Knowing how important a good probiotic is, I have tried many different brands, each professing the max amount and strains of beneficial bacteria. Some worked well with my gut, others, not so much. The good people at Hyperbiotics were kind enough to send me a bottle of their PRO-15 Advanced Strength Perfect Probiotic.
Before I get into my review, I want to give you a little information about probiotics and why you actually need them.
Here's a cute little video illustrating how they work: vimeo.com
Hyperbiotics explains probiotics here.
Inside your gastrointestinal tract (GI) you have billions of little micro-organisms, namely bacteria, which work really hard doing some awesome stuff for your whole body. They help you digest and pull nutrients from your food. These little guys are also giving a major boost to your immune system, becoming a triple threat as they battle some bad bacteria that can cause you illness.
A healthy gut is loaded with beneficial bacteria, unfortunately most of our GI tracts are not as healthy as we would like. If you've been ill recently or take antibiotics, it's especially important to get some more into you so that you can get better faster.
Getting some extra help in this area can help you become more regular, digest better, pull more nutrients from your food, help regulate your metabolism and help combat fatigue.
I have spent way too many years battling gastrointestinal issues. I won't go into specifics, but that is the main reason I have searched for a great probiotic. Don't even say yogurt. Sorry, not my thing. I always feel like I'm eating baby food. Then I tried Hyperbiotics PRO-15 probiotic.
What's different about this one? Here's the info sheet:
Cool, right? I knew about the whole 'let's see how many actually live to help you out' thing, so it's great to find something that has a much higher survival rate. It's also a really nice bonus that the pills don't need to be refrigerated - I have enough stuff in there already, and I often forget to take my vitamins because they're in the fridge and I just don't think about them. I've put this bottle in my morning line of sight, and so far I've remembered to take them each day.
So enough about the product and more about me... did anything change? When I opened the bottle and took out the first two pills, I was a little dejected. I am not very good at swallowing pills. They stick in my throat, make me gag and I am generally forced to drink a whole lot of water with any pill, even the coated ones. These ones are not coated. In fact, they're the opposite of coated, gritty and chalky. So here's the shocker - they went down super easy! I have no idea how they did it, but the complete opposite of what I expected happened. So, good start.
Each bottle has 30 pills, and a choice to made: take one a day for maintenance or take two or three for intense repair. Option one is great if you are a generally healthy person and are looking for just a little oomph. I decided to go with option two for two reasons: first and foremost, I have gut issues, as I've already mentioned. Accelerating the program sounded like a good idea. Secondly, I do have to get my review in within a specified amount of time, so I figured check out what the benefits are, if there are any and check out what the side effects could be.
Every single brand of probiotic I took prior to this one gave me terrible gas, painful bloating, cramping and at times, truly explosive diarrhea. I know these are not things you really want to know about me, but I have to tell you that so that you can understand how surprised I am that even on the intense program none of these things happened! I'm guessing this has a whole lot to do with the time-release thing. I waited for the bomb (so to speak) and when it didn't happen I started to think that maybe it was because the pills aren't actually doing anything at all.
Since I've been feeling pretty good after meals lately, I'm going to guess something is happening, and the only change I've made recently is taking these probiotics. I find that I'm not in pain with horrible gas and bloating after eating popcorn. My husband actually banned it from the house because of the horrors we encounter when eating it. But we went to the movies two nights ago and devoured a large bag between the two of us. Guess who had no popcorn-related side effects? Yup, yours truly.
A second indication that something great is going on in my gut has to do with the big steak dinner I made on Saturday. Now, keep in mind I had only been taking them a couple of days at this point. Anyhow, whenever I have a large, meat-laden meal, a few things always happen: I get terrible stomach cramps, I am hungry again in a couple of hours and even if I have a snack before bed, I still wake up ravenous. This happens every single time, so I avoid heavy meaty meals if I can. I do love steak, though, and I do have to have one every now and then. On this particular occasion, however, I noticed that I wasn't hungry before bed. We had eaten that meal at about 4:30pm and here it was after 10:00pm and I noticed that I wasn't hungry at all. I mentioned it to David, and we figure that I may actually be absorbing more nutrients (finally) from my meals, and so didn't feel hungry. That is amazing. The next morning? Fine. No feeling famished. You have no idea how great this is. Unless you have to live with something, and you've resigned yourself to the fact that this is going to be your life, you have no clue how wonderful it is to feel different - normal.
I have to give the credit here to Hyperbiotics and their PRO-15 Advanced Strength Probiotic.
My health aside, I wanted to give a shout out to the people at Hyperbiotics. I was having some difficulty ordering them from Amazon.com because I live in Canada - apparently they were not available for shipping outside of the US. I contacted Amazon customer service and although the rep diligently tried to help me figure out why they weren't able to ship them out to me, he wasn't successful. I contacted Hyperbiotics directly and they were so quick to respond and were able to walk me step-by-step through the order process - and their patience was appreciated since I wasn't getting it the first time and contacted them a second time. Customer service is so important and I find that nowadays many companies just can't be bothered. Hyperbiotics understands that helping out a customer (even one who is getting this for free!) makes a difference.
Go to amazon.com today & get your own healthy gut!
Product Rating: 5 smiles out of 5
Product Website: hyperbiotics.com
Product Type: probiotic supplement
Would I purchase?: yes
Would I recommend?: yes
All opinions expressed in this blog are my own, unbiased after testing the product. The product was offered free of charge from the good people at Hyperbiotics with the expectation of an honest review within this blog, favorable or otherwise .
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