Monthly Archives: May 2014
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Florastor.
I am definitely one of those people who wouldn’t be caught dead worrying about gluten free potato chips or even msg. I know, that’s awful but true. I do care about my health and feeling good but I am a “big picture” kind of guy. I laugh at people that obsess about only eating organic food but continue to be 30 pounds overweight and have a resting heart rate of 80 bpms. What’s the point in eating perfectly healthy, but suffering from being obese and out of shape? I call that majoring in the minors – when you focus on the small stuff and miss the big stuff. However, I do believe the small stuff matters, if you are adding to an already healthy lifestyle.
I’ve always been curious about probiotics. I’ve shied away from the topic because I just wasn’t aware of the benefits, nor my need for them. Now, after a little research, along with a great opportunity and education from a leading probiotic company (Florastor), I find myself in a position where I think I could benefit greatly from probiotics.
Just recently I had a traumatic injury at work, and was forced to take heavy doses of antibiotics. I was shot with a 40 caliber hollow point round that took a big chunk of leg with it as it passed through both legs. This is a picture of me, with my bandages on my legs and my dog, Marley. The medication took a toll on my body in a lot of ways. I know it was healthy for my wounds, but what about the negative affects antibiotics play on the rest of the body?
Hard core antibiotics kill all bacteria – good and bad. I am aware of the “good flora (bacteria)” that exists in our bodies to maintain proper digestion, but I had no clue how this balance also affects our immune system, water balance, mood, and even energy levels. To make things worse, I decided right away not to let the gun shot injury keep me down. I am a fighter and I am gonna fight regardless of anything (I thought).
I started training for a bodybuilding show 3 days after getting out of the hospital. I could barely walk, let alone do squats or lunges, but I continued to try my best. Between aforementioned antibiotics, and now the increase in protein supplements and meal replacements, my body was in complete shock. My immune system was reacting to everything, especially a near death reaction (out of the blue) to Advil and Aleve.
I have never been allergic to anything in my life, and now I cant take the one medication that actually gets me through intense training – not to mention my legs were still hurting like crazy, especially after trying to work lower body in the gym. But here I am, completely reacting to Advil (photo of my crazy hives. Have you seen Hitch. Yep, that was me!).
I was learning that stress, diet, trauma, medications, and just plain ole life, can play a huge part in altering our bodies digestive health, and the biggest player in regulating immune function, nutrient absorption, and toxin excretion is our digestive tract. My digestive tract was struggling, and I could feel the evidence of this in my mental, physical and emotional health. What a perfect time to try out this “foreign idea” of probiotics.
I’ve been taking Florastor for about 3 weeks. The first thing I noticed was more regularity (but not anything crazy – meaning this is in no way a laxative or anything). Soon after, more energy. I was unaware how probiotics affect water regulation, but it definitely does. My mood and energy are restored to how I felt before I started training for the bodybuilding show.
I also noticed other small perks that I wasn’t even looking for. My skin was better, my cravings were controlled, and all and all I just felt better. Placebo? Perhaps when it comes to mood, but the other changes were very definite. I still haven’t had the guts to try Aleve again, but that will be a blog for another time.
Does It Work? My Answer…
So, all in all, I’m pretty convinced that Florastor Probiotics are effective and making me feel healthier!
Here are some cool tidbits of info…
This is one of my treadmill workouts for the butt and abs Bonnie posted on her blog. Try it out and see how you can turn your treadmill into a full body gym!!
Here’s one of the videos I did that shows some of the moves.
It’s understandable. Walking on a treadmill can get boring. However, there are ways to keep it fresh! It’s time to take the clothes off the treadmill and put it to good use again – and this time, you can do MORE than just walk on it it!
You can burn calories, while firming your glutes and core, on your old treadmill with some fresh new treadmill moves – all with the treadmill running at only .5 – 1.0mph. Take it slow, practice the moves first and then get ready to feel the burn!
GLUTES, CARDIO & CORE!
A – 5-minute warmup:
Light jog or power walk
B – Treadmill Circuit:
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