Probiotics: What are they? Do you need them?

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Florastor Probiotics.

In the spirit of my chronic problem with oversharing it’s no secret that I’ve been plagued with tummy troubles since my early twenties. When I want to the ER with severe stomach cramping they ultimately had no idea what was going on and gave me a diagnosis of IBS. Thankfully, most of my severe symptoms were alleviated after making some changes to my diet (going light on dairy products mostly.)

In addition to keeping my diet as clean as possible I also take probiotics. I’ve tried out a few different brands over the years so when I got the opportunity to try Florastor, the world’s most widely used probotic supplement, I was interested to see how it would match up to other brands. Since I’ve been taking probiotics for a while I didn’t notice any huge improvement in my belly health, but I had zero negative issues from taking them (no reoccurrence of old symptoms) so that is a very positive sign!

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It’s amazing how many things can throw your body’s natural intestinal flora off balance; excessive exercise or stress, traveling, taking antibiotics, or even a change in diet. Florastor is unique because it is a yeast-based probiotic (most are bacteria based) which means it can withstand the harsh environment of the stomach, is not comprised by antibiotic use, and it’s cells are bigger so it can have a greater impact on gut protection.

Why take Florastor?

-          Probiotics support your body’s own natural intestinal flora

-          Probiotics help in the breakdown and absorption of nutrients

-          Florastor is gluten free and vegetarian (both of these can be hard to find in supplements!)

-          Florastor contains 250mg of the probiotic strain Saccharomyces boulardii lyo, a natural yeast found on the skin of tropical fruits, lychees and mangosteens

Probiotics are also great for endurance runners since they can support your immune system and intestinal system, both of which can be compromised with vigorous exercise. Did you know that 70% of your immunes system is located in your gut?! I’ve personally had digestive issues with endurance running and those issues have been made substantially better since taking probiotics and staying very, very hydrated before running.

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There has also been research tying happy guts to happy moods. Think of it in reverse – when you are super stressed out it can cause upset stomach. Why couldn’t an upset stomach have a negative impact on mood/mental health?

If it sounds like probiotics may be some ‘miracle supplement’ that can affect everything from immune system and digestive health to mood states it’s because it is! I’m so glad I decided to try probiotics out last year and will absolutely be supplementing my diet with them for the foreseeable future.

Do you take probiotics? What do you think of the mind-gut connection?