Back in January I discussed my own decisions around giving my kids multi-vitamins, and shared my decision to become a Swiss Natural Ambassador. Today I’m going to be talking about probiotics – specifically, Probiotic Age from…wait for it…Swiss Natural.
The benefits of probiotics are increasingly well-known. They promote digestive health, prevent and treat eczema in children, prevent or reduce the severity of colds or flu, and prevent and treat yeast infections. They provide the “good” bacteria that helps to keep your body functioning well. This is why, for example, it’s often recommended that you take probiotics after a course of antibiotics to help re-balance everything.
It’s true that you can get probiotics through food, like yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir. However, there are some advantages to taking capsules:
- Probiotic Age offers seven times more active cells than the leading probiotic yogurt.
- Capsules allow you to tailor your dose much more specifically.
- Many children (like my picky eaters) may not eat the probiotic-containing food you want them to, when you want them to.
- If your kids can’t swallow a capsule, you can open it and add the probiotics to food or beverages they do enjoy, and will eat.
- Probiotic Age is created for your life stage – adult, child, or adult 50+.
- It’s a whole lot easier to take a capsule with you when you’re travelling, which is one time when you really want to protect your digestive system with “good” bacteria.
At the risk of sharing too much information, I was in a bit of a state following my daughter Hannah’s birth. I received intravenous antibiotics during labour and post-delivery, because of her prematurity. My digestive system was thrown into disarray thanks to hormonal fluctuations and the sporadic eating schedule of new motherhood. And I was just generally run down. I bought some yogurt, but eating yogurt requires two hands, so I found taking capsules much easier. They did the trick. They restored some balance to my digestion, and helped me overcome the after-effects of all those antibiotics. They also helped fend off a case of thrush I was dealing with.
There are situations that call for serious drugs. But most of the time I think that natural remedies are better. Even very basic steps like drinking more water or getting enough sleep can make a huge difference to your overall health. Probiotics are one example of a simple, safe and effective remedy that can help you recover from an illness, or prevent it from happening in the first place. I have used them, and will continue to use them, regardless of whether Swiss Natural sends me samples or not.
But wait, speaking of probiotics and travel, there’s something more you may want to know about. Swiss Natural and CityTV are teaming up for the Ready to Order contest. If you’re a Canadian resident you could win a delicious culinary trip to New York, San Francisco or New Orleans. So go ahead and enter – and good luck!
Now, tell me – have you taken probiotics? When and why? I’d love to hear!
Disclosure: As a Swiss Natural Ambassador, I was paid to write this post.