You know I talk now and again about nutritional supplements and healthy living. I come by it honestly. My grandma introduced me to vitamins and the Vitamix way back when I was just a tot. She helped me solve some immune system issues with her big cupboard of vitamins. And was constantly reminding us to take our vitamin c. Something we do to this day.
I think she alone keeps a certain vitamin company in business. She's in her 90's now and still at it.
I think that it is so important in being in the best health I can be for my family. We can't stave off all illness and avoid all ills in this life but preventing those that are preventable is important and smart.
So I felt I had some research to do before agreeing to review Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets.
I've taken probiotics on and off when I felt a bit off but I admit to being not quite on firm ground when it came to probiotics. I take them off and on when certain situations seem to arise. But feeding them to my family? Well I wasn't really sure how it would benefit them.
Probiotics are bacteria. I think you need to know that first. Now take a deep breath and move on. These are good for you.
Your intestines have bacteria that could, if they multiply too quickly, cause illness. It also has good bacteria that work on your behalf, destroying pathogens (the bacterial bad guys). These beneficial bacteria also manufacture some vitamins, particularly the vital B-complex vitamins.
Probiotics are found naturally in foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, and miso (soy bean paste, sorry me). Human breastmilk is full of probiotics, too, and has actually been used as a treatment for stomach ulcers in adults.
I received a nice package from Dr. Mercola to give their probiotics a try.
In the mail I got….
- 2 Boxes of Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets. One for kids and one for adults.
- A tote
- A smoothie cup which is BPA free with a mixing ball (see it down front in the little picture?) I've been using this thing when I want to mix up all my vitamins in just water. It works great. It makes sure all the powders get mixed in.
- And a health magazine where I learned all kinds of great stuff.
What Makes Probiotics Good for You?
That's what I would want to know. Why are probiotics good for you? Probiotics are excellent for digestive problems of all sorts. But there are 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 of the health benefits of probiotics.
Your Immune System – At least half of your immune response takes place in your intestines, or gut. Probiotics help your intestines to do this job. Allergies, the product of a skewed immune response, can be improved with probiotic supplementation.
Oral health – Yes your mouth! 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 – You've probably already heard of this one before. One of probiotics' specialties is the consumption of yeast cells. If you've got Candida you want probiotics. The symptoms of a candida infection are so varied and numerous that yeast is considered a culprit in a wide range of disorders. The good news is that probiotics are not only effective, they are very safe to take, so if candida turns out not to be the culprit, there's no problem.
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.
Some Details About Dr. Mercola's Complete Probiotic Powder Packs
Dr. Mercola's Complete Probiotic Powder Packs contain 10 strains of bacteria in both the children's and adult versions. Including actobacillus acidophilus DDS-1.
The powder packs are yummy raspberry flavored which made them easy to take with just water. If you have trouble swallowing pills, especially early in the morning, this goes down easy and can even be added to your smoothies. It has stevia in it so there is the sweet factor too.
They're also easy to pack for travel. We recently went on a trip and were able to just dump in our powder packs for our trip. Nice and convenient.
We tried both the adult and the children's version of Dr. Mercola's Complete Probiotic Powder. The children's version was identical except it had 33 mg of the probiotics per serving versus the 270 mg in the adult packets.
Using Probiotic Powder Packs
I found the Dr. Mercola's Complete Probiotic Powder Packs really easy to use. Some days my daughter and I would just mix them in water and drink up while other days we added them to smoothies.
Now as to strengthening the immune system. I started taking these right about the time my husband caught a bad cold. He was not taking them and at first neither was my daughter. I started her on smoothies with the Dr. Mercola's Complete Probiotic Powder Packs added and well my husband skipped for the time being. His cold carried on while she recovered very quickly. I never did catch whatever it was they had.
Could it be the Dr. Mercola's Complete Probiotic Powder Packs? Who knows but we're still taking them.
How Did I like Dr. Mercola's Probiotic Powders?
I really like this quick and painless way to get my probiotics in. I also like that they are soy-free. The powder goes great in my smoothies and that's a big plus for me because they are my go to breakfast. I also like that they don't need to be refrigerated. My previous brand had to be kept in the fridge.
The box holds about a month's worth and retails for about $41.97 which is a little steep to add to my supplement roundup. And since you're supposed to take a probiotic every day for good results. Well… I'm taking them for now. The children's box retails for $29.97 which again is a bit steep. For all of to take them monthly would add up to over $100 just for our probiotics alone.
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.