What makes the Phión Probiotic Unique?

Information sourced and compiled by Robert Gourlay – RFD, B.Appl.Sc., M.Appl.Sc


Orbtek Pty Ltd (trading as Phión) researches, develops and makes a unique probiotic that has a high diversity and abundance of beneficial microbes to support human digestion, absorption, assimilation and elimination.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the unique characteristics of the Phión probiotic.

The motivation of the Phión team to make a quality, life-affirming probiotic does not exist in a large, industrial food factory that mass produces probiotics in capsule and powder forms.

At Phión we pride ourselves on producing a liquid, fermented probiotic that replicates pure food from clean and wild sources in nature.

Key features of the Phión probiotic

In summary, the key features and differences of the Phión probiotic, compared to other probiotics are:

  1. The Phión probiotic is produced in a liquid form that replicates the primary form that biology, nutrients and minerals are required by the human gut to complete digestion, absorption, assimilation and elimination.
  2. The Phión probiotic is fermented and replicates the known food values of all fermented foods. A fermented food is a probiotic in that it contains nutrients and biology delivered in a liquid form.
  3. The Phión probiotic contains a wide diversity and abundance of beneficial microbial species (including about 30 species from commercial suppliers) and numerous others that are part of the organic foods that are grown by Phión for extracting phytonutrients and added to the final fermentation of all ingredients in the probiotic.
  4. The Phión probiotic contains a complex mix of nutrients that are extracted from a wide diversity of plant species (eg. over 150 species of vegetables, fruit and herbs). Most of these plants are grown by Phión and used fresh in the nutrient extraction process.
  5. The Phión probiotic also contains every mineral known to man. These minerals are sourced primarily from rock dusts, carbonates, sulphates, clays, concentrated sea water and by-products that Phión extracts from sea water, eg. ORMUS.
  6. The Phión probiotic is fermented in negatively charged water and this water is unique to a patented process developed by Orbtek Pty Ltd. This negatively charged water eliminates pathogenic microbes (eg. E.coli)

Microbes can only survive in a probiotic if they have water and a source of food. Microbes have a life of about 30 minutes to one hour and need to feed on water and specific sugars (sulfoquinovose: SQ for short) that are the only known sugar molecule to contain Sulphur. This feeds microbes to enable reproduction = microbial diversity and abundance.  Phión uses fresh leafy green vegetables to extract these sugars, along with the nitrates that make nitric oxide (NO) for the blood. Therefore, a liquid probiotic is the only form of a probiotic that can sustain the necessary diversity and abundance.

The primary value of a fermented probiotic is that the ingredients are pre-digested and therefore the finished product of nutrients will be assimilated rapidly into the blood system. That is, it does not require pre-digestion like normal food in the gut, albeit that the biology in the probiotic add to the daily diversity and abundance of the gut biology.

The Phión probiotic is a super food and there is no other probiotic on the global market that can make these claims.

Recently, Phion put the probiotic industry claims to the test. We sent our probiotic along with a leading commercial probiotic to a registered NATA laboratory in Sydney to test for standard plate counts and capacity for expansion using Lactobacillus as an indicator. While the starting point of the standard plate count was higher for the commercial probiotic compared with the Phi’on probiotic; the Phi’on probiotic was 370% better in terms of its efficacy or capacity to sustain a diversity and abundance of microbes. This translates into greater capacity to sustain a microbial environment in the gut to support the diversity and abundance of the gut microbiome. That is the gut should function more efficiently with the Phi’on probiotic.

Phi’on can achieve these results because we make the probiotic in a manner that replicates nature. Firstly, a probiotic is a food, and wild (au naturel) food is mainly water, nutrient dense and covered in a wide diversity and abundance of microbes. Secondly, microbes in the gut need a food environment (eg. plant based sugars and fibre mainly from raw leafy green vegetables) to enable them to reproduce (multipy and divide). A microbe has a short life and therefore this microbial environment in the gut is critical to sustaining diversity and abundance. Phi’on uses ingredients that are organic and fresh (we grow the plants to extract the nutrients and biology). We also use natural negatively charged water in the probiotics to stimulate the microbes for the uptake of nutrients. By contrast, most commercial probiotics are delivered in a form that is devoid of water and food for the microbes, and therefore many commercial probiotics are probably 100% dead microbes.

What is a probiotic

A probiotic is a modern-day term that literally means for (pro) life (biotic). A probiotic is a food and not a medicine or therapeutic good. All natural or wild foods are probiotics in a diet because they meet the essential criteria of a probiotic, ie:

  • The skin (or outer membrane) of the food (eg. apple) is coated with diverse and abundant micro-organisms (both beneficial and pathogenic) that are in balance with nature
  • The microbes on the food are always attached to a water molecule (eg. mainly water vapour in the air). That is, a living probiotic provides the microbes in a liquid form
  • The food diet is organic (not contaminated with modern-day chemicals), nutrient and mineral dense (ie. at least 70+minerals, including the trace minerals, such as iodine, selenium, boron, cobalt, zinc, etc.)
  • The cells of the food are filled with negatively charged (mV) natural water
  • When the probiotic is a food supplement then it is best provided as a fermented food or food composite (complete with beneficial microbes, minerals and other nutrients).

