Tuesday, July 12, 2011

GoodBelly 12-day challenge - Day 8

Today is my eighth day on the GoodBelly challenge and I'm feeling fine.  I am a little bloated, which they say is normal in the beginning, but, I'm not really sure my bloated feeling can be attributed to the GoodBelly drink.  I wish there was some test I could have had done that tested my intestinal microflora before and after this challenge as I'm really curious as to how this is affecting my body. I did a little more research on microflora on the GoodBelly website and found the top 5 ways to restore a healthy microflora balance, which are as follows:

  1. Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Particularly important are non-digestible fibers or prebiotic fibers, such as those found in whole grains, onions, bananas, garlic, leeks and artichokes. These fibers are sort of like food for the probiotics and enhance their effects.
  2. Limit antibiotic use to help you keep the healthy bacteria flourishing. If you do need to use antibiotics, supplementing with probiotics following the course of treatment can help you restore balance.
  3. Reduce stress. Whatever this may mean to you, altering your lifestyle to reduce stress will have a positive impact on your microflora balance. Consider taking up walking, deep breathing, or cutting down on your work hours. Do things that make you laugh really hard – at least once a day.
  4. Exercise! There’s nothing like some exercise every day to keep you in good health, for all sorts of reasons. Walking, swimming, yoga, biking…. there are lots of ways to get in shape, stay healthy and have fun.
  5. Consume a probiotic daily. When you’re on the path to wellness or especially when you’re off kilter, a probiotic can help restore and maintain a healthy balance. GoodBelly contains the well-studied, patented probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (Lp299v) which has been shown to promote core digestive health and support the immune system*.
Based upon this, I think I'm doing everything right!  For now, I'm going to continue with 8 ounces of GoodBelly each day...4 more days to go!

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