Supplement Guide: Probiotics

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What are probiotics? Why would you want to put bacteria into your body? Wouldn’t that make you sick?? NOPE! Probiotics are the GOOD bacteria that keep your system running and chuggin’ along =) They help maintain the good bacteria in your intestine, and can aid in digestion and also help with things like skin disorders (it helps with my acne), inflammation, diarrhea, gas, bloating and even IBS.

Woman tend to take probiotic mainly when they are put on medications that are an antibiotic. (things like strep, bronchitis, colds and other illness’s) Antibiotics are so strong that yes, they kill the bad bacteria and bug you’ve caught .. but they also kill the good bacteria too making your system almost weaker towards other viruses leading to the most common thing we see in women, yeast infections. So its good to take a probiotic when the doctor does prescribe you an antibiotic.

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Now there is naturally good bacteria already within your system, or at least I hope there is haha. Also foods like cultured milk products are a good way to get some good bacteria too. ie. yogurts, kefir, sauerkraut, miso soup, sourdough bread, cheeses….

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When looking at all the different probiotics out there…. your going to see billions and zillions and millions and … how do you know which one to get?!

Well, there are some that need to be refrigerated to keep the microorganisms alive and there are also ones that require no refrigeration as well, its all up to you. I don’t think you can get “too many” billions of probiotics, I personally feel better when I take a higher amount, but that’s me. You have to find what works for you. Start with a smaller dose (around 15-20 billion) and up it if you want. Try a few different brands too.

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Minty Mango Strawberry Smoothie!!

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You’ll Need:

1/2 cup mango slices (fresh or frozen)

3/4 cup apple juice

3 ice cubes

3 mint leafs

1 cup of frozen or fresh strawberries

Splash of almond milk to make it creamier (optional)

Blend it all up and go!!! YUMMM

** Helps if you blend ingredients first then add ice. **

Probiotics 101

So if you haven’t notices probiotics are kind of everywhere. They have always been around (mainly in yogurt) but as America grows more health-conscious I’ve noticed them being advertised more. So why are they important? what’s so special about these so called probiotics?

OK so lets start and the basics here, your gut. – Your gut is full of bacteria (don’t worry most of it is good bacteria). Sounds weird right? Well there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Now you don’t necessarily need to take a probiotic or down a shit ton of yogurt to be “healthy”- but it doesn’t hurt to make sure you give your immune system a little boost every now and then. Probiotics can help with digestion for those who have a hard time digesting food, and can also protect the body against the harmful bacteria too. So all in all, I like them.. I make sure I eat a yogurt every no and then… (yes dairy free yogurt still has probiotics in it -YAY)

Its always a good idea to take a probiotic when you’ve been sick or you feel like your coming down with something too because it will help fight off those “bad bugs- bacteria”. Things like stress, poor diet, your pH level being off, taking antibiotics to kill a virus like strep for example… your body needs to re-coup and get thriving again, load it up with a little probiotic love~!! =)

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You can get your probiotics from things like yogurt, pill form, sauerkraut, kefir, Good Belly brand products (dairy free) just to name a few… Id take the food form over a  pill any day, plus if you eat lots of fruits and veggies, it will make a more friendly environment for the “good” bacteria to grove and thrive.

Egg, Spinach, Tomato and Guacamole breakfast sandwich

Made this this morning! YUMMM

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You’ll need :

1 Sandwich thin

Guacamole (or 1/4 of an avocado) – I used about 1 tbsp. of Wholly Guacamole Spicy

1 Egg (cooked to liking)

A handful of spinach

3-4 tomato slices

 

Assemble like a sandwich 🙂

 

Total Weight Watcher (WW) Points : 6

 

Banana Smoothie

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Ingredients :

1 cup of milk (I like to used Vanilla Almond milk, but any milk well be just fine)

1/4 cup of finely chopped almonds

1 ripe banana  (cut it in half so it fits easier into your blender)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

And sometimes I add a little but of nutmeg and cinnamon in it too, or sprinkle it on the top.. usually about 1 teaspoon) This step is optional

 

** Add it all together in a blender and Ta-Da! Yumminess that easy to take with you anywhere!**

If you like it thicker- add more banana

if you like it thinner – add more milk

 

Enjoy