Monday, October 14, 2013

Surviving Tummy Troubles (and $100 Spafinder Giveaway!)



I'm twelve years into raising babies, and I've learned much about how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Over the years I've seen how lack of sleep, unhealthy foods and a general "on the go" lifestyle can take its toll.  While digestive health is important for everyone, for some reason digestive "troubles" only plague me and the girls.

Go figure.

One morning at school, I was talking with another mother of girls.  We were so tactfully discussing our household "tummy troubles," and I was sharing our latest and greatest digestive health issue.  Specifically, I shared how running all over and not eating well can make my stomach very upset. 

As parents it's comical how we can share bathroom stories like we're talking about the weather.  It reminds me of how dog owners discuss dog poop.  My grandmother used to do that, it drove my mother nuts.

"Jani, the dog pooped three times today..."

I can still see my mother rolling her eyes.

Anyhow, this mother told me about probiotics and swore to me they made a HUGE difference for her.  I'll admit I loosely tried them, meaning I bought them and took them every so often.  I'm not the best with remembering anything other than what is absolutely necessary. 

But a few months ago, after my youngest daughter kicked a rotovirus that wrecked havoc on her stomach's "healthy bacteria," probiotics for children became necessary.

Very necessary.

To put it lightly, my toddler's digestive system was a hot mess.  It was nearly impossible to take her anywhere, and I finally saw a specialist.  He explained about healthy bacteria and how imperative it is for digestive health.  Everything he said reminded me of my conversation with that mother outside the school.  He told me the best thing for my daughter was probiotics for kids; in supplement form and in yogurts.

We started my daughter on kids probiotics, and I'm completely sold on how wonderful they are for your digestive health.  I've seen it firsthand.

Since seeing how much healthier my daughter is, I tried probiotics as well.  While I don't eat the best (I doubt I'll ever kick my sugar habit) keeping active with running helps me tremendously.  My kids have found the same.  The more active everyone is, the better we feel and the healthier our digestive tracts seem to be.  For myself, I add in probiotics, such as Probiotic Pearls, and I don't have to worry about upset stomachs nearly as much as I used to.

Probiotic Pearls, like probiotic yogurt, offer probiotics to help support digestive health; however, Probiotic Pearls don’t require refrigeration and are convenient for on-the-go use.  Take them in the morning and you're good to go.  Easy as pie.

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What are some ways in which you create healthy digestive habits with your busy schedule?

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48 comments:

  1. I get plenty of fiber

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  2. Lots of fiber & activity - while the kids are at soccer I'm running laps around the field...

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  3. Eating Greek yogurt seems to help, too.

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  4. We eat yogurt and smoothies and cut down on sugar.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  5. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/391484729507065856

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  6. I try to limit my caffeine intake and drink plenty of water along with a some-what healthy diet:)
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  7. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/391739700852973568
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  8. I enjoy V8 fruit juices, so even if life's crazy I still get my fruits and veggies

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  9. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/391983754110988288

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  10. Vitamins and plenty of water

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

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  11. I take fiber capsules daily

    zelpuz77 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I have changed my eating habits sine April and I feel so much better, all the way around. I continue to try to improve as I learn more and become more aware of the way I feel when I eat certain things. I try to eat nuts and bananas and apples, which seem to help my digestive health quite a bit.

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  13. I try to eat lots of fruits,veggies & water when im on the go.
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  14. tweet https://twitter.com/hburmeister/status/392986876828590081
    njharmonyg@aol.com

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  15. i try to eat lots of veggies and fruits everyday
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  16. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/393571734915272704
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  17. High fiber cereal and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. My medications can sometimes cause be digestive problems.

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  18. I eat yogurt with active cultures 3 or 4 time a week.

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  19. I drink TONS of water and when I eat turkey/chicken sandwiches for lunch I use double fiber bread!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  20. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/394119552801320960

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  21. i love having a good water when i am on the go it makes a big different

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  22. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/394173295139889152

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  23. i try to eat lots of fruit and vegetables

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/395026388685578240

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. we bring green smoothies with us on car trips
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  26. twwet https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/395589954547761152 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  27. i track water with my app! scg00387 at yahood ot com

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  28. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/395724382246424576

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  29. I brew kombucha at home, it's always available!

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  30. https://twitter.com/channynn/status/395902703659806720

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  31. Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/395983410163744768
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  32. I pack a ton of snacks so I won't get tempted to eat fast food, which never does my stomach any favors!

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  33. Thanks for sharing your story. I usually make sure to eat healthy and light breakfast and snacks between meals as healthy digestive habits with my busy schedule. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  34. tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/395990815454937088

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  35. I drink lots of water

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  36. https://twitter.com/electricstar/status/396116247462436865

    wlbellows at gmail dot com

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  37. I try to "eat from the rainbow" to ensure I am getting a good variety of vitamins and minerals in my diet.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  38. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/396789802458050560

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  39. I add in some flaxseed to my cereal, snack on yogurt in the afternoon, and eat fruits high in fiber such as fiber. :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  40. tweeted! :) https://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/397164082765119488

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

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  41. Greek yogurt, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and I'm trying to cut back on caffeine.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  42. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/400888116929523713

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  43. I drink a lot of water and eat a lot of grains
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  44. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/401441651102466048
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  45. I do yoga and eat healthy.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  46. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/401469726947164160

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  47. I eat lots of veggies and fruits daily

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  48. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/401529380557426688

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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