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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Sore Muscles???

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So if your new to workouts, or even very experienced in the fitness world, sore muscles is just something your not going to be able to avoid. And if you have avoided it… please tell me your secret lol. . . . either that, or you’re doing something wrong.

 

To prevent:

  • Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug before your workout. (AKA Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • Stretch and warm up before your workouts.
  • Drink a shit ton of water – all day, everyday!
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Make sure your diet is in check

 

To sooth:

  • Epsom Salt bath
  • Icy Hot
  • More exercise, when the muscle tissue is warn its less sore rather than when its cold.
  • Good nutrition
  • Ice your muscles
  • Hot/cold shower
  • Get a massage
  • WATER WATER WATER

 

 

 

HELP! I’m not used to working out and my feet hurt.

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This was a question from a reader of mine. So your all excited, your making healthier choices about life and you decide to start working out regularly. Until…. OUCH! my feet are killing me.. I’m sure you’ll probably experience this if your new to the fitness and workout world. Well here are some quick ways to help ease the pain and help prevent it too.

  • Massages always help. At night massage the balls of your feel or where ever its hurting for that matter. It will help them from cramping up at night too. Soak your feet in Epson salts.
  • Wear some decent shoes people! I know its hard to pay $50 bucks for a pair of Nikes or Asics, but do it. It will be one of your best investments, they will last longer, they have better arches and your feet will love you a whole lot better than if you were to wear some cheep shoes from Wal-Mart. Find a good pair that are good for your feet too, don’t just go off of brand names. If you need a higher arch, or wider toes.. Take the time to find the right pair.
  • If your shoes don’t have a good arch, there are inserts you can out inside your shoes to help with that as well.
  • Don’t get too excited all at once… HAha, its ok to be excited, but don’t over-do it the first week. Wean yourself into fitness otherwise you might get A. burned out too fast, or, B. hurt your feet ..and your body for that matter and you’ll be too sore to go back for like a week.
  • Elevate your feet when you sleep.

Hope this helps! Keep at it guys. You all are awesome! 🙂