Disclosures: I was given this product to review as part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Daily Body Restore review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. The statements in this review and Daily Body Restore’s website have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Research is slowly confirming what Hippocrates hypothesized more than 1,500 years ago: All disease begins in the gut.
And yet, many of us don’t think much about our digestive system unless it starts giving us problems. Until a couple of years ago, I fell into that category. I ate whatever, whenever, and dealt with the consequences by keeping a jar of antacids nearby. Eventually, my horrible diet of fast food and processed food caught up with me, and I found myself with a nasty case of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Of course, my nurse practitioner was used to seeing this in her patients and just went through the motions of calling in a prescription for Nexium. I took that for months – despite warnings that proton-pump inhibitors are not intended for long-term use – and continued on with my unhealthy food choices.
Then, I started working with a new functional medicine doctor who was more versed in the importance of gut health and how it might be affecting my overall health, including my fibromyalgia symptoms. In fall 2015, my doctor put me on an elimination diet and added digestive enzymes to my supplement protocol. Overhauling my diet and using digestive enzymes have been life-changing. I was able to stop taking Nexium within two weeks of starting the digestive enzymes, and cutting out overly processed and inflammatory foods radically reduced the bloating, gas and acid reflux that I thought were just part of middle age. Last year, I added high-quality probiotics to my supplement protocol, and again, I saw an improvement in my overall digestive health.
I am a huge believer now in the importance of digestive enzymes and probiotics, so when I was asked to try out a product that combines both into a single capsule, I was more than happy to do a review. Daily Body Restore™ (DBR) is a patent-pending probiotic supplement that helps to replenish the body’s good bacteria, which in turn supports digestive and immune-system health. CEO Kim Shafer developed DBR to help a family member with Crohn’s disease. She found that certain enzymes and probiotics improved her family member’s symptoms, but she became frustrated because the products on the market were expensive, contained questionable ingredients and required taking many pills per day. She decided to formulate a product that combined 10 digestive enzymes and nine different strains of probiotics without artificial colors, flavors, dairy or gluten.
In addition to improving gut health, DBR may also have the added benefit of reducing cholesterol levels, according to a recent animal study. I had my cholesterol checked earlier this month and found that my total cholesterol (30 points lower) and LDL cholesterol (40 points lower) had both come down after taking DBR. Obviously, there’s no way for me to know if DBR is solely responsible for the reduction, but I’m happy to have those numbers a little closer to the normal range without having to go on a statin.
I started my trial of DBR by taking one capsule three times a day. I was a little concerned about taking DBR because I’d tried other brands of probiotics containing the same strains in the past and hadn’t been able to stay on them due to bloating and stomach pain. I’ve been taking a fermented probiotic for several months, and fortunately that must have healed my gut to the point where I can now tolerate more common probiotic strains without any serious issues. I initially had some minor bloating upon starting DBR, but it subsided after a few days.
If I was taking the right dose, Kim said I should feel an increase in energy within three or four days of starting DBR. Unfortunately, I never did experience that boost in energy, but truthfully, I wasn’t expecting to. About a week into my trial, I had several days where I felt really brain foggy and tired. I doubt it was caused by the DBR, but I did notify Kim of my symptoms, and she suggested upping my dosage to six capsules spread over three doses per day. Again, I had some minor bloating as my body became accustomed to DBR’s good bacteria. After the increase in dosage, I didn’t notice any change in my fibromyalgia symptoms, negative or positive, but I felt confident that DBR was working just as well as my previous probiotic/digestive enzyme protocol.
The biggest advantage to using DBR is that it combines probiotics and enzymes into one convenient product. While using it, I only had to reach for one product versus three different products in my previous protocol.
Cost may be a factor for some users depending on dose. At my starting dose of three capsules a day, DBR is competitive with other gut-health products. It’s less cost effective if you have to take higher doses.
I do like the DBR product. It seems very innovative compared to other gut-health supplements I’ve researched. I also like that DBR was developed by an individual to meet a personal need versus some big supplement company and that I’m supporting a smaller, family-owned business. My current doctor likes for me to rotate my probiotics every few months, and I plan to include DBR in that rotation.
For more information on Daily Body Restore™, visit DBR’s About page. If you’d like to try Daily Body Restore, the company is offering 50% off all first-time orders with the code DBRFAM.
Now, it’s your turn…Have you found probiotics and/or digestive enzymes to be helpful? Share in the comments below!