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IS RAWBIOTICS GOOD FOR LACTOSE INTOLERANT PEOPLE?

Rawbiotics is suitable for lactose intolerant individuals because the product does not contain any dairy. As for it being good for lactose intolerant people: although we are not permitted to make any claims that aren’t proven by clinical trials, the truth is that many gut disorders or conditions are as a result of microbial imbalances in the gut. Thus, by addressing the microbial balance one will very often resolve other gut issues such as lactose intolerance.

WHAT IS THE COLONY FORMING UNIT (CFU) COUNT IN RAWBIOTICS?

The average number of CFUs in our formulations is 1 billion CFUs per 30ml daily dose. It should be noted, however, that CFU counts are relevant more to freeze-dried probiotics than fermented probiotics like Rawbiotics. With a freeze-dried (encapsulated) probiotic, the bacteria are in a far less robust and stable form and many of them die off on the way to the gut, thus requiring high numbers of CFUs in order to be effective. With fermented probiotics that are in their natural form, along with all of their supporting bacteria, the numbers of CFUs needed are relatively low. In fact sometimes just hundreds of thousands of CFUs, rather than millions or billions, are more than sufficient.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Each bottle is filled with the same strength of probiotics, and set apart by unique added herbs.

Rawbiotics™ DAILY Contains a range of herbs for healthy daily living and energy. (Chamomile, Rose Hip, Olive Leaf, Elderberry, Siberian Ginseng and Astragalus)

Rawbiotics™ GUT Contains a selection of herbs that are found to assist with gut problems or a sensitive gut. (Slippery Elm, Lemon Balm, Peppermint and Rose Hip)

Rawbiotics™ KIDS  Contains a selection of herbs that have been found beneficial to child health and growth. (Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Chamomile and Elderberry)

Rawbiotics™ DEFENCE Contains a selection of immunity-building herbs. (Ginger, Turmeric, Elderberry and Cinnamon)

This should cover any probiotic questions you should have about which one to take.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Changes in the microbiome can cause additional gas as your body adapts, which may rarely lead to some temporary diarrhea. If your stomach’s typically a little on the sensitive side, we recommend starting with a small dose and working your way up!

AM I MEANT TO REFRIGERATE THE PRODUCT?

Nope. In order to avoid the microbes going dormant, you'll definitely want to keep your Rawbiotics™ at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE IF MY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS COMPROMISED?

One of our most asked probiotic questions! Since every body is different, consider yours. Each person’s make-up consists of a unique ratio of microbes in the digestive tract. Rawbiotics™ contains a high concentration of antioxidants, as well as active beneficial bacteria, so if your immune/digestive system is compromised, start on a lower dosage to avoid sudden changes to the system. For adults, go with 1 tablespoon (15ml) a day. For kids under two years old, 1 teaspoon (5ml) is best to start with. Increase slowly and remember to listen to your body.

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE PROBIOTIC?

Rawbiotics™ can be taken at any time, with or without meals.

WHY RAWBIOTICS?

It’s less about the number of microbes and more about the number of microbial species that sets Rawbiotics™ apart.

Lactic acid bacteria are the most predominant bacteria in the GI tract, but they can’t establish themselves without the natural symbioses they share with other types of microbes. In the natural world, various bacteria rely on one another for growth, stability, and harmony. Take, for example, the diversity of microbial life in soils and plants.

Unlike the limited scope of strains contained in most freeze-dried probiotics, Rawbiotics™ mirrors the natural range of microbes found in soils and foods more closely. It’s the combination of these species which make Rawbiotics™ unique, comprehensive, and successful.

CAN I TAKE RAWBIOTICS WITH OTHER MEDS?

Yes. The gastro-intestinal tract’s healthy function relies on the presence of beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria aid in digestion, correct pH balance (acidity), the processing of nutrients and the prevention of the build-up of harmful bacteria. Beneficial bacteria don’t interfere with medication. In fact, these bacteria can be killed off by the toxins in medications such as antibiotics, compromising the immune system. Taking Rawbiotics™ helps protect the body from these effects.

WHEN CAN I START GIVING IT TO MY KIDS?

Rawbiotics™ KIDS can be given to your children from newborn age, starting with a small dose of 1ml per day and increasing gradually to 5ml at age 6, and eventually to 15ml for 6+.

CAN I USE RAWBIOTICS IN A NEBULIZER?

Yes, you can substitute pharmaceutical products with the same dosage of our probiotic.

CAN I TAKE RAWBIOTICS IF I’M PREGNANT?

Yes! It’s totally natural and safe to take.

WHEN CAN I START GIVING IT TO MY KIDS?

Rawbiotics™ KIDS can be given to your children from newborn age, starting with a small dose of 1ml per day and increasing gradually to 5ml at age 6, and eventually to 15ml for 6+.

CAN I USE RAWBIOTICS IN A NEBULIZER?

Yes, you can substitute pharmaceutical products with the same dosage of our probiotic.

CAN I TAKE RAWBIOTICS IF I’M PREGNANT?

Yes! It’s totally natural and safe to take.

CAN I GET RAWBIOTICS IN MY COUNTRY?

We have distributors in South Africa, the U.S, U.K, New Zealand and Mauritius. For shipping to other regions it will be the recipient’s responsibility to clear and pay for products through customs or border controls.

ARE RAWBIOTICS VEGAN FRIENDLY?

100%. Rawbiotics™ are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. We don't use any animal-derived products in the culturing or production whatsoever..

ARE RAWBIOTICS SUITABLE FOR DIABETICS?

Yes. A very small amount of sugar goes into the product during the manufacturing process and is used as food for the beneficial bacteria during the fermentation. By the time the product has fermented there is even less sugar left. Our lab testing shows the following nutritional analysis as:

Carbohydrates: Less than 1g/100ml

Of which total sugar: Less than 0.1g/100ml

WHAT ARE THOSE WHITE FLAKES ON TOP OF THE LIQUID?

That's the natural yeast which forms when the product is exposed to oxygen. To minimize this, don’t shake the bottle once the seal is broken. However, it’s totally normal for this to occur.

WHY SHOULDN’T I SHAKE THE BOTTLE?

Since this is a “live” microbial product, keeping oxygen levels as low as possible helps maintain nutritional value.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF IT’S GONE OFF?

An "off" smell will make it pretty clear. Rawbiotics™ has a 2-year shelf life unopened, and a 6-8-week shelf life once you’ve opened the bottle, so you can also use that as a guide.

WHO IS RAWBIOTICS DEFENCE FOR?

Those who have a weakened immune system or those wanting additional immune support during times of illness or the flu season.

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO TAKE RAWBIOTICS?

You can add Rawbiotics to your favourite smoothie, shake, fruit juice, or cereal/oats bowl. 

CAN I MEASURE MY DAILY DOSE WITH THE BOTTLE CAP?

4 capfuls will equal 1 adult’s serving!

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR SPECIAL REQUESTS?

Get in touch with our Marketing or Sales Department: info@rawbiotics.co.za

DOES RAWBIOTICS HELP WITH IBS?

Yes! Rawbiotics is known to assist with a wide range of digestive and colonic problems.

WHAT IF I GET UNPLEASANT SIDE EFFECTS FROM RAWBIOTICS?

Things like gas, bloating and diarrhoea are usually the result of a compromised digestive system that’s trying to adjust. We recommend lowering your dose to 5 ml and slowly making your way up.

CAN I TAKE RAWBIOTICS IF I'M PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING?

While we’re 100% natural - and unlikely to disagree with mothers - we suggest consulting with your doctor if you’re unsure or have existing health concerns.