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Monday, March 23, 2015

Getting My Gut Straight: The REAL Scoop On Probiotics & Why Many Are a Waste

So, you've noticed that I'm talking more and more about using things that are natural, organic, whole, and such...whether it's in my hair, on my face, or in my body.
But why?

Let's just say that I'm on a quest. My quest is to get myself as healthy as possible. Not just my body, but my mind, soul, all of it. This quest has me sleeping more. Eating more REAL food that has no weird, man-made crap in it. Putting natural concoctions on my body instead of chemical ones. Spending more time with God. Lifting heavier things. Doing yoga to unwind and de-stress. Playing with my kids more.
Spending more time outdoors in the sunshine.
It's a long process, because there is so much information at my fingertips, literally. A lot of it conflicts. Don't eat fat...do eat fat...calories don't matter...calories are the be-all, end-all. It takes time to sort through it all and figure out what makes sense to me.
Then you have to put the information into action.
This post is about my guts. It's not exhaustive, either. It's bits and pieces that I've found which solid research backs.
I ditched grains a while back. I ditched sugar before that. I recently gave up all soda (Coke Zero was my occasional thing) and then coffee, except for an occasional (maybe twice a week) indulgence. I started making my own bone broth which is jam-packed with gut-healing properties. I also grab a Kombucha drink every other week, which provides me with fermented gut-helping goodness (I tried Kimchi, and Good Lord Above, I was NOT intended to eat THAT!). I don't eat yogurt because of the sugar/carb content, so I've been looking to probiotics to help me get my gut biome up to standard.
That, friends, leads me to the real point of this post...Probiotics.
If you don't know WHY we need probiotics, watch this quick, cute video:
(It's only 2 minutes long & kind-of entertaining, I promise)
If you think that eating yogurt or drinking Kombucha is enough...or that taking your current probiotic is going to get you where you want to be, please refer to this post, which tells you The 4 Reasons Most Probiotic Supplements are Ineffective.
So, now you can see why you need probiotics and why many of the ones out there are a waste of your time, money and efforts. Let me introduce you to Hyperbiotics Pro-15.
I'm not going to rehash all the same stats and info that the previous post and video already relayed to you. I'm going to tell you about my experience with it.
  1. There's the size and ease of taking it. It's a very small pearl. It's no problem at all for me (or even my kids) to swallow. I hate taking pills, though I do actually take quite a few for various health issues, so it's great that these are so small.
  2. There was no gastric distress at all. Though, I have read that when you first start fixing your gut, there can be a "dying off" period, where the bad bacteria are dying and can produce lots of gas, maybe some cramping, and general, fairly mild stomach distress. Typically nothing too bad. For me, there was none of that. Perhaps because I have already been taking measures to get my guts straightened out?
  3. The price is comparable to (or less than) what I've paid for other "top of the line" probiotics in the past. It's $25, shipped to you from the Hyperbiotics website. It's $24.95 on Amazon, with free Prime shipping for Prime members.
  4. And extremely important to me...
  • No Sugar
  • Non-GMO
  • No Soy
  • No Artificial Flavors or Colors
  • No Preservatives
  • Lactose Free
  • No Chemicals
  • Yeast Free
  • No Iron
  • No Nuts
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • No Eggs
  • Vegetarian
If you're still not convinced that you need to use probiotics to get your tummy straightened out...or you don't have any tummy troubles that you can tell, please at least consider using probiotics any time you or a family member must take antibiotics of any kind(I have done this for a while now for myself or my kids, as it was recommended by my doctor).
When the course of antibiotics is done, start taking probiotics so you can repopulate the good bacteria in your guts before the bad bacteria can possibly take over.
Some of the results of overpopulation of bad bacteria (and this is certainly not exhaustive): dandruff, skin problems, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, gassiness, cravings for sugar or dairy products, tummy distress, heartburn or reflux, yeast infections, headache, body odor, bad breath, and more. If you want to know more about this subject, all you need to do is Google "gut biome". You'll find more than you ever knew was out there!
Have you ever considered a probiotic? 
Did you know that yogurts and other foods don't provide very much probiotic help because of the stomach acid killing most of the good bacteria? Did you realize that antibiotics kill off all bacteria, not just "bad" ones? Did you know we NEED the good bacteria to function properly? 

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary for review purposes. I received no other compensation for it. My honest opinion is, as always, completely my own and represents my true feelings about a product. I am not a medical professional and am not attempting to give medical advice. Always seek a medical professional if you have a medical issue/problem/question.