What is ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic?

Published on: Jan 17, 2017

Called one of the most potent formulas on the market, ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic by Akasha Naturals colonizes your system with billions of healthy bacteria and promises to improve digestion and comfort, increase energy levels, and boost mood.

And once your body is balanced, Akasha Naturals tells us you’ll also experience enhanced immune function, more radiant skin, and reduced health problems.

All you have to do is take one capsule of ActivatedYou Probiotic per day with a full glass of water (preferably with food), and its 30 billion CFUs of 30 different bacteria strains will deliver a science-based approach to whole person wellness.

Even though ActivatedYou was developed by a team of board-certified medical doctors and licensed alternative medicine practitioners, does this mean it really is a life-changing formula? Or, does it amount to little more than great marketing for an otherwise mundane probiotic supplement?

Our goal in this article is to help you make a more informed decision about ActivatedYou by Akasha Naturals. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

The Basics Behind Probiotics

ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic promises to provide wellness from the inside out. How, exactly, will it accomplish this? Before diving into the supplement itself, let’s talk about probiotics as a whole.

The Latin word probiotic means ‘for life.’ Why?

While you might think of your body as wholly ‘yours,’ the reality is that about half of the cells in your body belong to bacteria; microscopic single-celled organisms that serve a host of different functions.

Most bacteria in humans are found in the digestive tract (commonly referred to as the gut), where they help digest food, make vitamins, support immune system function, and help our brain work. In a very real way, we’re only alive because of these bacteria and at our healthiest when their levels are balanced.

And that’s just it: Whether due to less-than-stellar nutrition, too much stress, a recent illness, or a round of antibiotics, it’s not uncommon for our gut to contain too much “bad” bacteria, leading to side effects like decreased energy, bloating and other digestive issues, or getting sick.

Enter supplements like ActivatedYou. These products contain anywhere between a few hundred million and several billion CFU (colony-forming units, or the number of individual bacteria cells per dose), along with one or more different bacteria species.

By taking these supplements on a regular basis, they're supposed to help reintroduce beneficial bacteria and balance your gut. The result? Often, probiotic users can expect improved digestion, reduced constipation, boosted immune response, and reduced irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

While we found limited clinical evidence drawing a direct relationship between increased CFU count and improved health benefits, what about the specific bacteria strains found in ActivatedYou? Will they provide any unique health improvements?

Which Bacteria Strains Are Found In ActivatedYou? Are They Effective?

Each capsule of the ActivatedYou Probiotic contains 30 billion CFU of the following bacteria strains:

Lactobacillus acidophilus LA410, Propionibacterium freudenrichii subsp shermanii, Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis LBR-35, Lactobacillus bulgaricus LB-87, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei Lc-11, Lactobacillus paracasei Lpc-37, Lactobacillus paracasei LAFTI-26, Lactobacillus plantarum Lp-115, Lactobacillus rhamnosus LR-32, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus salivarius LS-33, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus gasseri Lg-36, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus lactis LL-23,

Bifidobacterium adolescentis, Bifidobacterium Bifidum BB710, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium breve Bb-30, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium infantis Bi-26, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium lactis (animalis) BL-04, Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07, Bifidobacterium longum BL-05, Lactobacillus helveticus,

Streptococcus thermophilus St-21

While all of the bacteria above come with complicated Latin names, keep in mind that the first word (e.g. Lactobacillus) simply references the genus, or family. The second word references the specific bacteria strain.

Taking a Closer Look at the Lactobacillus Family & Its Role In ActivatedYou

With this said, Lactobacillus is undoubtedly the most popular family found in probiotic supplements today (including in ActivatedYou), which is a lactic acid-producing bacteria commonly found in dairy products like cheese, yogurt, and milk.

Further, acidophilus is the most popular strain of Lactobacillus bacteria and has been shown to address several different causes of diarrhea, IBS, and urinary tract infections, as well as provide some antifungal properties.

L. brevis can help reduce the buildup of dental plaque, bulgaricus is resistant to antibiotics, and rhamnosus might help women lose weight, reduce atopic dermatitis in children, and help prevent allergy development.

