For Your Health

Since Logan started daycare in September we’ve been sick with something since then. I’m not joking! I think there’s been 2 or 3 weeks (not necessarily consistently) that I have well since then. The last time I called the advice nurse for whatever illness one of us had, she said that first year of daycare is “crushing.” Her words. Crushing. She said she went through the same thing with her kid. Fun times!

Well most recently in November and December I had bronchitis (for the second time since September) that went on over a month. My doctor finally gave me antibiotics and thankfully it cleared up pretty quickly and my cough is 99% gone. Unfortunately, the sinus infection I also had at the same time did not go away. According to my doctor, azithromycin works on bronchitis but hasn’t been clearing up sinus infections in people this winter. So I was given amoxycillin a week later. Within one day of taking it, my sinus infection was already a million times better. After not being able to smell anything or taste any food, and after having horrible congestion and throbbing sinuses, all of those symptoms were improved!!

Did I mention it was fun times in our house??

While antibiotics are good and I clearly needed them because they worked immediately on my ailments, they come with a whole bunch of side effects. You know all the side effects, I don’t need to spell it out here!

Because of those nasty side effects I’ve been doubling up on my probiotics lately.

I’ve always been into taking probiotics, even when I’m not taking antibiotics. They are really beneficial for gut health and studies show that it can help with things like IBS and Crohn’s, preventing yeast infections, and UTI’s.  Since we seem to catch everything from daycare, I started looking into whether or not probiotics could also help our immune systems to fight off the constant colds we seem to be getting.

Lately I’ve been feeling like the Trader Joe’s probiotics I was taking (that I’ve used for years) hasn’t really been doing the trick. I don’t know why. I began to look around at other brands. There is a lot out there and it’s hard making a decision on which is the “best” one.

I was contacted by a company who makes probiotics: Super Bio Probiotics and I jumped at the chance to try them.

SuperBio combines its blend of probiotics with 900 mg of Spirulina to supercharge the probiotic growth by 600%. This surpasses all other probiotics on the market providing you with improved digestion and a strengthened immune system.

In addition our SuperBio and Spirulina blend gives:

20% of your overall recommended daily nutrition

75%-100% daily value of Vitamins B1, B2, and B3

75%-100% daily value of phytoproteins, micronutrients, and antioxidants

They sent me the product to try. Michael and I both took the probiotics for about a month.

Each capsule contains 5 billion CFU of the following probiotics:

Lactobacillus rhamnosus

L. acidophilus 

L. delbreuckii

L. reuteri 

Bifidobacter longum 

B. lactis 

B. bifidus

AND 900 mg of organic Spirulina

“How is SuperBio different to yogurt? Most yogurts contain just a fraction of SuperBio’s billions of good bacteria. Also yogurt does not contain the proprietary combination of Spirulina and probiotics that can supercharge probiotic growth in the gut and is a powerful source of anti-inflammatory and liver protective compounds. Unlike yogurt, SuperBio does not contain any added sugars or fillers.” SuperBio is Vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and Gluten-free.

Michael said in the beginning that it seemed to help the stomach issues he has but when I checked in a month later to see what he thought, he didn’t think the probiotics made that much of a difference for him. He did not have any side effects from taking the probiotics, though.

For me, I am still on the probiotics train. Since taking the probiotics for over a month our household has had a MUCH NEEDED BREAK from sickness! Seriously, we were lucky to not get sick for over a month. I am a firm believer that taking probiotics helped our immune systems. I was glad we tried them.

If you’re interested in trying probiotics, please check out their website: Super Bio Probiotics.


Hood to Coast Training Run

I woke up Saturday morning and debated in my mind whether or not to run or go to the gym. I decided running on the nearby track would be better than going to the gym and using the treadmill. I drank half an Atkin’s Shake for pre-run breakfast.

I filled my water and ran down to the track. The entire time I ran, I focused on Hood to Coast. I planned every detail in my head. I imagined myself finishing the race and crossing the finish line.

QUESTION: What do you think about when running?

My Hood to Coast Legs are 12, 24 and 36.

Leg 12: is 6.37 miles, classified Moderate, mostly flat, a few rolling hills in the city, start at 7pm.

Leg 24: is 4.92 miles, classified as Easy, flat terrain along the Nehalem River, start at 5:15am.

Leg 36: is 5.23 miles, classified as Moderate, challenging up and steep downhills, winding roads that finish on the beach, start at 2:30pm.

Saturday morning’s run was motivated by nerves. I will admit that I am pretty nervous and anxious about Hood to Coast. I didn’t have any specific goals in mind for yesterday’s run. I just wanted to get in some good mileage.

I felt good during my run. I didn’t have any pain or discomfort. My stomach was a tad uncomfortable from the antibiotics, but I powered through it for about 6 miles without having to walk or stop to rest.

I ran the half mile back to the house and did some stretching and used my Foam Roller.

Today’s Stats:

Time: 1:18

Distance: 7 miles

Calories Burned: 852

I immediately drank the rest of my Atkin’s Shake and fixed a breakfast for myself while the boys helped me move the blog. First, I had half a bagel with light cream cheese.

Then I put some unflavored Chobani Greek yogurt in the bowl and topped it will fresh blueberries. I think I prefer the plain yogurt. It’s not sweet at all (which is much better for me lately) and adding fresh fruit is just enough sweetness.

It was a great post-run breakfast.

One suggestion I do have for people taking antibiotics, be sure to eat a LOT of yogurt and take acidophilus to replenish the good bacteria that antibiotics kill off. “Probiotics are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina. Once ingested, probiotics colonize the intestines and other parts of the body and can sustain themselves unless they are destroyed by antibiotics or other factors.” Besides eating yogurt, I’m also taking acidophilus supplements. Probiotics are so important!

I have to take my antibiotics with food that has substance (bread usually works). For lunch I made ravioli with pesto.

I measured out a serving of pesto, which happens to be 1/4 of a cup. I used half of that and put the rest of the pesto back in the jar. Instead of like 250 calories, it was 125 calories or so.

Lunch was great. Do you have any other ideas for pesto? Cause I think I could put it on everything. 🙂