Oh Probiotics! Where Were You 20 Years Ago?!

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I never realized when the first ugly welts showed up on my face over 20 years ago that dealing with a soy allergy would lead me into learning all kinds of things about being and staying healthy.

Don’t get me wrong I am by no means an expert on health. In fact I really should know more than I do at this point.

Mostly all I’ve done all my life is take basic vitamins, exercise, and drink water, and for the past 20+ years avoid soy.

But as I get older I realize I need to do more. And so slowly I’ve been learning and incorporating things not only into my own diet but the diet of my family too.

For me the realization that I needed to go further in taking care of myself came after I had to start dealing with a food allergy.

At first it was just a matter of steering clear of soy but slowly over time the initial hits to my system morphed into other negative happenings inside my body. Mostly with my immune system. All of a sudden I got seasonal allergies and eating too much of something, even though it didn’t seem to be that much, could cause a skin reaction!

A compromised immune system and digestive system as you get older doesn’t get better and can get worse if you don’t take action.

One of the things that I have discovered the last couple of years that helps your digestive system and immune system are Probiotics.

Prescription for Nutritional Healing lists Probiotics as…

…beneficial bacteria normally present in the digestive tract. They are vital for proper digestion and also perform a number of other useful functions, such as preventing the overgrowth of yeast and other pathogens, and synthesizing Vitamin K.          ~Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Penguin, 2006

I wasn’t really looking for Probiotics recently when I decided I wanted to up my health quotient. I had forgotten all about them.

You see my mother used to feed us acidophilus milk when I was growing up and currently my sister eats yogurt daily for her own health and also feeds it to her family.

But I wasn’t really paying attention to those things. The dots didn’t connect with me here.

It wasn’t until I started reading more about probiotics in recent health books that I personally decided I wanted to add them to my own regular routine.

Digestive problems are a big issue in my extended family. Turns out the women in my family have a tendency to have digestive issues coupled with various food allergies. Looking ahead to my own future I wanted to head off some of this at the pass.

Probiotics are found naturally in foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, miso (soy bean paste), and Human breastmilk which is full of probiotics, and has actually been used as a treatment for stomach ulcers in adults!

Probiotics are excellent for digestive problems of all sorts. But did you know there are more benefits to taking probiotics besides just digestive help? This is because an imbalance in bacteria – too many bad guys and not enough good ones – can cause all sorts of illnesses. Here are some more of the health benefits of probiotics.

The Immune System – At least half of your immune response takes place in your intestines, or gut. Probiotics help your intestines to do this job. Some people have said they’ve reversed their allergies, the product of a skewed immune response, with probiotic supplementation (I have not done this and actually think a life without soy is a good thing).

Oral health – My latest health interest is in my teeth, oral health. Bacterial imbalances in the mouth can cause tooth decay, plaque build-up, and gum inflammation. Probiotics are becoming part of oral care as studies show their positive effects on mouth health.

Candida – One of probiotics’ specialties is the consumption of yeast cells. And overgrowth of these yeast cells can cause localized yeast infections or a whole-body condition known as candidiasis. The symptoms of candida infection are so varied and numerous that yeast is considered a culprit in a wide range of disorders.

Intestinal disorders – Even severe intestinal problems can benefit from supplementation by probiotics. Probiotics help ease the inflammation caused by such disorders as well as help restore bacterial balance in the gut. A balanced gut is a healthy, normally functioning one.

Here’s an article detailing more about how our bodies use probiotics.

So that’s all nice and dandy but the proof is in the pudding right?

In the last couple of years I’ve tried a couple of other probiotic supplements and even added more yogurt to my diet but I wasn’t sure they were doing what they were supposed to. One probiotic I had to refrigerate so I forgot about it since it wasn’t with my regular vitamins. And although I like and even make yogurt I don’t necessarily eat it daily.

Recently I was sent some Advanced Strength Pro-15 Probiotics from Hyperbiotics to try out.


  • Pro-15 Probiotics contain 15 different probiotic strains in a time-release supplement.
  • They are designed to go forgo being rendered inactive in your stomach acid and instead make it all the way to your intestines where they will do the most good.
  • Pro-15 Probiotics don’t need refrigeration and they have a long shelf life.
  • You can take them with or between meals.
  • Pro-15 Probiotics are also soy-free (which is important for me) in addition to being gluten free, wheat free, nut free, and yeast free.

I’ve only been taking Pro-15 Probiotics for a few days but I’m encouraged at the results. It took about 24 hours before I noticed that something different was happening with my digestion. It was subtle and did not interrupt my routine but I knew something was happening and it wasn’t bad 🙂 Hopefully that’s not TMI for you.

Probiotics lists 2 ways to take their supplements. For daily maintenance you can take one pill daily with or without food. And for some extra help you can take up to 3 a day.

I take one a day.

I was encouraged enough with my own experience that I mentioned Hyperbiotics Pro-15 to a friend who is having some digestive issues and has tried other Probiotic supplements in the past with dismal results.

After she read up on them I gave her 6 of mine to try and she opted for 2 per day plan. I’ll just tell you that she  has been encouraged enough by her results and recently ordered herself a bottle. Again it took about 24 hours before she noticed the positive results that DID NOT interrupt her day.

I also plan to continue taking Hyperbiotics Pro-15.

You can purchase your own bottle of Hyperbiotics Pro-15 on Amazon

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample of this product free from Brandbacker as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


    1. Thanks for dropping by Monique! I’m looking into whether I can give my daughter these or another version of their probiotics. I was truly impressed. Now trying to fit the cost into my monthly grocery budget is another thing 🙂

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