L. casei may help eliminate pathogenic bacteria in the intestines and prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhea; L. paracasei could also inhibit pathogens and treat ulcerative colitis, and L. plantarum can help maintain intestinal permeability and produce antimicrobial substances.

L. reuteri helps prevent the growth of some bacteria, as might gasseri, while L. fermentum may reduce cholesterol.

What About the Bifidobacterium In ActivatedYou?

Second in popularity only to Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria is another probiotic family whose strains have been clinically shown to deliver a wide range of benefits. The family was originally discovered way back in 1899 by pediatrician Henry Tissier.

B. adolescentis and infantis seem to be especially useful for treating IBS; bifidum can reduce cholesterol, and breve and lactis help treat ulcerative colitis, while longum is helpful for preventing the growth of pathogenic organisms.

Finally, There’s Streptococcus

While you probably associate the Streptococcus genus with nasty illnesses like strep throat and scarlet fever, one strain, called thermophilus, can help reduce IBS and necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants.

Certainly sounds like a lot of benefits associated with these strains! But will they cause any side effects?

Will You Experience Side Effects With ActivatedYou Probiotic?

Despite all the potential benefits provided by probiotics, you’ll generally have to worry little about any meaningful, ongoing side effects. If you experience anything while the good bacteria balance out the bad, it likely won’t be worse than mild gas and/or bloating.

However, if you have an immune disorder, are pregnant, or are the parent of an infant with short bowel syndrome, it might be a good idea to avoid probiotics.

Also, it’s always a smart idea to talk with your doctor before you begin taking any new nutritional supplement!

How much will you pay for all these potential benefits?

How Much Does ActivatedYou Probiotic Cost?

ActivatedYou is priced as follows:

  • 1 Bottle (30 capsules): $39.95 plus $4.95 S&H
  • 3 Bottles: $107.86 plus free S&H
  • 6 Bottles: $203.75 plus free S&H

All orders come with a 90-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges. You can request a refund by calling customer support at 800-720-8403.

How does this price compare to other probiotic supplements?

How To Choose the Right Probiotic for You—Does ActivatedYou Make Your List?

Here’s your three-step mini guide for finding a probiotic supplement that delivers on its promises, whether you’re thinking about ActivatedYou or a product from another manufacturer:

Step 1: Talk With Your Doctor

Yes, we mentioned it earlier, but it’s important enough to reiterate here: If you’re experiencing poor digestion or any of the symptoms that come along with it, you need to make an appointment with your doctor.

While your issues could certainly be caused by an imbalance in your gut bacteria, they might also indicate other medical issues that your physician can help diagnose and adequately address—before they get any worse.

While there, you can also discuss whether or not a probiotic supplement could help. And if so, any strains you might want to focus on—and whether or not ActivatedYou contains them.

Step 2: Are Factors Like CFU Count & Number of Strains Important?

When searching online for probiotic supplements, you’ll find some formulations— like ActivatedYou, Probiotic America, and MetaBiotic—that contain dozens of bacteria strains and 30+ billion colony-forming units.

On the other hand, you’ll come across other formulations, like those from Puritan’s Pride and Probiotic Pearls, that contain significantly fewer bacteria strains and a much lower CFU counts.

What’s the point? There are two:

First, there’s a lot of overlap in the benefits provided by each bacteria strain found in probiotic supplements. So, whether you’re taking a formula with five strains or 50—unless your doctor recommends a specific strain based on your diagnosis, you’ll likely experience similar benefits.

Second, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of clinical evidence showing that ingesting more bacteria (10 billion vs. 30 billion CFU, for example) necessarily translates into greater real-world health benefits.

In the end, make sure that you don’t pay more for one probiotic brand than another, just because of its higher CFU count.

Step 3: What About Price? Customer Feedback?

While shopping around, you'll notice that there can be vast price differences between probiotic brands.

For example, PerfectBiotics and ProbioSlim will cost you nearly $70, while you can pick up a bottle TruBiotics at your local pharmacy for as little as $14.50. ActivatedYou falls somewhere in the middle at $40.

