Look After Your Gut in the New Year

More indulgence in the New Year?

Hello friends! Did you have a lovely Christmas? Are you still finishing off the leftover turkey and mince pies? Lounging on the sofa all bloated and full? I know, me too!!

Christmas over-indulgence
Christmas over-indulgence

It isn’t over yet! We have New Year to come. More alcohol, more naughty nibbles. Staying up late and over-indulging. It’s what this season is about, isn’t it? Then helping the kids with all those selection boxes, and dipping into another tin of Quality Street, followed by the guilt and the resolutions to eat better and get fit in the New Year!

More indulgence in the New Year?
More indulgence in the New Year?

In among the resolutions, please remember your gut! Think about what you’ve put your poor belly through recently, and make a resolution to make amends with your body!

Make amends for all that indulgence!
Make amends for all that indulgence!

In advance of the festive season, I made sure I was stocked up with Probiotics. I’ve often turned to yoghurts or yoghurt drinks to top up the good bacteria in my gut, but then I got a bug which made me not tolerate dairy products very well, and I had to rethink my strategy. So I was pleased to receive a sample of Nutri Advanced ProbotiX Daily 5 Live.

ProbotiX Daily 5 Live probiotics for gut health
ProbotiX Daily 5 Live probiotics for gut health

Have you heard of Probiotics? How much do you know about these tiny guys doing all the good work in your intestines?

Here’s the science bit:

Probiotics are ‘friendly’ bacteria that offer positive health benefits. Bacteria are essential for the health and function of your intestinal tract, which has a tremendous impact on your overall health. They play a crucial role in the gut’s ability to fight infection and support general digestion as well.

Probiotics support the friendly bacteria in your intestines
Probiotics support the friendly bacteria in your intestines

Many factors in our normal life can disrupt the balance of our good bacteria, leading to poor health. Do you recognise any of these?

  • Antibiotic Use
  • Stomach medicines such as antacids
  • A high fat, high sugar diet (mince pies and Quality Street?)
  • A low fibre diet
  • Foreign Travel
  • Food & Water contaminants (Chlorine, pesticides etc)
  • Alcohol (oh dear!)
  • Stress (Oh deary dear!)

Well, no wonder I needed to crack open the ProbotiX at this time of year!

Needing more friendly bacteria for gut health at this time of year
Needing more friendly bacteria for gut health at this time of year

I took the ProbotiX capsules for the month of December. During this month we had a very busy time, and were also all fighting off a bug which threatened our family (and finally brought the little one down in the final week of school). Of course everyone’s lead up to Christmas is busy, and I also decided to take part in Vlogmas (which you can see week 1 & week 2 plus here), plus I was in hospital 3 times for procedures on my back! We also had the usual Nativities, School Discos, Football parties – all the pre-Christmas craziness.

Christmas craziness put the probiotics through their paces!
Christmas craziness put the probiotics through their paces!

The poor little probiotics were certainly put through their paces! I was lucky I even remembered to take them half the time!

How did they make me feel? I’ll be honest, at times it was difficult to say. Not surprising really, with the amount of pain relief I was taking and the number of sleepless nights I had. But I did feel a difference, the greatest amount when I took them right before bed. I guess when you lay off the mince pies for a while you give probiotics a better chance to do their thing! I awoke feeling much less bloated and looking much ‘flatter’, which also felt more comfortable. There was also less of the early morning nausea and generally grogginess I sometimes feel. That has to be a good thing, right?

At other times, even when I didn’t feel a massive difference, I still had the reassurance that my friendly little bacteria were keeping me topped up and doing their hard work for me, quietly and without complaint. Thanks guys!

Finally, we should ask ourselves what makes a good probiotic? They need to be scientifically studied, effective bacteria strains, have proven delivery and survival in the gut, guaranteed stability and quality, high potency, and clinically effective probiotic formulas. Did my Nutri Advanced ProbotiX have these? Why yes! The strains of good bacteria within ProbotiX Daily 5 Live have been chosen to work synergistically together, and provide over 5 billion good bacteria in each capsule. They help each other grow as well as creating an optimal pH range for good bacteria in your gut.

