Trust Your Gut: Dishing on Probiotics
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As I’ve said before, I’m not a doctor. Just sharing what has worked for me. Check with your doctor before taking supplements.
I started taking a probiotic back in 2016. I’ve tried several different kinds and recently stopped taking them earlier this year, because I thought it was making my gut worse. Turns out it can, but that’s another story for another day. I mentioned recently that I had started taking turmeric -see why I started taking turmeric here. The same brand who makes my turmeric supplement, Ora Organics, also makes a probiotic! Two kinds to be exact… a capsule and a powder.
Soooo what exactly is a probiotic? They are living microorganisms that aid in gut health. “Gut health” has recently been a topic of discussion, because it is fairly new. When I first told my doctor that I had begun taking a probiotic, she was really glad I had. She said that she used to think that she took care of her gut, but just because you eat right and take care of your body, doesn’t mean your gut is healthy…Probiotics are there to help you out! Basically, they imitate healthy microbes already in the digestive system. The microbiome where they “live” is connected to of course digestion, but also the immune system, mood balance, and helps ward off certain bacterial, fungal, and yeast infections. When you are stressed, eat a lot of processed/junk food, drink alcohol, your microbiome can be thrown off balance. Even things that are “good” for you like medicine to cure something or exercise, can throw of your body’s balance. When you take a probiotic, you are helping your microbiome maintain balance!
There are a myriad of probiotics out there, so what should you be looking for and what makes Ora’s so great? I’ll tell ya, so listen up! Something that you should look for that Ora Organic’s has is a prebiotic! It basically helps probiotics work better and faster. They help the good bacteria flourish in your gut, so your probiotics can actually work! You might hear that for probiotics to really work, they need to be refrigerated. You can refrigerate Ora’s, but they are already freeze-dried, so that are ready to go! You don’t want a probiotic with fillers, artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Don’t worry 😉 Ora doesn’t have any of those, either!
Let’s talk about price. Ora Organic’s is one of the more expensive ones I’ve tried, but I think about it kind of like I would organic fruit, or the cruelty-free and nontoxic beauty products I’ve recently gotten into… It costs more money to make things without fillers or harmful synthetic ingredients, so yeah. It makes sense for something of higher quality to cost more. If I’m going to be putting something in my body, I want it to be that good good, or why am I using it. Right?! Side note, the capsule is cheaper than the powder. In my opinion it is easier to take and if you want to sprinkle it on your food or drink, you can just break the capsule open. The powder does have a little bit of natural flavor to it as well, so if you are looking for a yummy treat or to consistently mix in with smoothies, the powder might be better for you.
Why did I start taking them? To be quite frank, sometimes I have trouble going to the bathroom, so I thought it would help keep me more regular, especially when I’m traveling! I recently read that probiotics can help with hormonal acne as well! Since I stopped taking mine, I noticed that my chin (an area that has been troubling for me in the past), just would not clear up! The only thing I really changed wassss stopping my probiotic, so I’m hoping to see some acne results soon. My chin is healing, but I have a breakout on my forehead and I’m trying to see if it helps there as well. Ora Organics touts that their probiotic blend has been clinically documented to improve digestive health, immune function, mood balance, hair and skin health, provide pathogen fighting support. #wow Also, just to note, these probiotics are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-gmo, and soy-free. #YAY
Do you take a probioitic? Do you have a favorite brand? Holla at me in the comments below!
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