Which begs the question: Will paying more for a probiotic supplement provide better health benefits? There are far too many factors here to allow us to adequately answer this question, which means it’s largely up to you to decide.

Based on what we learned in step two, though, it might be rare for a supplement priced 3-4X higher than the competition to deliver 3-4X greater benefits.

Perhaps the most surefire method of discerning how much value a probiotic might provide is by checking out customer feedback on consumer review sites like HighYa. After all, displeased customers rarely keep quiet, so if a supplement isn’t delivering value, their feedback should soon start appearing online.

Does the fact that ActivatedYou is formulated by a doctor boost its value?

Who is Dr. Edison de Mello?

The Akasha Center for Integrative Medicine is based out of Santa Monica, CA and was founded by Dr. Edison de Mello, a licensed psychotherapist who also acts as the Center’s Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. de Mello graduated with his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and has operated Akasha Natural Supplements since 2012.

While the Akasha Naturals website places a lot of emphasis on medicine and science, it’s important to point out that it features at least one section detailing detoxing and cleansing, which authoritative websites indicate is a waste of time.

Given all the territory we've covered here, where does this leave you regarding ActivatedYou?

Will ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic Revolutionize Your Health From the Inside Out?

If you’re suffering from indigestion and other gut-related issues, authoritative websites indicate there are reams of clinical evidence indicating a probiotic supplement might help.

This is part of the reason why you’ll find probiotics available all over the Internet, as well as at pharmacies and other retailers near you.

This also means that you have a dizzying number of choices when deciding which probiotic is right for you. Fortunately, if you follow our three-step outline above, it can make the process a whole lot easier.

From this perspective, it’s not clear that ActivatedYou Probiotic really is “one of the most potent formulas on the market.” But if it’s not—or if it doesn’t live up to your expectations—the good news is that Akasha Naturals seems to stand behind it with a 90-day return policy.

Did you try the ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic from Akasha Naturals? Did it help you find relief, or did another brand deliver better results? Talk about your experience below by writing a review!

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77 Consumer Reviews for ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic

Average Consumer Rating: 4.5
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5 star: 53 4 star: 17 3 star: 5 2 star: 0 1 star:  2
Bottom Line: 95% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Not sure yet

    • Lancaster, CA,
    • Jan 16, 2018
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    All I’ve noticed so far is a lot less bloating. Nothing on all the other problems this product is supposed to help. I’ll post the rest of my review when I finish the next bottle. I am only ordering a second because the bloating has significantly improved. I can’t recommend this product yet.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 17, 2018

      Chloe Lee, Customer Experience Manager

      Hi Sail! Chloe from ActivatedYou here. I am so happy to hear that you are experiencing less bloating already! This is great news. We typically suggest that our customers try the Advanced Restorative Probiotic consistently for at least 3 months to experience the maximum amount of benefits. I would love to be updated on your experience as time goes on! If you would like, please feel free to email me at Chloe@ActivatedYou.com. Again, thank you for letting us know about your experience! Take care!

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Month one!

    I have completed my first month on ActivatedYou, and have noticed just a few minor things. I take the probiotic with my breakfast in the morning. I usually have to stay around the house for a couple of hours to be close to a bathroom after eating breakfast. There have been a few days this past month that my stomach hasn't acted up, so maybe something good is happening there. I still have the bloated feeling and haven't noticed any weight decrease. Hopefully, month two will bring some more noticeable results. I would like some more help with diet and what foods would better aid the ActivatedYou products. Thanks.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 9, 2018

      Chloe Lee, Customer Experience Manager

      Hi Kaylene! I'm Chloe from ActivatedYou. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review about your experience with the Advanced Restorative Probiotic thus far. While many of our customers start seeing the benefits right away, it typically takes about three months for most to experience the full results. I am so happy to hear that you are already seeing results after just one month. We suggest that our customers stick to an overall healthy diet and drink a lot of water while taking the Advanced Restorative Probiotic. I would love to be updated on your experience and I am totally available for any other questions you might have. You can reach out to me at Chloe@ActivatedYou.com. Take care!

