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Regular readers of my blog are aware of the chronic health conditions I deal with everyday.
I have always had a tricky digestive system, even from a young age. I was actually a vegetarian for awhile as a teenager. I developed an iron deficiency because of it, so I began to incorporate chicken, eggs and slowly meat back into my diet only to have my digestive system go haywire again. This cycle was repeated much into my twenties. It was really tiring and draining on my body.
During the course of this I figured out that my main problem is digesting the fats in red meats, pork, some forms of lactose, gelatin and some dairy products. I have learned what to eat and what not to eat. I also discovered the benefits of probiotics. Probiotics have allowed me to eat favorite things again. I can have a hamburger or hot dog occasionally now instead of none at all. You’d be surprised how many places ONLY serve hamburgers or hotdogs. Straight up pork is still a no go for me though. Since it’s not very healthy for you any way, I’m not too upset about that. It would be nice to be able to eat ham at Easter though…..
One of the main problems for me regarding probiotics is that it is difficult to find a probiotic in the store that doesn’t have the form of lactose I am intolerant to in it’s ingredients. I’ve had to resort to a costly probiotic from a large health company, but as it seems to go, it is covered in a gelatin coating that takes my stomach 2 weeks to get used to every time I start taking it again. And did I mention it’s costly? I am always on the look out for a probiotic that is cheaper and effective.
I was given the opportunity to try Member’s Mark Probiotic, which is available at Sam’s Club, for three months. I went off my other probiotic for two weeks in preparation. I took this challenge because if this probiotic is good, then it will save me hundreds of dollars a year and it will also benefit you, my readers, who are also looking for cheaper ways to better your health with out sacrificing quality. Member’s Mark Probiotic has less ingredients than my other probiotic, but it has an ingredient that is different. I am curious if this will work better. It does have a lactose in it, but not the one I am intolerant to thankfully.
I am going to continue taking the Member’s Mark Probiotic for two weeks and then come back and update you on my progress.
If you are interested, there will be a Twitter party on October 5th with the hashtag #DigestiveHealth. There will be great discussions, gift cards & a chance to win Member’s Mark Probiotic for yourself!
To RSVP please go here: http://digestivehealthfor.me/2011/09/digestivehealth-twitter-party-fall-edition/