What do you know about probiotics?
Yesterday, fearing my appendix might be ready to burst, I visited my family doctor.
Do you think about what panties you have on before you go to the doctor?
I didn’t want to wear something that shouted “SEX!”
I didn’t want to be in full granny-age-armor either.
Such a dilemma!
I’ve been having all sorts of stomach/digestive issues for ages.
My symptoms have been getting progressively worse the last few weeks.
My husband threatened to drag me to the ER the other night.
Dr. Google has only caused me to become more confused, because it turns out there’s a lot of stuff inside our bodies.
At last count, there are four hundred zillion different body parts that could be responsible for my symptoms.
Things like intestines, an appendix, ovaries, kidneys, ulcers, a gallbladder, my bionic arm’s computer … blah, blah, blah.
(By the way, I’m seeing a GI doc in about ten days. I would have waited until that appointment but severe pain on the right side of your abdomen can’t always wait.)
So anyway …
I’ve been instructed to go immediately to the ER if things worsen.
(My family doc is very dramatic like that!)
The doc took lots (!!) of blood, ordered an ultrasound of my abdomen (and my girly parts),
And he told me to go heavy on probiotics as we wait for all the test results.
He was shocked I wasn’t already taking probiotics either via food sources or in pill form.
Is everyone in the world (but me) taking probiotics?
I wasn’t even sure what they WERE until yesterday.
When the doc mentioned probiotics, my mind flashed immediately to the Activia commercials where the woman seems to imply they make her shit regularly.
I don’t need additional shit in my life.
As it turns out, probiotics (possibly) do all sorts of good things for you.
In lay man terms,
Probiotics are The Good Guys and *experts* think you need them to fight The Bad Guys in your body.
Don’t you love when I get all scientific on you?
In recent months, I’ve cut dairy almost completely out of my diet.
I thought it might be the culprit in my stomach issues.
(I’ve also tried eliminating gluten and other possible food suspects … all to no avail.)
In the process of eliminating dairy, I stopped eating yogurt.
Yogurt has probiotics in it.
I used to eat yogurt pretty regularly.
Yesterday, I went directly from the doctor to the grocery store.
I bought yogurt.
I even bought Activia yogurt. I did so mainly out of convenience because my grocery store didn’t have many choices in stock.
I also bought kefir - plain, not sweetened.
(I actually LIKE kefir. Am I the only one?)
I was surprised to learn kimchi, and sauerkraut, and dark chocolate also contain probiotics.
Does anyone pig-out on sauerkraut? (I know some of you pig-out on dark chocolate.)
I have a hard time imagining someone eating massive quantities of sauerkraut.
If it turns out I’ve gone through months of stomach issues due to lack of yogurt,
I’m really going to be pissed off.
(Although, it would be awesome if the solution is that easy!)
Now, please pass the kefir.
Also – I’d love to hear what YOU know about probiotics.
Do you eat them?
Or take them as a supplement in pill form?
Do you have any experience with them helping you or a friend/family member?