Standard American Diet), and we’re not adjusted to a brand new influx of fiber-and-antioxidant rich legumes and veggies all at once. On top of this, if you’re someone who has a history of chronic gut issues: IBS, constant bloating and irregular bowel movements, you may have an especially hard time introducing a wider array of healthy foods that are *supposed* to love you back, but only feel like they’re adding fuel to the fire! WHY YOU’RE BLOATED Most cases of IBS and digestive distress are related to an underlying condition called SIBO, aka small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. You may have heard us refer to this in the past as ‘gut dysbiosis,’ as it’s essentially a situation where the fine dance of beneficial bacteria vs. potentially pathogenic bacteria has been disrupted, and there’s an overgrowth present of certain populations that ferment fiber-rich foods: creating gas, discomfort, bloating, and indigestion. Unfortunately, for those with SIBO and chronic gut issues, even the healthiest foods can cause bloating – making it feel as though you’re taking 10 steps back when trying to make a positive change. HOW BLOAT BFF HELPS We know that it can be frustrating to be met with more discomfort and bloating even after making healthier choices. That’s where Bloat BFF comes in: a SIBO-safe formula for the most sensitive stomachs, designed to be fast-acting and give you the freedom to eat what you love without uncomfortable side effects. Our first-of-its-kind formula contains a blend of herbs, enzymes, and a spore-based probiotic strain specifically studied for its ability to improve digestion, enhance the gut microbiome, and reduce bloating by eliminating excess gas buildup. This easy, one-capsule dose is your new best friend — and works wonders thanks to a multi-pronged approach that targets all 4 main causes of bloat: maldigestion of protein and carbohydrates, gut dysbiosis, slow motility, and food triggers. Bloat BFF specifically contains ingredients that help with the most common offenders, like beans and dairy, so that you can eat all the fiber and protein required for healthy hormones (and more) with comfort and ease. Our goal was to create a SIBO-safe bloat-busting blend to help give those with recurring gut microbiome challenges the freedom to add more color and fiber to their plates without worrying about reactions and discomfort. We ensured that this formula not only helps in-the-moment, but contributes to better long term microbiome balance with use over time. THIS MULTIFACETED FORMULA CONTAINS: an herbal gut biome blend of ginger, pineapple, and papaya to support protein digestion and positively shift the microbial terrain of the gut in order to improve gut motility and inflammation, a dual enzyme blend of alpha and beta galactosidase to target the breakdown of hard-to-digest carbohydrates and vegetables (i.e. beans and cruciferous veg) as well as dairy in order to combat the most common trigger foodsBS50, a patent-pending spore-forming probiotic strain that has been shown in studies to help alleviate gas, burping, flatulence, and abdominal bloating.* In a randomized, double-blind clinical trial of healthy adults, supplementation of BS50 (Bacillus Subtilis, a spore-based probiotic strain) significantly improved symptoms of bloating, burping and flatulence in patients after 6 weeks of taking it (1). While the mechanism of action is not entirely flushed out at this point, BS50 has been shown to secrete digestive enzymes, aiding in food digestion and resulting in reduced fermentation and gas production in the lower intestine (2). In particular, Bacillus subtilis produces enzymes that help break down complex carbohydrates and proteins – two things known to give us grief in the boating department. Additionally, BS50 and other spore-based probiotics actually increase nutrient concentrations in the gut which has a satiating effect on our brains, thus reducing the urge to overeat and mitigating bloat from simply being too full. SPORE-FORMING PROBIOTICS Unlike most probiotic strains, spore-forming probiotics are not commensal to the gut — meaning they’re ideal for SIBO, as they leave the small intestine when they are done doing their job as a ‘re-balancer,’ and are less likely to contribute to any bacterial overgrowth that may be occurring. They don’t colonize the small intestine or feed the bacteria already growing there. Instead, these probiotics head straight to the large intestine and colon where they can support vibrant health benefits. Spore-forming probiotics also produce necessary nutrients like short-chain fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and other compounds necessary for nurturing the gut lining and re-establishing the gut terrain. You should be able to eat the foods you love — as well as the foods that love you back — without uncomfortable side effects. For some, that means a decadent dessert shared with loved ones, or a slice of pizza with friends; for others, that means incorporating more fiber-rich veggies for gut, hormone, and brain health. No matter what’s on your plate, Bloat BFF will support you in digesting (and assimilating) with ease and comfort, while shifting your microbial balance for the better over time. This formula comes to the rescue in real time, helping you reach your fiber goals, no sweat.