I started taking Primal Defense, a probiotic by Garden of Life, two years ago when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. A friend of ours was thoughtful to buy it for me when I was really struggling those first couple of months. I have taken it almost every day since then.
Like I mentioned in my recent health tips article, probiotics have really helped improve my health and wellbeing. Once I began taking Primal Defense and eating fermented foods, my colitis greatly improved. My gastroenterologist, surprised at how well I was doing, cut my medication back dramatically. I am now mostly symptom free and on very little medication for someone with a severe bowel disease (I don’t even have to take it every day).
The gut and the appendix
Gut health is hugely important for all of us, though! In fact, it has just come out that researchers finally think that they know what our appendix is for and it has to do with our gut! What they found was that the appendix houses a healthy bacteria population and that this is the body’s “insurance policy”. Basically, having a healthy gut, well-populated with good bacteria, is so important that the body has a back-up in the appendix for when the intestines loses its population (through diarrhea or antibiotics, for example). Our appendix has a purpose after all!
The importance of probiotics
Many researchers and doctors are now thinking that many diseases and illnesses, including autoimmunity and depression (!), have their root in poor gut health. So, getting our guts in a healthy place is hugely important, even beyond the healthy digestion and bowel function that probiotics are touted for . Although, for many of us, those functions aren’t small issues and there is nothing like a good dose of probiotics to help keep them going optimally! Stomach aches that I had struggled with years disappeared when I began taking probiotics. I now rarely have issues with gas, if ever. And my bowels function normally. A miracle for someone who has UC!
Primal Defense cured my seasonal allergies
Another huge thing that Primal Defense has done for me is to cure my allergies. This one totally took me by surprise. I never imagined for one moment, when I began taking this probiotic, that it would address my allergies. Who would? So, I was really shocked when that spring came and I had no allergies. Summer came–no allergies. And then–no allergies in the fall. In the past, camping and spending time outdoors with my family during these months required a box of tissues and Benadryl around the clock. It had become especially miserable since moving to Massachusetts. Dang those birch trees!
When I began looking into this little “miracle” allergy cure, I found that there were other people who experienced the same thing when taking Primal Defense. Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies will know how big this is! For this reason alone, I plan to stay on it :).
Primal Defense addressed certain food allergies
And not only did it cure my seasonal allergies, it addressed some food allergies I had as well. Avocados, apples, carrots, and almonds were all foods I had problems with in the past. Supposedly their protein mimics birch tree pollen and some people who are allergic to birch will also have an allergic reaction to these as well. Thankfully, in the past, I never had a severe reaction. But I was always afraid to eat them because they caused my mouth and throat to itch–which is still a little scary. As long as I am taking Primal Defense on a daily basis, I can eat these foods, no problem. (I forgot to take it with me on a trip a while ago and noticed that these foods began to bother me again. Once I began taking it regularly, that problem disappeared.)
Primal Defense Giveaway!
This is not a sponsored post. But, because Primal Defense has done so much for my health, I can’t help but talk about it with my readers. And I am giving away a container to two of my subscribers! To enter, you can subscribe to A Life Enjoyed for free HERE. (All current subscribers are automatically entered into this giveaway and any future ones).
For extra entries into this contest: comment on A Life Enjoyed blog posts (up to 3) AND like this article and/or share it on A Life Enjoyed’s Facebook page. Each of these things will give you an extra entry (up to 5 total!). While you are there, make sure to like A Life Enjoyed’s Facebook page, too :).
Winners will be chosen Feb. 1 at noon.
2/1/2016 Update: We notified the winners through email!!!