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): $69.99 (free S&H)
  • 3 Bottles: $188.97 (free S&H)
  • 6 Bottles: $356.95 (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 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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167 Consumer Reviews for ActivatedYou Advanced Restorative Probiotic

Average Consumer Rating: 4.5
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5 star: 108 4 star: 40 3 star: 11 2 star: 3 1 star:  5
Bottom Line: 92% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Average first bottle

    • Vacaville, CA,
    • May 22, 2018
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    Given it's the first bottle, I can’t give any negative comments at all. I would lean towards positive so far. Zero negative feelings!

    I hope this will start to begin helping me to relieve stomach issues. To relieve that would lighten my medical issues revolving around chronic pain due to degenerative medical diseases and autoimmune diseases at age 45, mother of 4 amazing young people, and a husband of 24 years.

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

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  • Lessen the bloat

    • North Carolina,
    • May 22, 2018
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    I will say that I believe the unexpected bloating that would occur after meals have definitely gone down about 90%. I feel more regulated and I feel slimmer. Last week I had been under a lot of stress. For several days I had that funny feeling in my throat that I was going to get a really nasty cold. But I never got a bad sore throat feeling the whole time, and the funny feeling went away! I truly believe that taking care of my gut helps my immune system immensely! Thank you!

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

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  • Excellent

    • Brewster, NY,
    • May 22, 2018
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    I started taking the product about a month ago and feel much better. I feel more motivated and more energetic. Each day I feel better and better. I am eating a more balanced diet and losing some weight at the same time.

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

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  • First month

    • Clear Lake, IA,
    • May 22, 2018
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    I have been on this probiotic for a month and have noticed quite a difference. I have been very pleased so far. The emails have been nice too asking how things are going. I plan on continuing to use this product and would recommend it to anyone. I like the notifications about the shipments, so I know to watch for it.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Hoping

    • Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
    • May 21, 2018
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    It took a while to get here, but as soon as it arrived, I couldn't wait to try it out. I have at least a dozen other probiotics here, but none of them were able to pull me out of a deep slump - constant diarrhea, extreme fatigue and weakness, that I had fallen into after months of a stressful job assignment. I fell back on the couch and within an hour I could feel the effects from my lower bowel right up to my brain and the fatigue lifted. First time I've felt some energy in over half a year. I am hoping that this is the one for me...

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Success with Activated Restorative Probiotic

    That’s right, I said "success." Hello, my name is Linda and have I got a story for you. I’m a 71-year-old woman who has battled bloating and constipation as well as diarrhea since 1980. That’s the year I had an intestinal blockage. I was told I had a twisted colon. With each additional abdominal surgery (hysterectomy, gallbladder, and removal of a kidney, due to hydronephrosis) it became worse. I was hooked on otc and powder laxatives.

    Thank you, ActivatedYou, today I feel so much (natural) relief and healthier, plus, I’ve even lost about four pounds!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Helpful with antifungals

    I like this product; it's definitely helping with regularity. The feeling of a balloon in my gut was still not going away though until I went on an antifungal. I think it's important to do both or people may get discouraged with the probiotic and think it's not helping. In my experience, taking antifungals is the fastest way to see improvements with the probiotic. I also love the continuous correspondence with their customers. It feels like they genuinely care about how we're doing and that's important to me because they're not just out to take money from us, they're here to help us feel better.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Amazing!

    • South Carolina,
    • May 18, 2018
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    I was looking for relief to my constant bloating and slow digestion when I saw this product advertisement.

    Now, I am on week four already, and I am happily surprised to say that this product is doing exactly what it claimed. I am not feeling that awful bloating feeling, and I am feeling much better as the days pass. I am also feeling positive and hopeful. My body is adjusting, and so my daily mood is altering to match. I feel amazing!

    I am very pleased with the results in such a short time period.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Best probiotic in the market.

    • Connecticut,
    • May 17, 2018
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    Excellent probiotic that keeps me from feeling bloated. This is now the only probiotic I'll ever buy. I'm surprised at how effective this product is. I started seeing results in a week. Super, I love it.

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

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  • 4 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Worst customer service ever

    I purchased the product after seeing all the hype about it online and Maggie's video. I received a product which was not complete and not even a third of the bottle.

    I called customer service thinking this would be a quick fix. They told me that the bottles are never full and that I should have 30 scoops in there. I told them there is no way there are 30 scoops in there and the representative actually made me count the number of scoops, which were 20. I expected them to ship me another bottle, instead, they told me to return the bottle to get a refund because they had too much demand so they could not send me a bottle. The representative insinuated many times that there should be 30 scoops in there, like I was lying.

    As a first time customer, I am really disappointed by the service, and I am done with this company.

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

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    • May 18, 2018

      Chloe Lee, Customer Experience Manager

      Hi Dienabou, my name is Chloe with ActivatedYou. Our customer’s experience is our number one priority, I am very sorry that your experience was not a reflection of this. I am also really sorry to hear that you did not receive the correct amount of servings in your jar. While Morning Complete was temporarily on back order, we currently have the product back in stock as of this morning. I would be more than happy to provide a full refund, and no need to return the bottle!

      As a courtesy, I will also send you another jar of Morning Complete! Please email me at Chloe@activatedyou.com, so I can begin the refund process, and with any further questions or concerns. Again, I’m very sorry to hear about this. I look forward to making this right!

    • May 19, 2018

      Andy

      Scoops? I thought they were pills.

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    The best thing that could happen

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • May 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was having a lot of digestive problems throughout my life with no help until now. I started this about a litter over a month, and I cannot believe the difference in my health since then. I am so happy I tried this; no bloating, no stomach cramps, and I am extremely happy I ordered this. Thank you.

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

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