Build the Foundation of Lifelong Health
By a Mom For Moms
Our story starts with bugs. During the birth of her son Hudson, LoveBug Probiotics co-founder Ashley Harris was put on broad-spectrum antibiotics as a preventive measure. Over the next few months both Ashley and Hudson started getting sick. Ashley began suffering constant migraines and noticed a weakened immune system. Her son was very colicky, had digestive issues and then right around the same time both Ashley and Hudson developed eczema. Frustrated, Ashley began a quest to discover what was happening to her and her son, and why. The culprit: bad gut bacteria. Doctors tested Ashley and found her symptoms were tied to a severe imbalance in her gut bacteria and that she had an array of digestive issues including candida, dysbiosis, and leaky gut. Her microbiome had very little of the good bacteria vital to good health – and plenty of the bad bugs.
After discovering both she and Hudson had an imbalance in their gut bacteria, Ashley prodded her husband, co-founder Ben Harris, to get his own labs done. He found an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in his digestive system as well. Research led them to the wonders of probiotics and, after taking them, they noticed a dramatic turnaround in their overall health.
Fascinated, and committed to sharing their newly acquired good gut health with the world, they jumped into serious research. Partnering with leading scientists, they set out to create supplements with only the best probiotic strains, delivering the most bugs to where they’re needed to do their work. LoveBug Probiotics was born!
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Not all probiotics are created equal.
Lovebug Tablets vs. Standard Capsules
LoveBug Probiotics have more survivability than standard capsules
LoveBug Probiotics have more survivability than standard capsules, thanks to the work of our scientific development team. BIO-tract® delivery technology ensures as many organisms reach your digestive tract as possible, for the greatest benefit to your health. Each probiotic supplement consists of a proprietary probiotic blend, with every strain selected for its specialized health benefits. Thanks to our scientific foundation and passion for the pursuit of probiotic knowledge, LoveBug Probiotics is uniquely qualified to deliver good gut health to you.
LoveBug Probiotics supplements feature BIO-tract®, a patented delivery technology scientifically developed to protect the tablets against stomach acids and other rigors of digestion, so they can reach the gut to perform their work
While many probiotic supplements consist of one strain, each of our probiotics have a specialized blend of strains designed to provide the optimal benefit, with each daily dose delivering billions of good bugs into your digestive system
No Unnecessary Ingredients
LoveBug Probiotics are formulated without sugar, gluten, nuts, dairy, GMOs and other undesirable ingredients, leaving more room in each tablet for the helpful microorganisms at the core of our plans
Probiotics for the Whole family
The Secret Ingredient Is Always Love!
From the beginning, the LoveBug team knew the key component to probiotic success is scientific knowledge. That’s why at the outset we worked with internationally recognized doctors and scientists to build a strong foundation of solid expertise. That dedication has led to a robust line of probiotic products and plans targeted to specialized groups and health concerns, with the scientific backing to provide confidence in our carefully created supplements.
Our team includes Jonathan Weiss, a healthcare expert with degrees from Oxford University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago
Years of research has led to development of optimal, proprietary blends of probiotic strains for each targeted supplement and plan
Each supplement features a patented delivery technology designed to deliver the maximum number of organisms to the gut to do their job
Our Scientific Advisory Board Includes
JONATHAN WEISS M.D., MSc – Jonathan earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. Jonathan holds an MSc in Health Economics and Policy from Stanford University and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Jonathan also has a BA in law from Oxford University and a BA in Government from Harvard University.
Jonathan is founder and CEO of HealthEngine, a platform to bring purchasers and providers together in a marketplace for healthcare services. Jonathan co-founded Nations Healthcare, one of the largest diagnostic and surgery center companies in the United Kingdom contracted to build, staff, and manage specialty hospitals to diagnose and treat 300,000 patients annually. Jonathan also co-founded Premier Health Partners, an operator of medical networks in the primary health and specialist physician fields throughout the UK and Europe.
Jonathan serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Oxford University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and acts as a director and consultant to Fortune 100 U.S. Insurers and medical management firms. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
There’s nothing that makes our mama hearts beam like a happy + healthy babe!
Lovebug Frequently Asked Questions
What are probiotics?
Probiotics literally means “for life.” At LoveBug, when we use the term probiotics, we’re talking about the good bacteria which live inside of your gut. They make up your microbiome, affecting your immune system, controlling your serotonin levels, and having lots of other positive effects on your body. LoveBug probiotics are the good bugs, helping your body - and you - feel good from the inside out!
Which probiotic is right for me?
