I’ve mentioned in about a dozen other posts that I have digestive issues. I’m a big advocate of probiotics and focus on eating as clean as I can. I also drink a ton of water and exercise. Seems like I should be good to go, right? Wrong. I’m bloated, constipated and uncomfortable 80% of the time. Not to mention it’s pretty normal to get asked the question, “when are you due?”. I always am thankful for my stomach issues though because by wanting relief so desperately it has put me on a journey of better choices and from that started a snowball effect into skin care and supplements.
So I made this friend a few months ago who is a huge advocate for Plexus. If you don’t know what Plexus is, let me sum it up really quick. Plexus is a company that offers an array of supplements for optimal health. They are a network marketing company that has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Chances are, you have a Facebook friend posting on the daily about how Plexus has changed their life.
What got me interested in Plexus was all the talk about gut health. I believe that all health comes from a balanced gut. Our guts are prone to growing harmful fungus like yeast. Due to diets high in processed foods and too much sugar, taking antibioitics, stress and birth control-we are all subject to yeast, or fungus in the gut. The repercussions of a fungus overgrowth are immense.
Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth:
- Seasonal allergies
- Sugar/carb cravings
- Eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
- Brain fog (including ADD and ADHD)
- Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, scleroderma, lyme disease and multiple sclerosis
- Digestive issues-constipation, diarrhea, gas, indigestion and bloating
- Yeast infections including jock itch
- Urinary tract infections
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Low energy
So what now? Most of us have several of the above symptoms and while taking a probiotic is going to increase good bacteria in the gut-it’s not going to aggressively get rid of yeast. This is a misconception I think a lot of us have, myself included. A probiotic is not enough. You also need an anti fungal treatment as well as something to make sure you are going to the bathroom regularly to rid your body of the dead, toxic yeast. Once I started researching the Plexus products aimed at gut health, this light bulb went off. I have been on a probiotic for years, and while I sometimes see some relief, it’s fleeting. I was feeling as if my probiotic was totally pointless. It probably wasn’t, it just wasn’t enough for someone suffering from yeast overgrowth symptoms.
I take 2 products for gut health. The first is Pro-Bio 5. This is triple threat of a probiotic. Not only does it fill your gut with 5 powerful strains of good bacteria, it also contains enzymes which help digestion and breakdown yeast. It also contains the powerful anti fungal, grape seed extract. Grape Seed Extract is anti fungal, anti inflammatory, anti-allergenic and an antihistamine. It is also 20 times stronger of an antioxidant then vitamin C! This anti fungal is no joke. Pro-Bio 5 also contains B6 which is essential for red blood cell metabolism as well as increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. Fungus cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment! Pro Bio 5 also contains vitamin C which is a potent antioxidant and helps support the immune system.
Because this probiotic is so strong, I suggest starting out with 1 probiotic before bed. To maintain a healthy gut, Plexus suggests taking 2 before bed (on an empty stomach). Since I know I have a yeast problem, I’m building up to 4 probiotics. I will be taking 2 in the morning and 2 at night. Once my gut is healthy, 2 probiotics a day will be sufficient.
Find Pro-Bio 5 HERE.
The second product I take is called, Bio-Cleanse. This is a supplement high in magnesium which is vital for optimal health. Basically, this supplement helps you go to the bathroom so you aren’t killing yeast faster then your body can get rid of it. Bio Cleanse also supports and further kills toxins in your body.
Plexus BioCleanse oxygenates and energizes your body while detoxifying and cleansing wastes, pathogens and plaque in the gastrointestinal tract, colon, arteries, blood,etc. As the ingredients in BioCleanse reaches the stomach’s acid environment and continues into the bloodstream, the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and bioflavonoid complex break the magnesium peroxide bond causing a softening of intestinal arterial plaque killing pathogenic microbes throughout the body. These ingredients further breakdown into oxygen which continues to purify and energize all the cells in the body. As the liquefied plaques and dead pathogens move toward leaving the body, the magnesium creates a colon flushing reaction, increasing bowel activity and preventing re-absorption of the toxins.
Bio Cleanse cleanses the entire gastro-intestinal tract and arteries as well as enhances weight loss. Due to vitamin C in the product, it also supports existing collagen as well as encourages new production! This supplement also oxygenates and energizes the entire body making the body no longer a prime environment for yeast to thrive.
Plexus suggests you take 2-4 Bio Cleanse pills a day. I take 2 with my Pro Bio 5 before bed and 2 in between breakfast and lunch.
Find Bio-Cleanse HERE.
My Personal Experience:
When I first began taking the Pro-Bio 5, I experienced bloating and discomfort. This lasted for about 3 days. Around this time, the Bio Cleanse seemed to kick in and I started going to the bathroom more. However, I am experiencing a very loose stool but have been told that once my gut health improves the loose stools will become healthier. After those initial 3 days, I could tell I was de-bloating and I began experiencing a much smaller tummy. I could tell that I was flatter and less hard and round. When I lay down, my stomach looks super thin-normally when I lay down, my stomach doesn’t lay down too! I also feel good. No gas or that constipated, heavy feeling.
I also am experiencing what’s called die-off. While my stomach looks and feels great, I got a rash on my neck and arms. My skin is itchy all over. I was getting occasional headaches and nausea. For one day I sneezed and blew my nose constantly. I’ve randomly experienced back pain as well. I’ve also been extremely tired by about 3 to the point that I’m taking cat naps-something I never do! I have other symptoms too but I’ll spare you the details! Die off is a good thing though. It means that the yeast is leaving your body. It’s annoying and gratifying at the same time. Die off has not been terrible and so worth the way my stomach feels. Plus, die off doesn’t last forever. It all depends on how much yeast your body has.
These supplements contain minimal ingredients and are made in such a way that your body can efficiently absorb them. This is not the case with the majority of vitamins and supplements on the market today. I suggest trying these 2 products if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of yeast overgrowth. To be experiencing so much die off as well as such relief with my stomach issues just amazes me.
Plexus offers a 60-day money back guarantee if you are unhappy in any way with the products. Shop Plexus HERE.
**I am not a Plexus ambassador**
Disclaimer-I am not a health care professional. I am only sharing what is working for me. Consult your physician before taking these supplements if you are in doubt.
UPDATE: Over 6 mos. after writing this post I am still using Pro-Bio 5 and Bio Cleanse. However, I have found that Bio-Cleanse is not a sufficient magnesium supplement and I take magnesium in addition to bio-cleanse. I also only take 2 Pro-Bio 5s and 2 Bio-Cleanse in the evening before bed. I continue to experience improved regularity. I experienced die-off for 2 months.