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic

    • Salt Lake City, UT,
    • Jan 6, 2018
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    I have a really compromised autoimmune system and have struggled for 40 years with pain and stomach and bowel issues. After listening to Maggie's video, I decided to purchase her and Dr. di Mello probiotics because I believed she was credible. I don't buy things online from other marketers, I just don't. I've been taking these for 30 days, and I have seen a big difference already. I am having energy I haven't had in years, and I am seeing progress in my IBS. My severe stomach bloating is so much better.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    This is the first probiotic that worked

    • Senoia, GA,
    • Jan 5, 2018
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    I have tried several probiotic in the past that did not help at all and wound up giving me gas. Then I read Maggie's article and how well the probiotic was researched and how it worked for her and thought I will give it a one month try. I was really not expecting any real results just like all the times in the past.

    How wrong was I! The results have been amazing. I take my capsule of ActivatedYou every morning before my coffee with a big glass of water. My system empties normally every morning without the extra "help" I was using before i.e. senna tablets, stool softeners and often laxatives.

    This capsule has been a true gift, and I love it enough to have just ordered a 6-month supply!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    I really like it!

    I have had issues with being regular most of my life. I had been using an OTC probiotic for about a year, but it didn't seem to be doing much.

    The first day I took this probiotic I cleared out with ease. And I have taken it every day for almost a month now and continue to be better than I ever have been in my life. Also, I noticed that I had a lot of burping before I started this product. I thought it was caused by a hiatal hernia, but I suddenly realized the other day that I hadn't been burping for a couple of weeks.

    I was surprised when they said it would help with acid reflux. I don't have that very often but I do occasionally, and I haven't had that since I started either. And I just went through the Christmas Holidays!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Noticeably less bloating for now

    It’s only about three weeks, and I feel noticeably less bloater, both in general and after I eat. At first, I thought I was noticing more/easier elimination, but that hasn’t been sustained. I can see that there will be more positive benefits ahead and these things usually take time for me. But so far so good!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Best I have felt in many years

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Jan 5, 2018
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    I have just finished my first bottle of ActivatedYou. I can honestly tell you that this is the first time I have seen a difference in my tummy bloat, as well as, an increase in my energy level.

    I have tried so many other probiotics over and over again, but nothing worked for me. I have also gone to many different gastroenterologists, but again, nothing happened.

    I am so happy I found Dr. Mello and ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic. I feel I am on my way to live my life to the fullest.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Amazing results!

    I despise taking meds! However, I watched the entire 30-minute video on ActivatedYou, and it mentioned all the symptoms I’ve been feeling, i.e. bloating, feeling like a rock was in my stomach every morning, having insane sugar cravings, etc. So I thought, it can’t hurt to give ActivatedYou a try and if it really works, it’ll be such a relief, and if it doesn’t, I can get my money back! I mean there are SO many probiotics out there, who’s to know what’s what until you try it?

    I’m here to say IT WORKS! It worked for me in a week! So pretty much immediately. My sugar cravings are basically gone, although as a woman I’ll always have a need for a piece of chocolate here and there, LOL. I don’t feel the uncomfortable feeling of a rock sitting in my stomach every morning, I don’t feel bloated, etc., etc.

    I highly recommend this product and have bought bottles for my husband and my daughter.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Very good product

    I have not had any bowel problems since I started this. I still feel bloated at times, but I do take other medications.

    I would recommend this, but a lot of people would not be able to afford it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Advanced Restorative Probiotic

    I’ve tried a lot of probiotics and this is by far the best product for me. One a day and ready to go; no bloating or discomfort after eating. Thank you, great product. I hope I continue to get the same results over time.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    My body feels happy.

    I feel great, my body feels happy, and my digestive system works better than ever.

    I would like my family to start using this product.

    My digestive system would go once every other day, to going every day at least two times. That's a huge improvement for me. I feel ActivatedYou does what its name says. Once you take it, you start to feel it moving throughout your body as you continue to drink your water. You start making better decisions with your food.

    I would recommend this to everyone.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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