During the earlier weeks of February I was given an opportunity to participate in a project revolving around the issue of digestive care. I was (and still am) ecstatic. I was literally “gun-ho”, thinking of all the changes I could make to improve my health and well being.
As part of this project, I was mailed a 21 day supply of 4X Pro-B. Here is what one week supply looks like packaged.
If you are not too familiar with this product, don’t worry I will explain. The 4x Pro-B is a natural probiotic, “a live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit”, that has four strains of natural bacteria that is beneficial in stimulating a healthy digestive routine. In addition, taking probiotics also contributes to support immune system function.
If you read that and seemed to be shocked or slightly disgusted, please don’t be. Did you know that probiotics are consumed everyday without you even know it? Yes, this is true.
Probiotics can be found in some brands of yogurt, soy yogurt and even in certain dietary supplements. So consuming probiotics is not that strange as one would think. Personally, I was a little taken back but once I started taking my daily dose – I could feel the benefits!
It has now been exactly 25 days since I started this project. I take my pill once in the morning – then continue on with my day as normal.
At first, I thought to myself that it would probably take the entire 21 days + before seeing any kind of results, but was I wrong! I noticed changes in my body after the first week. I felt lighter. I could tell that I had lost a few pounds – mostly water weight but pounds lost are pounds lost!
As the second and third weeks have gone by, I can tell that inches have come off my waist line. Pants that were hard to button are not hard to wear anymore. Taking the probiotic once a day has definitely made a huge difference in how I go about my day. Along with this natural supplement, I have made a few changes in my eating habits, I have been trying to work out daily, and overall be more active.
Sometimes this can prove to be a challenge, especially in my case being that my office is in my house – where I have complete access to my kitchen ALL day. One thing I can say is that, the probiotic has put a curve into my appetite. I don’t have those afternoon sweet treats anymore. I am able to have to have my three main meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner – and a snack.
I have been preparing healthier foods as well. Eating a healthy balanced meal goes hand in hand with this type of supplement. I mean, it would not make sense to eat nothing but greasy, fatty foods thinking that the probiotic will take care of the excess fat – it does not work that way. I wish!
To give you an idea of the type of dishes I have been preparing for myself and family please look at these few recipes I have posted on Latin Cooking Diva – All of them are less than 400 calories!
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Strawberry Banana Nutella Crepes
Collard Greens & White Bean Spaghetti
For my workout routines, which I prefer to do in the morning right after breakfast, I have been doing a number of workouts. I do cardio, Pilates and Yoga.
I am the type of lady that likes to have variety in my workout routine – I do this to keep the activity fresh and exciting – I get bored fairly easy. But, switching DVD's has been an enormous help.
Another thing I do which I believe has helped me with this project is that I tend to wear my sneakers through out the entire day.
My wonderful husband bought them for me months ago, but they help with toning my lower body – even when I am not working out. It’s like they say: “every little bit – helps”.
You may be wondering where the 4X Pro-B can be purchased, well I have ordered my very first supply from Costco.com. It was super easy, the site is very informative, and you can easily compare this brand with others to see how they differ from one another.
I was able to put together a slide-show of my online shopping experience on my google+ page
For even more information on 4X Pro-B and Costco please visit their facebook page
This is not the end of this project journey – this is only the beginning. Please join me during the entire month of March, where we will talk more about health, exercising, as well continuing this topic of #digestivecare with a second future post.
*this shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #CBias..Please Note: All photos and opinions are 100% my own*