Keeping Healthy with Insync Natural Probiotic (and a Few Other Healthy Ideas, Too!)

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I have been on an official diet now for an entire month. Diets are no fun for anyone, but there have been a few surprising upsides to life on a diet. I’ve opted for a diet that involves a lifestyle change…no fad diets for me. I’ve been implementing more fruits and vegetables, a bunch of specific vitamins suitable for (ahem) “aging” women in their mid-thirties, an exercise routine, and recently natural probiotics, too. With Spring just around the corner (as in, I can see it! It will be here in just. a few. days!) and two super active kids, I need myself – and my whole family – to be healthy.

The last few months have been tough, health-wise. Respiratory infections, Bronchitis, severe allergies…we haven’t had much of a break. If I am honest with myself, though, I know that I am the one who has been sick the most often – and that I am the one who has taken the worst care of herself in this family. So basically? I’ve done it to myself. 

Here are five little things that we’ve started doing – that anyone can do – to get our health on track in time for a beautiful Texas Spring!

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1. Drink more water. This seems so obvious, but it makes such a huge difference in my life! I’ve cut way back on the juice the kids get and started making them drink more water, too. No juice for dinner, and water in their sippy cups when we are out and about. At first they didn’t like it (“I want juice! Why can’t we have juice?”), but now they’ve accepted it – and we are all healthier for it!

2. Eat more fruit. Another lifestyle change we’ve made is to drastically increase our fruits and veggies. I’d be lying if I said the kids loaded up on veggies everyday, but they do love fruit. I’ve been trying to replace normal snack foods – like crackers or pre-packaged cups of fruit (which are all fine and have their place!) – with fresh fruit. Yesterday, both kids asked for an apple as a snack. It made me happy. And I had one, too.

3. Add probiotics to your diet. A year ago, when my kids were getting sick all the time, their pediatrician recommended putting the whole family on probiotics. I put the kids on the recommended natural probiotics right away, but I slacked off when it came to myself. A few months ago, though, I started a serious vitamin regiment for myself. And finally – after a year of knowing I “should” be taking probiotics – I added them to my diet.

I found Insync Probiotic, a dietary supplement (not a drug), at Costco (woohoo! You know I love me some Costco). It was super easy to find, right next to the pharmacy.

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Costco is awesome. I bought probiotics and a dress for my toddler. WIN!

The word “probiotic” refers to live bacteria in foods or supplements that can help promote digestive health. My doctor recommended natural probiotics for myself the last time I was on antibiotics, as antibiotics can wreak havoc on the digestive system. Our digestive systems naturally host over 400 bacterial species (good bacteria!). As we get older (cough cough, ME) or experience stress or poor diets, these bacteria – especially one known as bifidobacteria – can decrease. I’m currently on day four of probiotics..

Probiotics can help reset this balance and make our digestive systems happier again!

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4. Play at the park. A park is a great place for the kids to burn some energy, and I’ve found that it makes ME feel better, too! Even if I am just sitting on a bench watching them play, the fresh air is amazing for the soul. We are lucky that we can walk to the park, which means I get some exercise whether I like it or not. I might not be burning a ton of calories, but I’ll take an extra few calories burned wherever I can get them. BONUS for letting the kids burn some energy, too.

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Queen of the park!

5. Play with your dog. Having a dog has been a huge boost to our activity levels. You don’t need to go for a long walk (although, those are great too), and you don’t need to invest a bunch of time. Just a few minutes of playing fetch will get your heartrate up (at least, if you play with my dog, it will) and make for a happier dog. And this is something the whole family can do! And the best part is, you don’t even need a dog. Your local shelter is probably desperate for volunteers to walk and play with their adoptable dogs. 

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Run, Snoopy!

There are all kinds of easy ways to improve the health of yourself and your entire family. I don’t want to spend this Spring sick – and I’m doing everything I can to prevent it. A healthy diet, exercise wherever and whenever I can fit it in, and a little help from vitamins and Insync Probiotic are the first steps I’m taking to a healthier lifestyle.

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What about you? What are you doing to stay healthy this Spring?

Comments

  1. I’ve been needing to try some supplements for aging bodies as well. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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  2. Great ideas for us all! I have been reminding my hubby to drink water this past month!!
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  3. Awesome tips Carrie!
    I have been reading up on probiotics so your post is impeccably timed, is yogurt not a good option?
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    • I believe yogurt is a great option, actually! You got me thinking about this though, and so I did a little research – and from what I could tell, the benefit to a pill is that it’s a more controlled way of making sure you are getting the probiotic (versus yogurt, where the probiotic content might vary by brand or whatnot). For me, I am not eating as much dairy as I used to (darn diet), so a pill is easier…but I’m sure there are also benefits to getting it in yogurt form, too!

