How Probiotics Helped my Entire Family
There’s been so much talk of probiotics in the media lately. There are now thousands of studies touting the benefits these little invisible bacteria have for human health. It’s quite profound, and might even seem too good to be true until you experience it yourself. Probiotics can help us to have healthy bowel function and support the immune system.
My own family has benefitted immensely since we started taking a high-quality probiotic supplement, and way beyond just digestive health. The benefits of probiotics are extensive and have helped my family in a multitude of ways.
One of the biggest changes for me is my mental health, probiotics have significantly helped to improve my mood and stabilize the ups and downs. They’ve helped my skin from breaking out all the time and my serotonin levels feel much more stable now.
My partner has always suffered from digestive issues and chronic stomach aches. After a while on probiotics he started to have fewer complaints about a sore tummy after a meal.
Probiotics have changed my child’s ability to focus. She will often be much calmer and better able to maintain concentration when taking probiotics. What most people don’t know is there’s a strong link between brain health and gut health. If my child has to take antibiotics I make sure to load her up with extra probiotics to balance it out and protect her precious brain.
We don’t always take a supplement for probiotics because fermented foods when eaten daily are just as powerful. However, kids aren’t always keen on sauerkraut and kefir so I do recommend a probiotic daily for children. My favourite probiotic is called HMF Multi Strain by Genestra, and their kid and baby versions are great too. They have so many great lines of probiotics that are tailored to support you in different life and health stages. If you are looking for something that will work with your specific health needs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you to select one that will work best for you.
You can find these probiotics on my website under the Products > Supplements tab.
- HMF Multi Strain is a great moderate level maintenance probiotic that contains 16 strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis.
- HMF Intensive 500 has the highest concentration of CFU available in Canada. Great if you are battling more severe digestive issues or food intolerances, or have recently taken antibiotics. It helps improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
- HMF Women’s Daily Chewable contains probiotics and cranberry to support vaginal and urinary tract health, support intestinal health, restore and maintain healthy vaginal flora, and help to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in women.
- HMF Maternity provides probiotic support for pregnant women.
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Incorporating fermented foods and probiotics really changed our lives for the better. Who would’ve thought the invisible world could have such a drastic positive effect!
A healthy microbiome doesn’t have just one or two types of healthy bacteria, it has hundreds! You may take a single strain like lactobacillus for a month or two then change to a multi-strain formula and so on. When you rotate and change things up, you encourage bacteria diversity and you allow the good guys to take hold. You can also switch things up based on how your body feels when you are taking different probiotics. Our family often takes a two week break from probiotic supplements. We get our probiotic boost from cultured foods and beverages when we aren't taking a daily supplement. Experiment and see what makes your body feel best.
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