Should You Take A Probiotic?

Should You Take A Probiotic?


By Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, Contributing Blogger

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Role Mommy Writer’s Network. I was compensated to attend this event, but all opinions are my own.

Last week, I had the pleasure of sitting down for an intimate lunch with culinary nutritionist, Ellie Krieger. As the spokesperson for Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics, Ellie chatted about one of the newest and most exciting topics in nutrition science—probiotics. I was shocked to learn that nearly three quarters of adult women have experienced occasional digestive issues in the past twelve months, and two in three women are NOT willing to talk about the gut issues with their friends. For that reason, I’m excited to broach this taboo subject and share what I learned about gut health and probiotics.

What are probiotics and why are they important?

Although we tend to think of bacteria as a bad thing, the digestive tract contains more than 100 trillion live bacteria, aka probiotics, which help keep the body healthy. As a matter of fact, up to 70% of the natural immune system is found in the digestive tract, so maintaining a healthy level of probiotics in your gut is vital to overall health. Certain things keep these bacteria in check like eating a healthy diet filled with probiotic-rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and yogurt, drinking plenty of water, keeping stress to a minimum and staying physically active. But let’s be honest, we don’t do all of these things every day.

img_0174If the gut lacks probiotics or doesn’t contain the right mix of bacteria strains, you may experience fatigue, headaches, weight gain, constipation, diarrhea and bloating. And although it’s not a fun dinner table topic, I’m sure we’ve all experienced some of these symptoms at one time or another. Luckily, there is a simple way to prevent these pesky problems–feed the gut the bacteria that it needs.

Rather than topping all of your meals with kefir and sauerkraut, one of the easiest ways to get all of the good-for-your gut bacteria is to take a highly potent probiotic. The most effective probiotics contain billions of live cultures with multiple diverse strains of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, otherwise known as the “good” gut bacteria. If you’re thinking, “Where the heck do I find those strains?”, the answer is in Renew Life Ultimate Flora Probiotics. This product contains billions of probiotic cultures from multiple strains, which will help keep your gut happy and your immune system healthy.

The bottom line

Nearly a quarter of women don’t consider the status of their digestive health when they think about their overall health and wellness, and it’s time to change that! After learning all of this, do you think you should take a probiotic? I highly recommend it! Your gut deserves just as much love as the rest of your body, and a thriving gut can do wonders for your health. There’s absolutely no downside to adding Renew Life Probiotics to your daily regimen. And it’s time for women to stop being too embarrassed to talk about gut health, so let’s keep the conversation going. Tell me in the comments—have you ever tried a probiotic?

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a NYC-based media Dietitian, food and nutrition blogger at Nutrition à la Natalie and owner of her own private practice.

1 Comment
  • Dianne Goodwin
    Posted at 14:37h, 19 December Reply

    Hi Natalie. Never really thought about this other than when I was on an antibiotic recently. When you mention this particular brand, assuming it’s pill form? I have some left over so what is the recommended dose to take? D

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