How probiotics can help you restore a healthy balance of good bacteria.

I have had digestive issues for some time now.  Anyone who really knows me personally knows that I have a lot of gas.  I just always figured it was something that runs in the family because my grandmother always has a lot of gas, and my daughter does as well.  I’ve always just lived with the gas, but now things have been starting to get a little worse.  I have had pain in my abdominal area, and something just doesn’t feel right.  It was at this point I thought maybe I needed to do something more.  I have heard a lot about probiotics recently and thought I could possibly give them a try (I have consulted with my doctor and we discussed numerous options, probiotics being one of them). 

I have been introduced to a probiotic supplement that doesn’t require me to eat yogurt or any other type of food to digest it.  Provella is a controlled-release tablet that you take once a day. 

ABOUT PROVELLA:

Provella™ helps women restore and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria to support digestive and vaginal health.*

Provella™ is a unique probiotic supplement that contains a proprietary blend of 6 bacterial strains chosen specifically for maximum benefit to women.*

It has been estimated that as few as 20%-40% of certain probiotic bacteria survive passage through the gut. A major threat to probiotic bacteria is stomach acid. However, Provella™ is formulated using a patented controlled-release technology that helps protect probiotics from harsh stomach acid and is designed to ensure that live organisms reach the intestines.

THE MOMMY BUNCH SAYS….

I have been taking the Provella supplement for about three weeks now.  So far I have noticed a reduced amount of gas and bloating.  After doing some research, I have found numerous reasons that taking probiotics can be good for me, other than just helping with my abdominal gas and pain.  Marcelle Pick, of womentowomen.com, tells us how to achieve a healthy floral balance (aka good bacteria), “The good news is that no matter where your imbalance stems, natural solutions are at your fingertips. My first recommendation will always be for women to eat well to restore and balance their gut flora, but choosing optimal “gut food” is not always possible — or palatable for some! Take a look at these suggestions for keeping a good biotic balance.

  • What to eat. Good bacteria feast on fiber. They thrive on a generous supply of vegetables, legumes, fruits, seeds, and whole grains. Foods like garlic, green tea, and ginseng contain polyphenols, which are also helpful for fostering friendly microbes. And to keep the bad bacteria out, include some real fermented or cultured foods in your daily diet, like miso, kim chi, sauerkraut, umeboshi, tempeh, soy sauce, kefir, yogurt, and any kind of homemade pickle.
  • What to avoid. Unfriendly flora love refined sugars and animal fat best of all. So use moderation with sweets, refined flours, alcohol, butter, and fatty meats, or avoid them altogether, at least for a while. You should also steer clear of processed foods and anything containing adulterants like preservatives.
  • Try a probiotic supplement. If you expect to be traveling, going on antibiotics, or you’re currently experiencing GI symptoms or under lots of stress, consider taking a good probiotic supplement to restore or maintain balance. The colonies of organisms that naturally inhabit your gut are not the same as probiotic species, though. Probiotics principally act as placeholders in your ideal intestinal “real estate,” so your native flora can get reestablished.”

Overall only time will tell if probiotics are the long term solution for me, but so far they have helped me establish a more balanced level of good bacteria in my stomach and I am happy to continue using Provella.

If you are interested in learning more about Provella for yourself, here is a brochure you can download to learn how Provella may be able to help you.

Here is a $6.00 off coupon you can use as well should you choose to try out Provella for yourself:  Coupon

In addition to visiting the Provella website, you can also find it at drugstore.com.

 

Written by Jesica.

Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Provella. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Jesica H

My name is Jesica and I'm happy to 'meet' you! I'm just living life and loving every minute of it! I try to not let things hold me down or hold me back, I just live! Here at The Mommy Bunch, I offer solid advice on all things parenting, household, and living life as a working mom.

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