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I was doing some updates on my blog recently and I realized it has been quite a while since I posted anything in my Getting Fit section. Then I took a step on the scale and realized that not only was I neglecting that section of the blog, I was also neglecting myself.
No wonder I had been feeling so sluggish and just generally low lately. And my stomach, l can’t even begin to say how much my stomach had been bothering me lately. I have always had stomach issues (IBS) but recently things had been getting much worse. And let’s be honest, when your stomach is off, everything seems to be off.
I know from the past that when I am neglecting my diet and not exercising my stomach issues flare up and it reminds me to get back on track. This time with the gluttony of the holiday season upon us, I knew I needed to really focus on getting my stomach back on track, so I could actually enjoy the holidays. Most people wait until the New Year to start fitness and eating right again, but I knew that I needed to start now. There was no need to wait.
I decided to start a 30 day challenge to get back to a happy stomach by incorporating Renew Life Flora Ultimate Critical Care 50 Billion daily probiotic into my daily routine. I’ve always heard about how probiotics are a beneficial bacteria in your stomach and aid in a healthy digestive system but truth be told, I had never really tried it. Having IBS, I know that I should have really been focusing more on aiding my stomach, but up until now I just focused more on avoiding trigger foods and trying (and not very well) about staying active., as that seemed to keep things at bay.
Skeptical at first, I didn’t expect to see much improvement but after a week, I was already noticing some subtle changes above and beyond those I see when I am eating better and exercising more. I felt less bloated, was more regular (sorry for TMI) and the achy feeling I often get in my stomach wasn’t appearing as often. I have been taking the probiotic daily, trying my best (and it’s been hard) to eat better, and trying to be active each day. Using an activity tracker is key with me, as it keeps me accountable.
Now that I almost completed the full 30 days, I have a much happier stomach and it has given me that boost to keep going to improve my eating and exercising habits. And with the holiday season in full swing, I feel like I will be able to enjoy the festivities and not be gaining even more weight thru the season. I will be happy just to stay the same and once the New Year hits, I will focus more on the weight loss side of things.
Of course taking a Renew Life probiotic is extremely helpful for stomach health but I also need to ensure I am drinking lots of water and trying to cut down on my caffiene (aka copious amounts of coffee) intake and reducing the sugar in my diet as all of these can contribute to an unhappy stomach. Priobiotics are the beneficial bacteria in your stomach and aid in digestion but has also been linked to our immune systems. If you are taking antibiotics, for example, they can deplete the “good” bacteria, so taking a probiotic can help get things back on track.
In addition to my stomach feeling much happier these days, I am noticing my overall self just feeling better. As I mentioned, starting in the New Year, my fitness will be a major focus for me and will be posting about my progress if you wish to follow along. If you want to join me and stay accountable to each other, please drop me a line.