Creating Digestive System Balance with Green Smoothies & #NaturalProbiotic

 

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It can be so easy to start feeling the winter time blues start to creep in. Being 36 weeks pregnant, I’m not very excited about doing anything very active.  I know I need to be more active, but it’s cold outside, I ache when I move and I get out of breath extremely easy due to a baby being all up in my lung capacity.  While I do try to be active on a daily basis, it comes in short bursts.

Since I’m not quite as active right now as usual, there are other ways I can choose to stay healthier in the winter months, instead.   One of my favorite ways?  Drinking green smoothies and eating lots of green salads!  Here’s one of my favorite green smoothies!

Orange Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Recipe

Orange Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

2 oranges
5-10 oz of fresh spinach
1 cup of water
1-2 cups of frozen strawberries
2 frozen bananas

Directions:

Peel oranges and place in blender.  Blend them up first so that you have lots of juice while blending the greens.

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Add Oranges First

Next, fill up the blender with spinach.  (can be fresh or frozen from fresh)

Green Smoothie, after adding the spinach.

It wasn’t blending well, so I added a cup of water, to get it all swishing around nicely.  Next, I added frozen strawberries and bananas.  Keep adding whatever fruit you want until your blender container is full, unless of course, you’re not wanting enough to feed your whole family.  :)

Here is what it looks like at the end:

Orange Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

When I drink this on a regular basis, my digestive system seems to work much better!

Sometimes, I don’t have time to make that healthy smoothie though.  (or sometimes I’m plain old lazy).  When that happens, I know there’s another way I can choose to be healthy and it also helps my digestion.

I take my InSync Probiotic.  I found them at Walgreens.  

 

Why Take a Natural Probiotic?

InSync Probiotics at Walgreens

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in the human gut. These “good bacteria” are used to prevent many different conditions, but particularly those that affect the gut.

Our gut is home to over 500 different kinds of bacteria. These bacteria provide nutrients and help form the immune system.  Did you know that up to 10% of an individual’s daily energy needs can be derived from the good bacteria in your gut?

Probiotics can also provide multiple benefits for your immune system. When probiotics are abundant in your body, it’s harder for bacteria that cause illness to stand their ground.

What Can Probiotics Help With?

  1. Gut Health (i.e.. Digestive issues including diarrhea, constipation, IBS, lactose intolerance, etc.)
  2. Urinary Issues,
  3. Yeast Infections
  4. Thrush
  5. Crohn’s disease
  6. Ulcerative Colitis
  7. If there’s a family history of allergies or eczema, babies receiving probioitics in the first several months of life are less prone to allergies and eczema.

InSync Probiotic

I’ve been taking my Insync Probiotic for about a week now and without going into the gory details (blush) I’m happy to report that my “gut health” feels better than it normally does.  It’s been a bit sensitive, being that I’m 36 weeks pregnant and during the past week, I’ve felt considerably less sensitive.

I usually have to be on antibiotics during birth due to Group B Strep and it always causes thrush in my babies after birth.  I’m hoping that by being on this probiotic, it will help my body to recover from the good bacteria being stripped away much more quickly and hopefully baby won’t suffer with thrush this time.

Disclaimer:  If you are pregnant or nursing be sure to check with your doctor before taking a probiotic.  Just because my doctor said it was ok, doesn’t mean yours will.  :)
 
 

Join Me For a 21 Day Oral Health Challenge! + Free Printable

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  

 21 Day Oral Healthy Challenge

It can be easy to fall into the rut of not taking care of your teeth!  I’m usually really good at brushing my teeth morning and night, but when it comes to flossing and rinsing with mouthwash, I tend to only do that near the time of my dentist appointments.  I normally have one goal in mind.  Don’t let my gums bleed when the hygienist flosses them for me at the dentist’s office.  Now, that’s not the way I should be treating my teeth and that’s certainly not how I should be teaching my children to treat their teeth either.

That’s why, when our family was given the opportunity to join in on the 21 Day Listerine® Challenge, I was more than happy to sign us up!  Not only do I need better oral health habits, but my kids do, too.  After all, they say it takes 21 days to make a habit.  While my teeth have been pretty healthy overall, at my most recent dentist appointments, they threatened that if I did not start flossing more often, they’re going to have to do several fillings between my teeth.  I certainly want to avoid that, at all cost!  Also, being pregnant, my gums are extra sensitive, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this 21 day challenge can help my sensitivity issues.

