As you know, I have Celiac Disease. Thanks to Celiac Disease, I deal with certain…tummy troubles. Because of this, I have always been a big fan of probiotics. I was taking probiotics before probiotics were cool! So when Genuine Health reached out to me and asked me if I’d like to try some of their products in exchange for a review, I was thrilled. I’ve tried lots of probiotics over the years, so I like to consider myself a probiotic connoisseur. Genuine Health makes a variety of products, like sports nutrition protein powder and turmeric pain relief. Although I was intrigued by several of them, I asked if I could try the Advanced Gut Health Probiotic with 15 billion CFU.
One thing I immediately liked about Genuine Health was the ability to buy probiotics in 15 billion or 50 billion CFUs. When my doctor and I discussed probiotics, she said that I needed products with at least eight billion CFUs, and many brands fall short of that. Another thing that drew me to Genuine Health’s Advanced Gut Health Line was the fact that the probiotics are gluten free (a must), soy free, and vegan.
My phone broke over the weekend, taking most of my pictures with it, but I managed to salvage a few pictures I had taken for this post! Last week was really rough— the baby had an allergic reaction to something we didn’t know she was allergic to, my phone broke, and the solar eclipse meant traffic was a headache! I don’t know about you, but when I get stressed, my stomach starts acting up. That’s actually one of the reasons my doctor originally talked to me about probiotics. See, having optimal gut health is turning out to be more important than people thought. I’ve read articles— scientific ones— about your gut microbiome affecting your weight, your mood, your skin, and your overall health!
One thing about Celiac is that it destroys your intestine until it is treated. That’s not a good sign for a healthy gut biome. Although I have been gluten free for five years, cross-contamination and accidental ingestion can basically set my intestine back to a wasteland. If I were just starting out on a gluten free diet, I would have used to 50 billion CFU formula to jump-start my way back to a healthy gut! As is, the 15 billion CFU is just the right strength for me. Although some probiotics cause bloating as I adjust to them, this one didn’t. That’s a win in my book!
Genuine Health was also nice enough to send some fermented vegan protein bars for me to try!
I travel a lot, and eating out can be a minefield when you have Celiac. Although there are some great accommodating restaurants now, there are also some who just don’t get it. I love having a back-up plan, and these vegan proteins+ bars were perfect for breakfasts and snacks. These bars are also gluten free, soy free, and vegan, which makes them perfect for people with allergies or who follow a vegan diet! They come in four flavors— I tried dark chocolate chocolate and lemon coconut. Although both of them were tasty, I liked the dark chocolate chocolate flavor best.
These fermented vegan proteins+ bars were great for grabbing and going, like on this kayak trip! Between having those as a safe snack option and taking the probiotics daily, I managed to survive a road trip, a stressful month, and getting glutened by a restaurant who just didn’t get it.
Really though, the most important question when it comes to posts like this is “would I buy this with my own money?” Well, let me tell you, the answer is yes! I plan to order more probiotics once I run out, and I’ll be getting some vegan proteins+ bars before my next trip.
Let’s talk: do you use probiotics?