The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Florastor Probiotics.
I’ve always bragged that I had a stomach of steel. I could eat anything and nothing would bother me. I was doing everything right – eating a healthy diet full of fruits, veggies and very little processed food. I thought I had a very healthy gut.
That was the case up until about 6 months ago. I started to get more belly bloat, horrendous, room clearing gas and my BM’s changed (and not in a good way). Sorry for the TMI but we’re all friends here, right?
At first I thought it was something I was eating.
Did I have an intolerance to a food? I started by tracking my food to see if there was a correlation about how my gut was feeling with certain food. That showed nothing. Then I began to eliminate known digestive irritants – dairy, gluten, nuts and nut butter. Still nothing made it better.
I finally decided to try a probiotic. Probiotics are live bacteria or yeast cells that aid the damaged, dysfunctional, or inflamed bowel in digestion and absorption. Essentially, it helps grow good bacteria to get rid of the bad. It’s commonly found in select yogurt and soy products, pickled vegetables, and other probiotic-laden foods.
Around the same time, I read an article about endurance runners being more likely to have leaky gut syndrome. When you exercise, cells lining the intestinal wall pull apart a little bit. Gaps between cells allow things from the GI tract to leak into the bloodstream causing problems. One of them being an urgent need for a mid run potty break. Like any runner, I’ve been in that position one too many times.
Since starting a probiotic, I can honestly say that my symptoms improved within 2 weeks of taking my first dose. Then I ran out of my month supply. I knew I was going to be getting a sample of Florastor Probiotics to review so I didn’t buy another bottle. For the two weeks that I did not take any probiotic, I returned to my previous gut distress. It was not pretty as my previous symptoms returned.
Within days of taking my first Florastor Probiotic, I felt so much better. The bloat was gone. The stink was gone. And things were moving along just fine. I also noticed that I have not had any urgent bathroom breaks on my long runs either.
And that’s always a good thing!
I’m not one to take extra supplements. I’d much rather get all my nutrients through my food intake. But I’m sold on probiotics. They’ve helped my tummy so much in such a short time span that it’s something I think I need.
Do you take a probiotic?