Monday, January 28, 2013


Getting ready for a competition or just getting into shape takes effort, which can be undermined by getting sick. 

Every day I take two probiotics in tablet form by this label:

They are a little pricey. This box with 120 tablets will cost around $24.00. You can buy a smaller box for 1/2 the cost, or shop around online. 

The girls and I have been taking them since the summer of 2012 every morning 30 minutes prior to breakfast. There are other products I/we also take, but I wanted to mention these first.

This box can be found in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods or Sprouts (previously known as Henry's). I'm sure you can get them at other health food or organic markets if these two markets are not in your area. The most important thing is to keep them refrigerated and eat them right away when you take them out of the box. They are live microbes, meaning that they are live strains of good bacteria. 

There are many different strains of good bacteria and if you have a certain condition you may be able to find out which probiotic is right for you. However, we are taking them for intestinal and immune health to prevent illness and longevity of a sickness.

Prior to the summer of 2012, the girls were getting sick too often, and of course I was the catch all for lots of germs, laying low myself quite a bit. 

I had enough with conventional medication. While I see the purpose of it, I don't think it's the end all for optimizing, sustaining, or curing. I think that the body needs good stuff inside it to help prevent and reduce illnesses. With so many antibiotics and over the counter medications robbing the body of good intestinal flora or compromising one's health,  taking substances to counter the negative effects of traditional medications is important.

Here are some of the noteworthy benefits of probiotics:
  • Improve digestive function
  • Help with side effects of antibiotic therapy
  • Help reduce the risk of certain acute common infectious diseases
  • Improve tolerance to lactose
  • Enhance immune function
You can go to USPROBIOTICS to learn more about research and clinical studies and information. 

All the hard work one puts into getting into shape should not be undermined by a week or two being taken away from workouts or eating well, because you got sick. It's so hard to get back on track once the inertia is set in a different direction. 

I couldn't tell you that the probiotics are the only thing keeping this family healthy, but we have not been sick since the beginning-middle of last year. I think it's related to the probiotics, because we did not get the flu vaccine this year, and the only other supplement the girls take is a multivitamin /mineral, which we have taken for years anyway. 

Plenty of water consumption and plenty of quality sleep shouldn't be underestimated either. 

Workout Today:
30 minute run
30 minute upper body with kettlebell to include two arm swings, one arm swings with shoulder presses, upright rows, bent over rows, bicep curls, and overhead tricip extensions.

Foods I ate yesterday:

chicken breasts
rice cakes

Example of what I ate for dinner: Stir Fry vegetables with a Teriyaki sauce and BBQ chicken in garlic asian sauce. 

The family had the vegetables with an amazing lasagna I made:)
FYI: How well are you doing staying unplugged?

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