I first heard of probiotics through women I worked with at an office back in 2009. They were doing some sort of intense diet/cleanse. Well probiotics is more than just a method of cleansing your body; they actually act as good bacteria for your entire system. Within the probiotic are tiny microorganisms such as yeast, viruses and good bacteria that benefit the human gut. Not in a million years did I think I would be taking them to treat a medical condition a few years down the road. Crohns disease? Colitis? Proctitis? Excuse me can you repeat that doc? Trust me when I got the diagnosis a part of me wanted to break down. At the age of 26 though I guess it was inevitable that they found something. But what happens when medication doesn’t work? Probiotics I have found to be a natural source of relief and honestly the only thing I can truly rely on to work. Quick, simple and easy, adding a probiotic to my diet has changed my life.
Probiotics became a big talk a few years ago. Perhaps it was the Internet or just the success of the friendly bacteria on gastrointestinal problems. It used to be that they said get yogurt with the natural probiotic in it. Such as Stonyfield or “live culture” yogurt. Well if you’re like me and you’re constantly on the go, yogurt is not always the most easily accessible snack. My “stomach” problems followed me into high school. With any stomach disorder you are either running to the bathroom, nausea, not going to the bathroom or more, let’s be honest. My face began to break out with severe acne and I began to start having these night attacks. I would wake up around 11-2 AM and have to run to the bathroom with my stomach in knots I crunched up on the floor praying it would go away. I had a bad stomach. Everyone knew it, unpredictable, unreliable and embarrassing, yet doctor after doctor told me that it was simply irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
When I was 15 years old I began to have severe pain in the right side of my stomach, turned out to be acute pancreatitis. Nasty. Normally attributed to drinking alcohol the gastrointestinal team assigned to my case were puzzled. How did I get it? Well 11 years later I may have finally found the answer with this whole Crohn’s business and I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, which is totally different from IBS. Probiotics may not cure my Crohn’s but they help give my body the natural enzymes it lacks to break down the foods and wastes that circulate through my intestines. You can try a yogurt such as Activia or “active yogurt” brands in the supermarket.
At first I was nervous because I didn’t know if it would react badly with the medications that the doctors had me on. Using probiotics every morning has been great. My face has cleared up 100%, breakouts are non-existent and my stomach is finally starting to get back to its normal flat feminine shape. I hope that if you have been searching the Internet for answers like I was that this article helps you, because I know that not many people explain the disease in normal human terminology. Crohns may be a lifelong disease, but it doesn’t mean that you have to stop living by any means. If you have any sort of stomach disorder like I do, I highly recommend trying probiotics to regulate your stomach. Some great probiotics to try that are natural and can be incorporated into your everyday diet (if they are not already) are miso soup, dark chocolate, green pickles (who would have thought?!), Kombucha tea and even sauerkraut!