For more information visit www.nutriadvanced.co.uk/more-about-probiotics.

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Disclosure – we were sent some ProbotiX Daily 5 Live supplements for the purpose of this review, but all opinions and experiences are our own. This is not a clinical trial, nor does it intend to replace the advice of a health care professional.

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24 Replies to “Look After Your Gut in the New Year”

  1. I’ve been thinking about looking after myself more next year. Probiotics sounds like they might be good for me.
    Franki – Wonderful Chaos recently posted…To Do List 2016 – Round upMy Profile

  2. My parents can not stop raving about how much better they feel after a year on probiotics. That is one my Resolution list. With a family of 6 it is gonna be expensive however.

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    1. I’m glad you decided to try them. The kids’ yoghurt drinks are good – my kids have them in place of ordinary yoghurts so it’s not really an added expense. Hope you see good results!

  3. Yes, I have heard of Probiotics before. I used to take them when I was pregnant with Evelyn. They are really good. I was told that I would be injected with Antibiotics while I was in labour but if I can get ride of whatever I had (I couldn’t quite remember the name) – then I wouldn’t need to. So Probiotics was the answer for me. A bit off the topic… sorry, but it really works. I sometimes also takes some now and then when I am feeling rubbish.

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    1. Good to know they worked for you too x x

  4. You know, my husband bought me some probiotics awhile ago when I had a minor stomach bug, but I have yet to take any. :/ Maybe I will start them along with the B12 and folic acid (just in case 😉 ) that I just started taking. #fabfridaypost

    1. It’s always worth a try – top up the good guys!

  5. I’ve heard good things about probiotics! I’m sure this time of year would be great to try them out. I know I get bloaty tummy when I eat way too much food. I’m sure some friendly bacteria would help me feel better when I overindulge!
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    Jessica Foley recently posted…How This Modern Mom Survived the HolidaysMy Profile

    1. They definitely helped me, I hope they help you too x

  6. Some great points, I must try to do so. Thanks for joining in with #TuesdayTreasures .
    RachelSwirl recently posted…#LivingArrows – A Winter Walk 1/52 (2017)My Profile

    1. Good for when you start your diet too?

  7. Probiotics are definitely on my shopping list after a very indulgent Christmas ! #TuesdayTreasures
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    1. Good luck, I hope they work well for you!

  8. I have just stocked up on multi-vitamins after being ill the week before Christmas (including my birthday) I guess that’s what comes from a new job in a school! I have taken actimel before and think there are lots of benefits in probiotics. Sarah #FabFridayPost
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    1. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been ill. Hope the vitamins, and maybe probiotics, help you recover quickly.

  9. A great read, gut health isn’t something I typically think about as a working mum but based on your article I definitely think its worth considering to keep me in tiptop shape and will have to think about adding these to the shopping list sometime.

    Thanks for #sharingthebloglove

    1. That’s brilliant – i’m really glad you found it helpful.

  10. I used to have the little yoghurt drinks a while back but I have to admit I don’t take any vitamins/supplements these days with the exception of vitamin D. I definitely suffer with bloating though, so maybe I should consider it! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. I hope it works out for you if you do, Katy.

  11. I don’t take any vitamins or supplements, its not something that I’ve considered. My daughters take them on the recommendation of the health visitor. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

  12. This is great advice. I am having a few issues with my gut at the moment, I’m waiting to have a camera down into my stomach next month, so much pain, bloating, digestive issues, I think most of it has worsened from poor diet over Christmas and new year! Thank you for linking up with #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. Oh dear I’m sorry to hear that Laura. Hope you get sorted soon. Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part, isn’t it?

  13. I used to drink a lot of Yakult but haven’t had any for a long time. I must start drinking it again. #ForTheLoveOfBlog

    1. Hope we’ve inspired you Maria!

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