Hi blog buds!
How was your St. Patrick’s Day? Glad to know some of you might give AVOCADO a try in your future smoothies! I’m tellin’ ya, it’s GOOD!
Speaking of good things, you all know I’m kind of a freak when it comes to good digestion (almost as much of a freak as I am about getting to sleep on time!) When my digestive tract goes awry, let’s just say I’m not a happy camper. Luckily with the my current nutrition habits, poor digestive days are fewer than they used to be. But that doesn’t stop me from taking PROACTIVE action on a daily basis by taking probiotics every day.
In addition to the digestive benefits, I also like knowing that they give my immune system a boost.
Did you know that about 80% of your immune system is located in your gut?¹ So making sure you have lots of “good” bacteria in there is key to boosting your chances of defending against that coughing co-worker or sniffling friend. With the change of seasons at hand, now is the time that you’ll notice people getting those spring colds.
Yogurt seems to get all the credit for providing probiotics. Since I avoid consuming cow’s dairy, yogurt isn’t my go-to choice for probiotics anymore. Here are my three favorite non-dairy options:
1.) Ultimate Probiotic 12/12 Formula: I take one capsule of these each morning with breakfast (and if I think I’ll need an extra immune boost, like on a day I’ll be in a crowd of people, i.e., flying) I might even take two. Some say you should take your probiotics on an empty stomach for maximum effectiveness but I have a tendency toward nausea when I take things like vitamins on an empty stomach. Do what works best for you.
2.) Synergy Kombucha Tea – I drink this whenever the budget allows. It’s one of my favorite ‘health foods’ and this brand claims to contain Lactobacillus Bacterium and S. Boulardii.
3.) Good Belly – my friend’s husband started taking this after his doc recommended it for some tummy troubles. I’d seen them at the grocery store, but passed them by because they were located by the yogurt. I mistakenly assumed they had dairy in them. Then I learned that they are DAIRY FREE! I just started taking these about 10 days ago and while I can’t yet speak to any immune boost, I can say that I have noticed an improvement in …um, ahem… regularity.
Plus who can resist drinking out of a smiley face every morning?
Today’s discussion: Do you take probiotics? What are your favorites? Did you notice a difference when you started taking them?
Have a terrific Thursday everyone!
– Shari B. =)
¹Dr. Joseph Mercola; “Enhance Your Immune System with the Benefits of Probiotics”; http://www.drmercola.biz/2009/04/enhance-your-immune-system-with.html (accessed March 18, 2010)