If you had asked me five years ago what probiotics were, I would have had ZERO idea. The truth is, I didn’t start to really turn my health around until 2016 when I got my first food sensitivity results and shortly afterward, had a miscarriage. I thought eating healthy and lean foods would be okay even though they weren’t organic. Plus, who needed vitamins when I was at a healthy weight and eating “clean?” WRONG
I found out from my sensitivity test that I had over 40 sensitivities (on top of reoccurring eczema, fatigue, and bloatiness). At the time, my integrative doctor recommended changing my diet and adding in probiotics. WTH were probiotics?
Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain live microorganisms intended to maintain or improve the “good” bacteria (normal microflora) in the body. There are actually dozens of different probiotic bacteria that have been shown to have health benefits. The most common groups include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Then there are many different species within each group, and each species has many strains. According to Harvard, the potential benefits of probiotics have been seen in the treatment or prevention of
- irritable bowel syndrome
- ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- H. pylori (the cause of ulcers)
- vaginal infections
- urinary tract infections
- recurrence of bladder cancer
- infection of the digestive tract caused by Clostridium difficile
- pouchitis (a possible side effect of surgery that removes the colon)
- eczema in children
After taking probiotics and eating a lot of fermented foods, I noticed a SIGNIFICANT change in my digestive system. One of the biggest being less bloatey and regular movements-something I haven’t experienced for almost a decade. Because of the benefits, I’ve continued taking daily probiotics since 2016, thru my pregnancy, and still today.
Knowing how important gut health is to me, I’ve also implemented daily probiotic usage to our entire family, including the pups and Liam (they’ve both showed signs of digestive issues early on). After about two months on probiotics, both the dogs and Liam’s stools tightened up and are normal. Praise Jesus! I specifically chose Upspring Baby Probiotics for Liam because the ingredients are non GMO, does not contain gluten, dairy, lactose, sugar, added colors or preservatives. Perfect for a mom who’s anal about ingredients. Although I’m not thrilled with the contents of vaccines nowadays, I can at least provide a holistic and all natural lifestyle for my son. Same goes with our puppies.