Mission Group/BigsteelBox 2013 Christmas Party
Staying healthy for the holidays is always a challenge unless you have the proper tools. Before I started educating myself on how to keep my immune system healthy, I would literally get the flu every year right before Christmas. My Decembers were filled with planning family dinners, running to one Christmas party after the other and consuming lots of holiday sugars on the weekends. Last year, after having Bennett, my immune system was so low that I ended up getting so sick I had to go to the hospital…I knew I needed to change something! What was the answer to this question of staying healthy over the holidays?!
Digestive disorders happen when the balance of friendly bacteria in our intestines is compromised. This can happen from infection or after taking antibiotics.. Intestinal problems arise when the lining of the intestines are damaged. This is where probiotics come in and help! “Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines,” says Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These friendly organisms may also help fight bacteria that cause diarrhea. When are gut is happy and healthy, our body receives more nutrition from our foods, vitamins, minerals and builds up our immune systems. Introducing good bacteria “probiotics” challenges our immune systems in a positive way!
What probiotics do I use?
For the little men in my life I use Flora Baby. Every morning I put a little scoop in Bennett and McCarthy’s water/juice. I know making decisions for our children’s health can seem overwhelming and costly at times, but this product is worth your investment! Your stress levels will go down because the bacteria at daycare, Sunday school and the playgrounds is not as scary when you know your child’s immune system is built up!
For myself I choose Pro-Biotik 15B. When it comes to Probitics, there are tons of options and lots of confusion to go along with it.
What to look for in a probiotic?
A well-know and trusted brand
Choose a probiotic supplement from a trustworthy manufacturer which provides research and thorough information about the product.
Billions of live bacteria at the time of expiration
15 billion and upwards of live probiotics in each capsule is a good recommendation. Look for a supplement that displays potency at time of expiration. A lot of the ingested microorganisms won’t survive through the gastrointestinal tract, and more bacteria usually means better survival rates.
Several different bacterial strains
Different strains of bacteria have different survival rates and health benefits. Choosing a supplement with strains from different groups of probiotic bacteria will be the best bet in ensuring optimal results.
The health benefits of certain microorganisms have been well documented through research and clinical trials. Each manufacturer should be able to provide proof that their probiotic supplement contain well-researched and health promoting strains of bacteria.
Acid and bile resistant
The stomach acid and bile will kill a lot of microorganisms. Selecting a probiotic supplement with acid and bile resistant strains will ensure optimal survival.
Some probiotic supplements have enteric coating or other delivery systems that are supposed to ensure survival. Using these types of delivery systems raises some concerns:
– Their effectiveness varies and few manufacturers provide proof that their coating ensures survival
– If these microorganisms aren’t supposed to survive through the GI tract, is it wise to artificially ensure their survival?
– Some enteric coatings use synthetic ingredients
– Beneficial microorganisms from natural sources don’t have any enteric coating.
When putting this post together, I was thinking over some of the events, Christmas parties and times with friends and family that I’m so glad I have been a part of. I came across this video from my friend Alanna’s wedding and had to share it! This is a perfect example of moments I’m so glad I did not miss! I hope this brings a smile to your face.