Vidazorb Probiotics Giveaway! How probiotics improved my digestion.
Posted May 01 2013 5:44pm
I seriously love listening to podcasts. I spend a little over an hour each day in the car as I commute to the gym, to work, and to pick up my kids from school. I used to just listen to music but in my quest to read more (really learn more) I decided to use this time to listen to paleo podcasts. Between my full-time job as a wellness teacher (I teach 7th grade nutrition) and my part-time “job” writing this blog, I try to learn as much as I can about all things nutrition. Any bedtime reading I’m able to do is also nutrition based. I go back and forth between the latest issue of Paleo Magazine (thanks Dani!) to Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.
Over the past 6 months, I have worked my way through all 181 episodes of Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution podcast. One of the reoccurring themes has been probiotics. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know a lot about them other than you get probiotics when you eat yogurt with live cultures. So I decided to do some research as I had been experiencing episodes of what I called “blah-blah belly”-bloating, gas, & nausea that just makes me feel, well blah. This was discouraging to me because I eat a pretty strict paleo diet 95% of the time. Sure I splurge here and there with organic corn chips or a glass or two of red wine, but I can honestly say that I never eat gluten-filled grains, dairy, or legumes (besides licking the peanut butter off the spoon here and there). Eating those foods takes me back to the days of early pregnancy when I just felt sick all day.
So what exactly are probiotics? Our gut is home to trillions of microorganisms that improve and help our immune system and help us digest our food. This is called our gut flora and it’s really important to keep it healthy. Certain foods like grains and legumes actually damage our digestive tract and cause what is called “leaky gut syndrome.”(1) Leaky gut is when spaces or gaps develop between the cells of the intestinal wall. These spaces allow bacteria, undigested food, and metabolic waste-you know the stuff that really should stay inside your intestines-to escape into your blood stream. Once the structure and integrity of your gut lining is weakened and toxic substances are escaping into your blood, you experience what is called silent inflammation. Why is it silent? Well basically because we can’t see it. If you were to go out for a run and roll your ankle and it were to swell, you would be able to see & touch the inflammation. You would look down at your ankle, see that it’s swollen, have a hard time walking, and know with utmost certainty that you are injured. Inflammation is the body’s response to injury of any type and this response is necessary-just as pain is necessary. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong or hurt. Unfortunately with silent inflammation we have no idea that something is wrong? Or do we? Our body communicates to us in many ways, but sometimes it’s subtle and we have to pay attention to details.
Symptoms of leaky gut can be as benign as: bloating, cramps, food sensitivities, & aches and pains. (2) Or it could manifest itself as: pain in multiple joints, a chronic skin condition, chronic diarrhea or abdominal pain, chronic fatigue, chronic depression, or malaise. (3) What you eat can significantly influence gut health.
Anti-Nutrients Found in Grains & Legumes
“Grains are the seeds of a plant. They’re its reproductive material, and plants don’t make their reproductive material to give away for free to other animals. If they did they’d become extinct, and so the evolutionary strategy that many plants, particularly cereal grains have taken to prevent predation is to evolve toxic compounds so that the predator of the seeds can’t eat them, so that they can put their seeds in the soil where they’re meant to be to grow a new plant and not in the gut of an animal to feed it.” (4)
The above quote is from Dr. Loren Cordain , the world’s leading expert on the paleolithic diets and the founder of the paleo movement. And interestingly enough, whole grains are even worse for us because the majority of the anti-nutrients come from the bran, the part that makes it whole grain. The two heavy hitters are:
Gliadin- it’s the most damaging to your health as it’s the primary immunotoxic protein that’s found in wheat gluten. Gliadin helps to increase the production of the intestinal protein called zonulin which opens up the gaps between the cells of the intestine. The opening of these gap junctions between the cells contributes to a leaky gut.
Lectins-they are the primary mechanism by which plants protects themselves against being eaten and are found in high concentrations in the seed. This makes sense considering that the seed is the means for the plant to procreate and continue their species.
“We are mostly exposed to lectins from grains, beans, dairy products and nightshade plants, such as potato, tomato, and chili peppers. However, bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) has a prominent role to play in lectin-induced adverse effects, due to the fact that it is a relatively new form of wheat , and contains wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) – a particularly resilient and problematic lectin, considering it is not eliminated through sprouting and is actually found in higher concentrations in whole wheat.” (1)
To say I was frustrated and confused to still be experiencing bouts of blah-blah belly considering I don’t eat any grains, beans, or dairy would be an understatement. I decided to try supplementing with probiotics. My first choice was to obviously find a food source of probiotics. But it didn’t take long to realize that the majority of food sources are contained in foods I don’t eat, like dairy products (yogurt, kefir, soft cheese) and soy products (tempeh, miso soup). The only food products that contain probiotics are fermented foods like sauerkraut and pickles, but you have to read the label to be sure that it contains live cultures. And honestly I can eat sauerkraut and pickles but I wouldn’t say that I love to eat them, nor do I want to eat them everyday.
The 3 pack of Vidazorb probiotics I received to test out.
I’ve been taking Vidazorb for almost a month now I can honestly say that I’m experiencing less blah-blah belly. My bloating and upset stomach has been much better. It took me about a week or so to really feel an improvement. I just woke up on morning and realized that I hadn’t been bloated or nauseous all week and was pleasantly surprised. And the best part is that it’s a chewable tablet that actually tastes pretty good too. I got a sample pack containing PLUS,+OPC, and Super C. I kept one at school on my desk, one at home in my room, and one in the kitchen. It took some getting used to trying to remember to take one after eating, but I found that keeping a bottle in a few different places helped me to remember.
Do you experience blah-blah belly at times? Have you thought about incorporating a probiotic into your diet? Have you given any consideration to eliminating grains, legumes, and dairy for a month to see if that helps you with your symptoms? If you experience any of the symptoms that I mentioned above and haven’t given a paleo diet + probiotic supplement a try then I think now is the time to give it a go. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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