  4. Hello gorgeous photos! Love your dog! So here’s another trick for you…work out at the park. I do. I swing with the kids, then I run suicides in the field. Go down the slide a few times, then do squats, lunges and jumping jacks. The kids love to do some of the exercises with me, or they do yoga poses with me when they wake up.

    Also, have you tried supergreens in your water? I do this once a day to help flush toxin,s and get more veggies. Good luck on your diet. No fun but soooo worth it!
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    • That dog is SO naughty!! Ha!

      I had to google supergreens. Is it basically a powder I can add to food or drinks? I do a lot of green smoothies (trying to do one a day). Would supergreens be an even easier way to get my green stuff in?

    • OH! And I LOVE the idea of working out at the park and I am totally going to start doing that!

  5. I NEED to add in the Probiotics too! I’m going to head to Costco to get these!

    I’ve tried to use your meal planner to plan out he meals/snacks ahead of time so we’re not running through the drive thru!
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    • Costco is awesome.

      Meal planning has seriously made our lives healthier (well, once I started planning so many meals that had mayonnaise in them…lol)!

  6. I love all of these tips. We are on a mission to become a more fit and healthy family this year. I’ll have to check out probiotics. I’ve heard lots about them recently.
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  7. I haven’t heard of this particular probiotic, but I’m with you we don’t want to spend spring sick so I’m going to check it out!
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  8. My husband started taking a probiotic after his gallbladder surgery last month and he says after doing a lot of reading on them, that it’s one of the best health decisions he’s made in a long time. As a family we’re all trying to incorporate more natural foods, and a lot more activity!
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  9. I love using ground flaxseed in my food and drinks. But will definitely check these out.
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  10. Great tips! I really need to drink more water, and also look into probiotics. I’m excited that it’s finally getting nice enough now to take walks and go to the park again.

  11. We really need to work on #3! Probiotics is something we do not get enough of! Thanks for the tips.
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  12. I took probiotics to get my gut back in sync after my intestinal surgery. They were safe and helped so much. I need to get some exercise, but really don’t know where to start.
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    • It can be so overwhelming to start a new exercise program! I take classes at the gym…when I work out by myself I’m lazy and barely break a sweat. But I work it at the gym!

  13. Does the cat count? We need to get some probiotics!
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  14. Great tips!!
    I can’t wait for spring to actually be here so we can go outside more.
    Winter has taken a toll and we need the sunshine so bad.
    I totally forget supplements.
    Birth control yes, supplements no.
    OOPS!!

  15. Wow, this post is perfect timing. Only recently I started thinking about my health again. I think we do that, we work on it for a while, slack off and then think about it again. Well now I am really getting into gear and your post just boosted me again. Another thing, at least with moms I know that even when we feed our children all the good stuff, chances are we are so busy that we forget to eat and then what happens, we end up driving by some fast food and getting a quick bite. Just a thought. I’m going to check out our local pet shelter about volunteers, not sure if they would with a baby.
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    • It’s so true…as parents, our kids get the best…and we often get junk! I’m trying to change that but it’s challenging, for sure!

      I wanted to volunteer at a shelter too when I had a baby…I didn’t end up doing it, but I wondered if I might be able to help out walking the smaller dogs with the baby in the carrier – would have been great exercise!

  16. I am also getting older (cough, FIFTY-TWO, cough!) an could stand to start probiotics. I already added fiber (per doc’s instructions) and have started adding a lot more fresh fruits and veggies to our diets.
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  17. These are great ideas! I have been trying to drink more water and thinking about probiotics too.
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  18. I am trying to drink more water and get moving!!
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  19. Great healthy suggestions and I swear by a probiotic! Makes me feel so much better and helps manage my IBS!

    • I feel like my stomach is flatter after taking them for a few days…I don’t know if I’m imagining it, or if it’s my diet, or the probiotic, or what…but I’ll take it!

  20. I’ve used probiotics in the past and definitely noticed a difference. Great tips!
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  21. Drinking more water is at the top of my to-do list.

  22. I am bad about drinking water. That is the top of my get healthier list this year.
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  23. Such great tips! Love the picture from the park!!
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  24. This time of year I stop drinking so much coffee and start drinking more water again!
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  25. Great tips Carrie! I’ve always had a bad immune system, and Nick seems to be the same way. I know that I could certainly be taking better care of myself. I think us mom’s are the worst culprits of that. We spend so much time taking care of everyone else that we forget about ourselves!
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  26. These are great tips and isn’t it always true that Mom is the last one to be taken care of when the family is getting sick. Playing at the park and with the dogs is one of my favorite forms of exercise. #client
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    • And as moms, we don’t get the luxury of “resting” that the rest of the family gets…it’s so important for us to stay healthy!

  27. My daughter is someone that really benefits from probiotics!
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