Early humans consumed a probiotic every day by eating wild or fermented foods. It was not until the advancement of agriculture that food was grown in unnatural conditions. This change in food production initiated the decline in availability of food with balanced populations of microbes and nutrient density. The human genome today is 99.9% the same as humans who walked bare-footed and ate wild foods about 10-20,000 years ago.3G6A6804S

Clearly, humans have been around for a long time and it is only since about 1920 with the advent of modern medicines, sedentary lifestyles and remoteness from nature that human disease rates have escalated (particularly since about 1970).

Our gut system is microbially designed to eat raw and wild foods, and survive in a natural environment. Is it any wonder that people get depressed and sick living in an unnatural (radiation) environment of the Information Revolution with mobile phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens, etc?

Only about 10 per cent of the cells in the human body are human. These add up to about 1–10 trillion cells. The other 90 per cent of the cells in your body belong to other living creatures: these other living creatures are the 10–100 trillion single-celled microbes living in the human gut. The human gut comprises about 34,000+ species of microbes and in a healthy person the beneficial microbes outnumber the pathogenic microbes by about 4:1. This ration is known as a microbially balanced gut and it is this balance that sustains the effectiveness of the immune system and disease suppression. Probiotic microbes appear to affect gene activity and cellular reactions in the human intestine to support all regulation and healing through metabolic and methylation pathways.

Probiotics are beneficial biology (ie. life-affirming) that help the body to thrive on multiple levels and these healthful microorganisms are, in fact, an integral part of human well-being. Far from simply helping your body to better digest and assimilate your food (which they do very well), probiotics influence the activity of hundreds of human genes, helping them to express in a positive, disease-fighting manner.

Among the many probiotic effects are changes that positively influence the immune system and help lower blood pressure. Probiotics lead to changes, like those sought after by the pharmaceutical industry, yet probiotics have no negative side effects and many positive roles; including:

  • Producing vitamin B-12, butyrate and vitamin K2
  • Balancing out pathogenic microbes, including creating enzymes that destroy the pathogenic microbes
  • Stimulating secretion of IgA and regulatory T Cells 

The top 7 gut biology balance and immune system destroyers include:

  1. Prescription antibiotics
  2. Sugar
  3. Tap water (positive charge)
  4. GMO foods (most processed food based corn and soy)
  5. Grains (not activated, ie. soaked over-night or fermented)
  6. Emotional stress (eg. grief, anger, resentment, etc.) Love, joy and hope have healthy effects on gut biology balance  
  7. Chemicals in processed food and pharmaceutical medications

Many food production companies claim that their products are natural even though they may contain colourings, added flavours, sugar and GMO ingredients. They can do this because the definition of natural is broadly based and allowed by government regulators. Similarly, producers of probiotics can claim that their products contain billions of microbe numbers even though the numbers are actually in the 10,000’s or even zero (all dead).

While there is a general trend towards eating natural foods, or embracing the Paleo-diet most people are delusional about the integrity of the food they eat. This is a very messy issue where people are convinced of the so-called values of pasteurisation and food irradiation (microwaved). It has only taken about 40 years for food producers to transform food from mainly natural to unnatural and have people convinced by the media that the food is safe and nutritious.

A recent article in New Scientist (dated 21 May 2016, page 16) summarised results from a study (in Genome Medicine) that fundamentally found that the tested commercial probiotics, either had no microbes or produced no significant results compared to a controlled (non-probiotic) group. These results are understandable because most commercial probiotic are not probiotics: ie. they are not foods, because they are packed as powders or capsules that contain no water or nutrients for microbes to survive. In many cases, these probiotics are initiated with very few species while the gut contains 1000’s of species that in nature are found on wild (natural) food as an integrated communal and collaborative group.

All industrial food processing systems destroy the fundamental integrity of the food. The product produced is not a real food. Consequently, if you want to sustain a healthy gut function it is critical to use a liquid probiotic and ensure your diet contains adequate sources of raw and organic leafy green vegetables and use other natural plant sugars (eg. either molasses or honey) to feed the microbes.


The information in this paper is not intended as medical advice, and nor do the opinions in this paper infer a therapeutic effect for any products. Everyone is encouraged to critically evaluate any information relating to health and wellbeing, including the information on websites and other parts of the Internet that promote both traditional and alternative medicines. This paper is not a discussion about medicines, in the conventional sense, however it is a discussion about food and the changes in food quality and integrity since the 1970’s and the impact of this change on health. Your health and wellbeing are dependent on you making informed and wise choices: nobody else has as much at stake as yourself.

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