Finally, A Probiotic That Lets Me Eat The Food I Want ... Minus The Bloating!*
I spend most of the day moving my body, whether it's teaching a class, riding a bike through the city, climbing up a rock wall, or training for my next race. I'm religious about my early bedtime. And for the most part, I try to stick to a healthy routine and eat clean, whole foods as much as possible.
But my diet will never be perfect. I drink one too many cups of coffee. I'm a late-night snacker. I'm constantly on the go, sometimes grabbing whatever's convenient in a pinch, and I don't always have time to cook or make well-rounded lunches. And I'm a New Orleans girl, so when my dad catches fresh fish, we fry it up—how can I say no to that?
Over the years, I've learned how to read my body and realized that some of my favorite foods—including dairy, sweets, and the food I grew up eating—trigger that "everything feels tight" type of bloating. My work schedule plays a part, too. When I'm less stressed, I can focus more on what I'm eating and plan out my meals. But during crazy busy weeks, I definitely have this feeling of being bloated.
Bloating directly affects how I feel—my motivation to move, how I move, and whether or not I'll go out to dinner with friends. I tried a little bit of everything to get rid of it: making bloat-fighting meals, trying "digestive-boosting" workouts, and doubling down on water intake. Besides totally avoiding all the foods that trigger bloating for me personally, which isn't practical or ideal, I've never found anything that's helped ease my bloat.
So, I pivoted my approach to my digestive health.
A probiotic solution to my unwelcome bloating.*
Rather than trying to fix my bloating, I decided to support my gut by adding a probiotic to my routine. As an athlete, I'm very selective when it comes to the supplements I take, so when I learned that mindbodygreen used clinical research to formulate probiotic+, a daily probiotic capsule with four bacterial strains that help ease bloating and promote abdominal comfort specifically, the decision was easy.*
I personally trust and use mindbodygreen supplements+ because their ingredients are backed by science, their processes are clean, and the end products are thoroughly tested for precision, potency and purity. probiotic+ is made with these premium quality standards, including a rigorous four rounds of testing.
It's the only probiotic supplement in the world with this particular combination of four bacterial strains rooted in clinical gut support benefits. The strains in probiotic+ are clinically shown to ease bloating, improve digestion and regularity, and help maintain a healthy weight: B. lactis Bi-07, B420, HN019, and L. acidophilus NCFM. The gluten-free, GMO-free, and vegan formula contains 32 billion shelf-stable bacteria (so it stays on my kitchen counter where I can see it, not tucked away the fridge) and you take it once a day.*
So the only question I had was, will it work?
Did probiotic+ work? My review.
I didn't expect to feel or notice any immediate changes. I simply made it a point to take probiotic+ daily. Easy enough: I always make time for a filling breakfast after I teach my morning classes—the perfect "me time" meal to take probiotic+.
Shortly after I started incorporating it into my routine, I realized that I wasn't experiencing the usual gut and digestion issues that I'd grown accustomed to feeling. The awareness was suddenly noticeable: That tight feeling in my stomach was gone, replaced instead, by the sense of relief that my body was doing what it's supposed to be doing.*
The lingering discomfort of abnormal digestion is no longer a daily frustration.*
Ever since I made probiotic+ a consistent part of my day-to-day routine four months ago, my bloating has subsided. The lingering feelings of less-than-optimal digestion are no longer a daily frustration, and that's made a huge difference in my attitude and how I feel about myself.*
For the first time, I've found a personal solution for bloating relief, and I'm excited to make it a new habit. I do my best to find balance in my life, but let's be real—I'm not always going to eat the cleanest foods. Now I know that if something's not great for my stomach, then my body is strong enough to be able to work through it. Fried fish and multiple cups of coffee included.*
Ash Wilking is an athlete with over twelve years of martial arts experience, a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a top ranked triathlete, competitive swimmer, Nike Master Trainer, and instructor at Rumble Boxing. Graduating with a Bachelors in Instructional Design and Workforce Development from Louisiana State University, Ash's expertise in process and program design amplify her focus on creating top notch fitness routines.
Ash is certified in Personal Training by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), and a Functional Range Conditioning Specialist (FRCs). Her love for fitness is evident in her high energy and sweat drenched workouts geared to both elite and everyday athletes.