Life has a way of throwing us curve balls. Working from home and being a Mom of three very active daughters, even my planned days never quite work out the way they should. There is always a party or school function I find out about at the last minute. We are often rearranging our schedule to fit in different assignments or playdates. Then there are the dreaded school germs which seem to make their way into my house on a regular basis. I just can’t afford to be sick for days at a time with all that I have on my plate. Parents just don’t get the luxury of taking sick days so staying healthy is at the top of my to-do list.
My Doctor Suggested Taking Probiotics
About a year ago, I went to my doctor after getting sick for the third time in just a matter of a couple of months. I was surprised to hear that she wanted me to consider taking probiotics. I had heard about them before but never really thought it was something that would be beneficial to me since I didn’t think I had “digestive issues”. She explained that if my goal was to lead a healthier lifestyle, a healthy gut is very important to reaching those goals.
As I would later come to find out, a healthy gut can also help with anxiety issues.
What are Probiotics and What Do They Do?
- Probiotics are good bacteria that support many essential bodily functions. Your body needs beneficial bacteria for a number of things, including healthy digestion. The digestive process helps you absorb the nutrients from your foods so they can be used to keep you healthy and energized.
- Probiotics help maintain the delicate balance between the good bacteria in your gut microbiome, which is made up of trillions of bacteria and is considered a key to overall health.
- Research has now shown that you can alter your gut bacteria in a way that positively affects your mood and brain function and help with anxiety and depression.
Our Hectic Lives.
Recently, my family and I have been doing a lot of local traveling. Diet, travel, changes in routine and stress can disrupt your natural balance of good bacteria. Probiotics supplements your digestive system with good bacteria to help maintain digestive balance so, you can continue doing the things you love to do. And we really love traveling as a family. I always make sure that no matter where we are headed, I always pack my probiotics. The great part about it is if I run out, or forget (because Mom brain is real), there is always a nearby grocery store or drug store where I can pick some up.
My choice is Align probiotics though there are a number of them on the market, so I recommend doing your research and talking to your physician before buying.
Surprisingly, I’ve noticed that since I’ve been taking probiotics and living a healthier lifestyle, I’m less prone to catching the bugs that my girls bring home and my anxiety level is much less than it used to be.
Do you take probiotics? What has your experience been like? Comment below and let me know!
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