About six weeks ago I was given the challenge by Genuine Health to take their new advanced gut health probiotics out for a test drive of sorts. The timing, for me, was interesting. I had just taken on two back-to-back contracts, one to work FT for about a month on a television show and another that involved on-camera work as well as some travel - all of this while still working on all of the other things that I do, hopefully spending as much time as possible with my son and my husband, as well as trying to stay healthy. All of this after a restful January, relatively speaking, so it felt like things were about to go from 0 to 100 and fast. So you might say that the timing couldn't have been worse. Or is that better? I already knew probiotics were extremely important for overall health and dealing with stress (oh hey there, insane schedule). Though of course half the battle for me is remembering to take the darn thing. But like anything in life, not all probiotics are created equal. I won't spend my time or lend my opinion to just anything - but as I was already a fan of Genuine Health products like greens+ and fermented greek yogurt proteins+, I was game to try them out. When it comes to food, vitamins or anything else I ingest, I want to make sure the quality is there. As I trusted the brand, I was game to give their new product a try.
I received everything when my new schedule was in full swing. I opted to try both versions of the advanced gut health probiotics: 15 billion CFUs and 50 billion CFUs. (CFU stands for "colony forming units", by the way). Both contain 15 strains of live bacteria that mimic human gut flora in an allergen. Think of the 50 Billion CFU strength like a friendly swat team for your gut: for short term use when you need something a little more intensive, like when you are taking antibiotics, having digestive complaints or are going through times of high stress. Then, the 15 Billion CFU pills are a daily maintenance solution. So essentially, I wanted something to manage my stress (and to be honest, some corresponding digestive issues) right away with a higher dose to get back to feeling like myself again.
WHY do we need probiotics anyway? If you think of your body as your own personal microbiome, which is a highly diverse ecosystem that exists in an on your body. Your gut is the most essential part of this equation, which is home to intestinal flora (mostly bacteria and yeast) that are an inner garden of sorts. Ideally, you want this garden to have a balanced biodiversity, which keeps not only our digestive system healthy, but also helps our immunity, mood, and the proper functioning of our entire body. When this microbiome is out of balance, our whole selves (bod ty and mind) become out of balance). Things like stress, antibiotics, diet and more can effect your inner biodiversity. The good news is that probiotics can work to reestablish balance in our guts. Happy guts = happier people!
There are a number of things that set Genuine Health advanced gut health probiotics apart. As I mentioned before, they're from a source that I trust. So there's that, but here's a few more reasons why I like these in particular:
- 15 strains chosen to mimic the human gut flora
- Guaranteed potency
- Unique plastic-free delayed release capsule for targeted delivery
- Clean and toxin-free
- 100% Vegan, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, and Non-GMO
The high strain-count really is key here. These include lactobacillis, bifido & lactococcus - reflective of the healthy gut microbiome and carefully selected for diversity and their abilities to repair and restore. Targeted delivery is also very important. So, advanced gut health probioitcs' vegan, delayed-release capsules with fermented prebiotic ensures that the strains pass through the stomach acid, reaching the gut where they thrive. Because if you can't digest the capsules, what is the point?! One last thing, that you will love if you are always on the move.....these capsules are shelf stable at room temperature in the packaging, which is AMAZING. Keep them in your gym bag, your suitcase, your desk at work, all without having to worry about rushing back to your fridge. If you're like me and forget to take these kinds of things, this is a HUGE plus. I traveled with them recently am so glad that I did.
The results have been great. Because I felt well, my stress levels evened out, even though I felt rushed all the time for about six weeks. My digestion improved, my mental clarity definitely got better, and my skin stayed relatively breakout-free. I was certain that it was going to crazy, and I can't tell you how relieved I am that it didn't - especially given the on-camera work that I ended up doing. That's a small miracle all on its own.
All photos by Tobias Wang.
This article was produced in partnership with Genuine Health, but all opinions are my own.