09.27.2017

Wellness Wednesday || Gut Health + Probiotics

Before little miss was born, I struggled with stomach issues. Not for years, but for about the year prior to becoming pregnant. I had horrible cramping and often felt nauseas… and this was frequently accompanied by anxiety and sadness… and horrible fatigue (one day I literally couldn’t move… I thought I was pregnant). All of these things were not normal for me, and I was very aware of it. I went to visit my GP and she ran through the regular questions…. which I knew weren’t going to get me where I needed to be. I didn’t have a bug and I didn’t pick up a parasite on a recent travel… I had a feeling it was something much more complicated than that. She had me get an ultrasound (which I had a feeling wouldn’t show anything) which came back completely clean. At that point she basically told me there wasn’t much else she could do. Thank you… I guess…. So, I went to an acupuncturist. She had a lot of different ideas, made me shift a few things in my diet (no dairy, no chicken, no beans….), and after a few months I started to feel better.

All that to say, over the past few years, I’ve become so interested in “gut health.” I knew that my stomach issues weren’t simply a “stomach” problem that could be fixed with a prescription. That they were more complicated than that, and a bunch of different changes needed to occur. I’m no expert here, and what I know is based on surface level research, but there is a huge gut-brain connection that is rarely talked about…. which would explain a lot of the anxiety and sadness that I felt back then. In all my research, what I’ve come to realize is that a healthy gut is largely tied to a healthy individual (both mind and body). One of the best ways to balance out the gut is to take a daily probiotic (something I used to do, but haven’t done in over a year… and I can feel it). Probiotics are healthy bacteria that work to balance your digestive tract and benefit your overall well-being. This means easier food digestion, more energy, and glowing skin. If your body doesn’t have enough probiotics you can experience skin problems, digestive difficulties, autoimmune disorders, and frequent cold and flus (you can read more about probiotics benefits here).

So, when TULA (one of my favorite skin care lines) came out with their own probiotic line, and challenged me to try it out for 30 days, I said “Why not? I have nothing to lose.” So, that’s just what I am doing, and would love for you all to join me too. Taking a daily probiotic can lead to less bloating, better digestion, more energy, and better skin… and I know I could benefit from that for sure. Something else I do on a daily basis to increase probiotics in my system is drink a bottle of Kombucha a day. I have noticed a huge difference in doing that as well, so I am hoping that re-introducing the daily probiotic will help too. I’ll be reporting back to you in a month as to if I felt any changes or not. Would love for you to join along!

If you’re interested in joining along with me, check out the line here!
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Comments

  1. Oh I’m interested to hear your feedback! I tried taking a probio a few years ago, but I didn’t notice any difference. Maybe it wasn’t a right fit for me or maybe 30 days was not long enough to see results. I know you are a fan of Tula- what made you choose this probio over other brands?

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Hi Jen, I chose TULA because I love their skin care line and this probiotic also has an extra component to it that works to help your skin glow… and I could sure use that!!

  2. Jessica says:

    Some of your symptoms sound like an autoimmune issue. I share some of your issues and was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos, an autoimmune thyroid condition. All of my thyroid levels show as normal on blood tests. It wasn’t until a recent physical that my doctor did some more in depth testing and found an abnormality in my thyroid antibody levels. Not trying to butt into your personal health, but thought I’d mention this in case it’s helpful. My doctor has recommended a gluten, dairy and sugar free diet and it has been helping. I’ve also been reading the book Hashimotos Protocol, which makes some further recommendations such as probiotics, whichbhave been a help. Again, just thought I’d mention this in case it’s a help to you in any way.

    • Shannon Pulsifer says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Thank you so much for sending this my way! I will have to do some more research on it. I for sure noticed a change when I cut out dairy and gluten… I had so much more energy and the anxiety/sadness significantly decreased. Yet, my blood tests all came back normal as well. Again, thanks so for sending over this info!