Taking a probiotic can help solve a lot of digestive issues, but not all are created equal. Here’s one that you’ll definitely want to check out.
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It seems like digestive issues are becoming more and more prevalent. I can’t tell you how often I talk to people who are suffering with one problem or another, whether it be acid reflux, irregularity, stomach aches…the list goes on. These problems can obviously be caused or exacerbated by Celiac Disease, food allergies, and/or EOE, and I’ve learned that a lot of folks (whether they have one of these diagnoses or not) are suffering in one way or another.
Of course our diets and lifestyles determine in part how well our digestive system functions, and there are a few things we can do there. One of those things (as I’m sure you’re aware), is taking a probiotic. Along with that, regular exercise and a healthy diet of real foods will also help. Now, my hubby and I have been kicking around the idea of trying probiotics for a while. I’m a little quirky because if I’m faced with a lot of options, I get overwhelmed and then take forever (for-ever) to choose one. Ask my hubby about the last time we went out to eat 😉 Well, that quirky habit kicked in and I just didn’t know where to start.
- How different are all the brands of probiotics? Does it really matter which one I pick?
- How do I know I’m getting a probiotic that will actually work?
- Which strain of probiotic is the best?
- Are probiotics really worth the cost?
After I had been stewing over this for a while, a company called Imagilin contacted me and asked if I would like to try their (relatively) new probiotics, NutriLots. They sent over a bottle of the peach capsules to try and I was instantly impressed. This brand is different than any others that I have researched. There are 60 capsules in a bottle, so we each took one a day for a full month. After about a week, I noticed a huge difference in the way that I felt. My hubby had a similar experience. A lot of those symptoms we had been experiencing either disappeared or improved.
So…let’s talk probiotics in general for a minute. A plethora of good bacteria as well as bad bacteria are found in your digestive tract. Problems arise when you have an overwhelming amount of the bad stuff, and not enough good bacteria. You can have symptoms such as bloating, gas, irregularity, diarrhea, cramping, acid reflux. Not fun. What you want to do is bump up the number of good bacteria (probiotics!), and they’ll overwhelm the bad bacteria, which will make your gut (and you!) a little happier. Makes sense, right?
Well, most probiotics on the market are either made from the lactobacillus or bifidobacterium strains of bacteria. These strains have been used for quite some time and work pretty well. But they have a few limitations that you may or may not be aware of. I put together a little infographic so you can easily see the differences:
NutriLots uses a relatively new strain of good bacteria called Pediococcus that doesn’t share any of these limitations. You can keep your bottle of NutriLots at room temp, making it easier to store and take with you if you’re travelling. The biggest benefit is that where a large portion of the other strains of good bacteria are destroyed by your stomach acid before they even reach your gut, you can be sure that all the NutriLots probiotics are making it to your gut, where they can do their job. NutriLots probiotics come in many varieties/flavors. You can swallow them as a pill or, because of the flavors (we tried peach), you can open the capsule to mix into smoothies, protein shakes, yogurt, etc. Last, but not least, NutriLots is currently the only brand I’m aware of that makes Pediococcus probiotics.
If you would like to try NutriLots for yourself, you can use the link and coupon code below to receive a 10% discount on your order. NutriLots also sells probiotics for animals (who knew?), but this coupon code is only good for the probiotics made for humans, such as ourselves 😉
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A few things to expect when you try NutriLots probiotics:
- You should start seeing results a week or two after you begin taking NutriLots. You may experience more gas than usual as your body adjusts to the different bacteria, this is temporary 😉 Everyone’s experience is a little different. You may notice a big difference after just a few days or you might experience more gradual results.
- Probiotics work best if you take them consistently. Just find a time of day to take it and stick with that so you don’t forget. I always take mine before bed, while my hubby isn’t one for swallowing pills so he opens up the capsule and tosses the probiotic into his protein shakes in the mornings. You can also stir it into yogurt or dissolve in juice or water.
Let me know if you try NutriLots, and what your experience is. I would love to hear your thoughts!