If you haven’t tried probiotics before, we often recommend starting with our digestive health probiotic, Here’s the Skinny. Digestive troubles like diarrhea, IBS, IBD and bloating are also a good indicator that Here’s the Skinny is a good place to start. For women who struggle with UTIs and yeast infections, Yeast is a Beast is for you. Cold season? Constant runny nose? Always home from work sick? Try out Colds SUCK. Our infants and kids products, Tiny Tummies and Little Ones, are staged by age. Labor of Love is for pregnant and nursing mamas.
Are your probiotics vegan?
Yes! All our probiotics are vegan friendly!
When is the best time to take probiotics?
The best time to take your probiotics is in the morning, before breakfast, with a cool glass of water. For more info, read our post, Probiotics 101: When's the Best Time to Take Probiotics?.
Can I take more than one probiotic at once?
Yes! You can take any combination of supplements you think would work best for your body, as our products complement each other to make your body feel and work it’s best. Our probiotics are condition specific (i.e. Immune health, women’s health, digestive health etc.) and the more exposure to healthy bacteria, the healthier your overall immune system will be!
Do I have to refrigerate my probiotics?
No need - we are shelf stable for 24 months, thanks to our patented delivery technology called bio-tract. However, if you would like to pop them in the refrigerator, feel free to do so.
What is a gut dysbiosis?
Gut dysbiosis is a microbial imbalance of the gastrointestinal system. It can be caused by antibiotics, alcohol use, poor diet, stress and other factors. (LINK GUT DYSBIOSIS DOWNLOAD LINK HERE)
Why do LoveBug Probiotics have fewer CFUs than other brands?
We use a patented time-release coating called BIO-tract® technology, scientifically proven to be 15x more effective than standard veggie capsules and powders. In other words,15x as many of our CFUs make it past your stomach acid barrier and deep into your gastrointestinal tract (which is where your microbiome lives!) This means our digestive health probiotic, Here’s the Skinny has 10 billion CFUs, but it’s comparable to a 150 billion CFU capsule!
Can I take probiotics while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Absolutely! In fact, we have a product specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers called Labor of Love, which is meant to be taken throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding, though any of our probiotics are safe for nursing mamas.
Are your products allergen free?
We’re happy to say that we are made without GMOs, yeast, gluten, nuts, sugar, lactose, soy, chemicals, preservatives, and artificial colors or flavors.
Where are you based?
The LoveBug Lab is located in New York, New York. Each step in our production process also takes place right here in the U.S.A. We are proudly American-made!
Are any of your strains from spores?
Nope! We only use strains that are found naturally in the human body.
Can I crush/blend the probiotic tablets?
Feel free to break the tablets in half or a few pieces to make them easier to swallow. However, we do not recommend completely crushing the tablets into a powder, as it destroys the BIO-tract technology, making them less effective.
Do you ship internationally?
Unfortunately, we aren’t yet shipping internationally. But check back with us, as we’re always looking to grow. Instagram is a great tool for keeping track of where LoveBug is going; as we expand, we’ll be sure to update our followers.
Can men take Yeast is a Beast?
Yeast is a Beast is specially formulated with women's health in mind and contains bacteria strains naturally found in the vagina to balance pH and help battle and existing or recurring yeast infections and UTIs. However, all of our products are safe for general consumer use.
Can I buy your probiotics in a store?
Yes! We are available in a range of stores across the US. To easily find LoveBug products at a store closest to you, go ahead and click on “Store Locator” at the top of the page.
Are your probiotics 3rd party tested?
All of our products are cGMP certified and adhere to the strictest guidelines for quality control. We test our products during production, after production and during and after co-packing.
Some of the probiotic tablets inside my bottle are broken. Are they still effective?
We’re careful to pack our bottles with organic cotton to protect the tablets during shipping. However, sometimes the shipping process is a bit bumpier than expected. Rest assured, however that the pills are still 100% effective (even if broken!) That's due to our patented delivery technology called Bio Tract, which keeps the healthy bacteria safe until it reaches the lower GI tract. So even though some of the tablets are broken, they're all still just as effective and potent!
Is there a detox phase when I start taking probiotics?
Because LoveBug probiotics are 15 times more effective than any standard probiotic capsule on the market, you may feel some initial changes (and not surprisingly, you may be visiting the porcelain throne more regularly!) No need to fret—it just means some very positive changes are happening inside! Repopulating your system can put you through a detoxification process that can sometimes result in feeling slightly worse (gas, diarrhea, bloating, etc.) before feeling better. It’s the good bugs, hard at work!