8 Aug 2012
Up until a few years ago, I had never heard the term probiotics. Not when I was a newlywed at a healthy, normal weight, not when I gained 150 pounds and lived for 10 years as a morbidly obese woman, and not even when I lost 150 pounds.
Probiotics was nowhere on my radar. In fact, if someone had used that term I might have thought they said “robotics rather than probiotics!”
A few years ago, when one of my children had a bout of an intestinal illness, I took him to the doctor. After examining him to make sure there was nothing serious going on, she recommended making sure he was eating foods that contained probiotics such as yogurt with live cultures, and that I might want to consider giving him a supplement with probiotics in it to help shorten the duration of his illness.
I looked at her blankly. She went on to explain to me that probiotics are a live microorganism, mostly bacteria, which mimic the good microorganisms that we have naturally in our intestinal system. She told me that the National Institutes of Health and several studies have shown that probiotics can sometimes help kids with intestinal issues and likely have other health benefits as well. I listened and then promptly went to the health food store and bought some yogurt and a small bottle of the probiotics she had recommended.
My little guy got better and his illness faded from memory. What did not fade from memory was her talk to me about the health benefits of probiotics. From then on, I made sure that we ate yogurt on a regular basis and gave the kids probiotics that she recommended whenever they had tummy trouble.
Fortunately, I have rarely had problems with my stomach. Back problems? Yes. Tummy trouble? Not so much. However, several friends who suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome also make sure to include probiotics in their diets both through foods they ate such as yogurt, kefir, supplements from the health food store, and probiotics bars like those from Attune.
I am all about making sure that I am not only feeding my family the healthiest foods I can afford and find, but also want to make sure that they are getting the nutrients they need. Probiotics included.
What is your experience with probiotics? Ever heard of them or tried them? I’d love to hear your experiences.
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