Growing up, my Mom was always a huge fan of probiotics. Even today, if I happen to mention that I’m not feeling well she will ask me if I’ve had any yogurt lately! What are probiotics? The USDA defines a probiotic as “any viable microbial dietary supplement that beneficially affects the host.” Thanks to Moms Meet, I got to try NOW Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion.
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So why is it called 20 billion? That’s the number of CFUs, or colony forming units in each capsule. This provides the density of viable bacteria you are receiving – that’s a lot! Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion has been specially formulated to provide strains that will specifically support women’s health. How do probiotics help us? Below are some of the ways I found, and I noticed that many of these link together to help the body overall. Please note that the below statements have not been evaluated by the FDA!
We all have trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria and yeast, living in and on our body at any given time. More than 1,000 different types of bacteria live in our digestive tracts, helping with digestion and utilization of nutrients. Unfortunately, things like antibiotics can kill these good bacteria and upset the balance in our gut. I know my doctor always advises to take probiotics if I have to take an antibiotic!
Gas and Bloating
No one wants to go around feeling bloated. HN019 also supports GI regularity and reduces occasional gas and bloating. I always take probiotics when I’m travelling and maybe not eating like I normally would to reduce the chances of getting an upset stomach or just general yuckiness from feeling all bloated.
This product features L. rhamnosus HN001 and L. acidophilus La-14 which have been shown to colonize the vaginal tract and help to maintain healthy vaginal pH when taken orally.* A good probiotic formula can replenish the good microflora, making it more difficult for undesirable microorganisms to gain a foothold.
Several strains also support healthy, balanced immune system function in women of all ages.* They may also play a role in elevating mood, which can also boost the immune system. With all of the new strains off bugs out there, I do my best to keep my immune system strong.
It’s still unclear how probiotics play a role in weight loss — and there is some controversy about how significant the probiotics-associated weight loss is. But as long as the probiotics source is low-calorie and healthful, itself, it is an innocuous method to attempt.
Probiotics may reduce fatigue after exercise. That, in addition to possible mood boosting properties and the ability to help aid digestion, you can see how a good probiotic can support your weight loss efforts.
I will continue to take probiotics, and I’m a fan of the Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion!
Want to try it out yourself? Moms Meet is allowing me to give away one bottle! See below on how to win. Contest ends May 26th.
Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion is available to purchase at natural healthfood stores nationwide, and at amazon.com, iherb.com, and now-2-u.com. To find Women’s Probiotic 20 Billion in your area, visit: nowfoods.com/storelocator for the full list of locations.