I’ve been complaining a lot about my stomach lately. I’ve complained to you all about looking 3 mos. pregnant. I complain all day to my mom and husband of stomach pains and just a general plethora of annoyances that go along with IBS. I’ve always had stomach issues. I’ve mentioned I was on antibiotics in high school for acne and ever since then have had digestive issues on and off. Lately it’s been more on then off and I have had it!
First off, in case you don’t know-Our gut contains good and bad bacteria. When the good and bad bacteria is out of balance, stomach issues arise. When doing research for THIS post, I realized that when you kill the bacteria in your gut, good and bad, the imbalance can also effect your immune system as well as your skin.
Replenishing healthy bacteria in our body is so MEGA IMPORTANT!! Probiotics are an easy way to do this!
>>If you have ever taken antibiotics, and definitely if you have just finished a round or are currently taking them, you need to replenish your gut STAT. Often times with antibiotics you will suffer major stomach issues and a possible yeast infection. As a rule of thumb-avoid antibiotics if you can. They are seriously awful for you.<<
Benefits of Taking Probiotics:
- Less Gas
- Less Stomach Pain
- Stronger Immune System
- Increased secretion of serotonin-the “happy neurotransmitter”
- Clearer skin
- Increase in yeast
So on a personal note: I’ve been pretty familiar with probiotics for a long time. The problem with probiotics for me is that most of them require you to take them on an empty stomach. Honestly-it’s rare my stomach is ever empty-lol, not really. Anyway, I would always forget to take them and therefore never reap the benefits. My stomach issues have gotten so bad lately that I decided to really commit to taking my probiotic 3x a day. I also thought of ways of increasing foods rich in probiotics, like yogurt. The result? My tummy has lost that pot-belly pig look. The discomfort I normally feel due to poor digestion has diminished at least 90%. I seriously feel skinny. My gut has been so out there for so many months now that I just assumed I had gained weight and had some seriously loose stomach muscles. I’m so thrilled to have these results-and the results were almost immediate. Go HERE for the probiotic I’m taking.
Foods That Increases the Good Bacteria in Your Gut: (beyond probiotics)
- Miso Soup-Next time you go for Asian food-don’t forget the soup!
- Yogurt-I make a veggie dip with yogurt instead of sour cream and have stumbled upon some tasty popsicles made with yogurt rather then ice cream!
- Kefir–Go HERE for a recipe that sounds really easy and possibly yummy!
- Saurkraut-I’ve got nothing to say about this cause I haven’t tried it. Apparently you can find preservative free in the freezer section at Whole Foods. It’s worth a try now that I know it’s high in probiotics!
- Kombucha–Never tried this either but it’s rapidly gaining popularity for it’s health benefits, so it’s time to try it-Anyone have suggestions??!!
- Apple Cider Vinegar-It contains fermented apples which aids in digestion! Go HERE for a really refreshing daily drink recipe!
Other Healthy Habits to Soothe and Support the Gut:
- Drink less liquid during meals-Liquid will dilute the hydrchloric acid which is essential in digestion
- Eat fermented foods just before meals, like yogurt, kombucha, kefir and sour cream.
- Reduce SUGAR-Sugar feeds bad bacteria!
- Take Digestive Enzymes or a Hydrcholoric Acid supplement-They will help aid your body in digestion. I’ve ordered mine, so I can’t say I’ve personally tried this yet.
- Get friendly with Bone Broth-Another habit I will be exploring in the next week.
Also, don’t forget about the kiddos! Many studies have shown that kids that take probiotics are much healthier then kids that don’t. My girls take THIS probiotic. I used the powder form when they were babies-but this liquid probiotic can be given to babies and is much more effective.
Basically, to sum this up-Don’t under estimate what a balanced gut will do for your overall health. It’s a small sacrifice to try to manage when my stomach is empty and take a little pill. The amazing relief I’ve experienced is just priceless.
P.S. A couple more thoughts-I have been reading about adding probiotics to diy skin care recipes. Not only does our gut contains good and bad bacteria and need to maintain balance-Our skin does as well. It’s food for thought!
Also, a newborn’s skin is dependent on skin on skin time with momma as soon as it’s born so the micro flora (also known as healthy bacteria) from the mother can be transferred to the baby. This process is essential to the babies immune system. I found much more info. on this and I’m thinking of a whole post on babies and the importance of caring for their skin properly. Thoughts?
P.S. Go HERE for a more detailed post on my favorite probiotic I swear by!