"Do I need a probiotic?"
"Do I need to spend a lot of money on a probiotic?"
"Do I need to take a probiotic everyday?"
Common questions I hear from my clients and the same questions I asked myself before diving deep into my gut health journey. Before my gut health education I too was hella confused by all the professional gut health jargon.
The truth is, you are exposed to stores and websites LINED with probiotics supplements which leaves you confused and empty handed. It can be a grueling task to choose the right probiotic supplement, so how do you decide which probiotic is right for you?
Here are simple tips to guide you towards choosing the best probiotic supplement.
REVIEW THE COLONY FORMING UNITS (CFUs)
CFUs, or Colony Forming Units, are the measuring unit of probiotics. This number must be clearly displayed on the probiotics bottle. To best suit the digestive system a probiotic should be in the range of 3-50 billion.
Lower range CFU products can be...
BOOST the IMMUNE SYSTEM
In the day of avoiding global diseases, I get a lot of questions about, "How do I boost my immune system?"
Here's one simple trick...AVOID SUGAR!
Oh no, she did not just say that!
Unfortunately, I did. UGH!
And yes, that includes alcohol. DOUBLE WHAMMY!
Even sugars from natural sources, such as fruit and honey, can cause sugar imbalances. Sugar, at the end of the day, is still sugar, even when there is some fiber in it, and even when it is a natural source of sugar.
The Sugar Blues
Craving for Sweetness
Try curbing your sweet tooth with a variety of non-sweet foods or a few of the lower sugar items listed below.
The stores are LINED with probiotics supplements which leaves you confused and empty handed. It can be a grueling task to choose the right probiotic supplement. So which probiotic is right for you?
Here are some tips that will help guide you to select the best probiotic supplement.
Colony Forming Units (CFUs)
CFUs, or Colony Forming Units, are the measuring unit of probiotics. This number must be clearly displayed on the probiotics bottle. A probiotic should be in the range of 3-50 billion CFUs to best suit the digestive system.
A lower range would be sufficient as a maintenance product. This potency will allow you to recover the probiotics lost due to the modern lifestyle when otherwise you have a completely healthy digestive system.
The higher potencies are recommended for specific instances, including the following:
Stress and Travelling: Raise your hand if you’re a professional working parent living a high stress life (RIGHT HERE,...
Kids screaming...“MOM, MOM, MOM!”
Phone notifications…”Ding, Buzz, Ding, Buzz”
Relationship demands, Career demands, Self Doubt and NO time for thyself.
These are the daily sounds and thoughts you hear and feel as a working mom.
In the era of wearing multiple hats, you stretch your ability to feel like you’re succeeding in all areas of your life. No matter how you divide your time you still feel like you’re failing at something, or with someone or with yourself.
These feelings compile into stress - actually, distress. Whether it is mental, physical, or chemical, chronic distress can be extremely destructive. When you continue to ignore the constant distress of life the hidden stressors can boil up in your body and have a massive explosion. It will show up differently for everyone but it can show up in the signs of weight gain, allergies, headaches, depression, mood swings, reduced immune system...the list...
Do you lie awake at night, tossing and turning with billions of thoughts running through your head? You just can’t seem to turn it off. Each morning you roll out of bed feeling hangover simply because you slept like sh*t.
So, what do you do? You turn to the very things which are known to interrupt your sleep patterns. Items such as coffee, sugar, processed foods, and alcohol (got to get to sleep somehow). It’s a vicious cycle of “I need energy, I am tired, I need energy, I am tired.”
Your body repairs itself during the sleep phase. Do you want to be more productive; do you want more endurance; do you want to avoid being the grouchy a-hole? I’m hearing a lot of YES’, then you need to get your Zzzzz’s!!!!
The microbiome (aka gut) supports the way you sleep. When you feed it with items which “mess it up” it gets confused and produces hormones which directly affect sleep. Studies are showing...
How to Head Into the Day Feeling On-track
Do you often feel frazzled 10 minutes after waking up? You check email and get anxious, you check the calendar and get anxious, ugh, so much to do, so little time. Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. To help conquer the day try partaking in a morning ritual routine.
How to Energize Your Morning Meetings
As a busy professional working mom it’s important to consume food every 2-3 hours to control our blood sugar. If the body goes without food too long, it will add additional stress to the already stressed out body and start raising the hormone levels.
Since your chaotic lifestyle starts the minute you roll out of bed making a superfood breakfast bowl is a great way to calm your body before your schedule goes sideways. Making a smoothie bowl is quite simple. All you need is a blender, fruit, veggies, grains and a little liquid. Here are some healthy options for your next superfood breakfast.
Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl
It may seem weird having a smoothie with pumpkin, but it actually contains the perfect texture and just enough sweetness to make this a filling and healthy breakfast bowl.