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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Help Reduce Bloating

Bloating: it's horrible. Actually, that’s an understatement. To me, being bloated is one of my least favorite things. No one likes feeling fat and sluggy. Personally, I am most self-conscience about my stomach since I had a major gut when I was younger and it just reminds me of those dreadful years. 

Besides period bloating, I take extreme caution against bloating, especially during the summer time and/or when I have shoots planned . That’s where probiotics come in.

Why we need probiotics: Our gut is home to over 500 bacterial species. These “visitors” form a bioreactor, which facilitates digestion, provides nutrients, and helps form the immune system. Some important nutrients made by this bioreactor include several B vitamins, vitamin K, folate, and some short-chain fatty acids. The “good bacterias” in probiotics are used to prevent and alleviate many different conditions, but particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal tract.” (The Dr. OZ Show website) 

So essentially, by taking care of the good bacteria in your gut, you also create a better immune system, help digestion, and overall help with reducing bloating. Every morning I religiously take a probiotic liquid or pill (from Whole Foods) to help stimulate the good bacteria! Sometimes I eat a yogurt that has “live and active cultures” labels if I don’t have access to probiotics. However, I try to steer away from eating dairy/yogurt because the stomach takes forever to process it.

Another great source of probiotics is a drink called kombucha. I usually get the Multi-Green Synergy Kombucha (you can find it in Whole Foods, Safeway, etc) because it has the least amount of sugar in it. It's one of my favorite drinks!

I would recommend asking your doctor or going into your local Whole Foods store and speaking with the sales associate about a brand that best fits you. They are usually knowledgable about their probiotic brands.