 

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What I am Using During this 21 Day Challenge

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I headed to Target and bought the following items:

LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash
LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® (for kids)
LISTERINE® WHITENING® Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste
REACH® Floss

My younger kids were most delighted when they found out that they have a special mouthwash for themselves, too!

Listerine Smart Rinse

Helping Children in Need

Listerine® has an amazing promotion going on right now, where if you go to their Facebook page,  they will help children in need, by making a $5.00 contribution to Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America® program.  All you have to do for them to donate this $5 is post a “Swish Selfie” to the Listerine® Facebook page.

If you do decide to post a Self Swishie, you will be entered into a contest each week that you post a selfie picture.  You’ll have a chance at winning $500 if your picture gets the most votes!

 Will You Join Me in the 21 Day Challenge?

If you’re interested in joining me on this 21 Day Oral Health Challenge, I have made  a free printable to help you (and me) keep track of our progress! To download it, just click here.

What are your biggest challenges when it comes to your family’s oral health?

 

I received a Target gift card to purchase LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

5 Ways to Combat Winter Time Depression

Winter time can be such a challenge when it comes to feeling your best!  For me, I’m already largely pregnant (33 weeks along now and feel like I’m about to pop).  Every little thing seems so hard to do.  We get sick so much easier in the winter; we stay inside so much longer, due to the horrible temperatures outside; and we are generally less active.  This can lead to depression or sometimes just boredom and hopelessness.

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How Can You Combat Winter Time Depression?

1.  Eat Well & Drink Your Water!

I know, sometimes it seems like this is the answer for everything doesn’t it?  Well, you definitely can’t go wrong when you choose to eat healthier foods and drink plenty of water, too.  I know that sometimes, I’ll be feeling blah….and then I drink a big glass of water and suddenly I perk up and feel much better.  I think my body was trying to tell me it needed something else.  For food, try to stay away from too much sugar and consume plenty of raw vegetables and fruits.

2.  Get Sunlight & Fresh Air

I know it’s cold.  Especially for you northerners!  But, if you don’t get enough sunlight in the winter time, you’re just asking to feel down and out.  If you could get outside for short periods of time when the sun is shining bright just to breathe the fresh air and take in some sunlight it will help.  Your body needs to absorb Vitamin D from the sun.  In order to do that, you need to expose as much skin as you can.  For me, it’s just my face, but I still feel so much better when I do.  If you refuse to step outside unless you absolutely have to, be sure to open your blinds every day and let as much sun and brightness in as you possibly can.  Even if you don’t get the benefit of the Vitamin D, you’ll still feel better seeing some brightness through that window!  Of course, you could also try a light lamp to see if that helps as well.  Many people have said that they can’t make it through the winter without theirs.

3.  Exercise

It’s amazing how much raising your heart rate can help you to feel better.  I have really been struggling with doing anything physically.  Everything seems so much harder than it used to.  I know I’ll return to a more normal state, after this baby is born, but for now, even a short walk around our property makes me feel so much better.  Of course you may not want to go outside and if you don’t, you could always go tot he gym or do an exercise video (like my favorite, T-tapp) at home in front of your TV or computer.  Getting your heart rate elevated and your body feeling like it’s going somewhere gives you a boost in confidence and just makes you feel better!

4.  Spend Time With Friends

Friends have a way about making you forget that you’re not feeling your best.  They distract you, encourage you and are generally there to build you up and not to tear you down.  I’m lucky enough to have a mom’s group where I can go if I need some friend fellowship.  They meet every week.  Also, I tend to meet a couple other friends for lunch every week or two, just to give me a brain boost and talk to other moms like me.  It really helps my disposition.  Of course, you don’t have to get alone with your friends, you could always invite another family over, talk on the phone  to an encouraging friend or you could even meet a friend at the gym.  Then you could complete 3 & 4 all in one step!

5.  Stock up on Omega-3′s

My husband struggles the most with feeling blue during the winter months.  We keep a bottle of Flax Seed Oil Capsules available to him at all times.  It calms his brain and makes him feel so much better and more able to focus, too.  Of course, you can get your Omega 3′s from other sources, too.  Cod Liver Oil is a great source for Omega 3′s.  You can also get them from walnuts, sardines and even salmon.

 

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