The Epidemic of Inflammatory Bowel Problems
& The Importance of Proactive Gut Health

By Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN


One hundred years ago, inflammatory bowel diseases such as IBD, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease were relatively rare occurrences. Today they have become a global epidemic of massive proportions.i An article published in the highly respected medical journal Lancet reported the following:

“The prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease, that is Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, has increased over two to three generations in high-income countries, but in only one generation (the past 25 years) in much of the newly industrialized and “developing” world. In China, for example, these conditions have changed from being rare to common and now account for the use of as much as a quarter of gastroenterological and colorectal surgical hospital beds.”ii

Many factors can initiate or exacerbate GI inflammatory problems such as antibiotics, exposure to environmental toxins and lack of dietary fiber to name a few. However, the underlying cause of these conditions is a disrupted or altered microbiome which is referred to as dysbiosis. Inflammatory bowel problems often inflict a serious effect on an individual’s quality of life, and they frequently result in prolonged hospitalization and/or death.iii

Proactive Gut Health Protocol:

At Essential Formulas, we encourage people to take proactive steps to create and maintain a healthy microbiome. We believe that the two most important proactive steps to promote good gut health are the following:

  1. Consume a healthy high fiber diet that consists of a wide range of different types of high fiber-containing foods, with a special emphasis on colored vegetables. The fiber in these foods is the primary “food” that your probiotic bacteria require. Subsequently, your probiotic bacteria will convert the dietary fibers into compounds called postbiotic metabolites, which are health-regulating compounds that will help maintain a healthy microbiome ecosystem.
  2. Take Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics regularly. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics contain probiotics, prebiotic foods and most importantly, postbiotic metabolites. Independent research has reported that Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics contain over 400 postbiotic metabolites.

Postbiotic metabolites play critical roles in promoting a healthy microbiome. To our knowledge, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is the only product in the world that is produced using a multi-year fermentation process that results in the delivery of over 400 postbiotic metabolites. No other product in the world provides such a comprehensive, balanced microbiome-enhancing system as Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics.



i Sorrentino D. The Coming of Age of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Asia. Inflamm Intest Dis. 2017;2:93-94.
ii Zhao J, et al. First prospective, population-based inflammatory bowel disease incidence study in mainland of China: the emergence of “western” disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2013; 19 : 1839-1845.
iii Tine J, et al. Mortality and causes of death in Crohn’s disease: Follow-up of a population-based cohort in Copenhagen County, Denmark. Gastroenterology. 2000;117:A941.