The Importance Of Probiotics…

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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
  • Regularity
  • 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!
  • KefirGo 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!
  • KombuchaNever 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!

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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.

xx, Jenni

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!  

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

5 thoughts on “The Importance Of Probiotics…”

  1. I love probiotics too and feel so much better for eating and drinking them. I have been making kombucha lately after months of being too scared to (I know, pathetic 🙂 and now I love it and it is so easy to make and tastes great second fermented with ginger or whatever flavour takes your fancy. I got my recipe for the basic kombucha brew from The Kitchn. I make kimchi too as I am not a fan of sauerkraut, I like things a spicy! But all really easy to make and lasts ages in the fridge. I used to make milk kefir but it got too much for me as no-one else would drink it in my house and those kefir grains grow like crazy. I miss it actually because I found it to be the best for my gut.

  2. I’ve recently started making kombucha at home and it’s super easy (My first batch is in progress but so far, so good)!

    Also, if you don’t mind I nominated you for the Liebster award, which aims to connect bloggers with each other. Please don’t feel obligated to participate! Here’s the link to the nomination page:

    1. Sarah! I’m excited to make my own kombucha and thank you so much for leaving your link! I need some direction before a get going!! Keep me posted on your batch!
      Thank you for nominating me!! That’s so sweet!!

  3. I have save so many times with probiotics. My gut always hurt from time to time and it hurts alot! Right now I’m taking my supplement, eating good and healthy foods to balanced the gut and I feel healthier now.

  4. I agree!! Probiotics are SO very important!! The one I’ve been taking the last 2 years is a 3-in-1. It not only has the Probiotic strains, but also digestive enzymes and an antifungal, Chitosanase – this is able to break the chitin shell of the “fungus” (whose name sounds like Canada 😉 ) and kill off the overgrowth. You can take all the probiotics in the world, but without those other two (digestive enzymes and antifungal) you’re not going to get the maximum benefit.

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