Do you use a daily probiotic?
*Disclaimer: I received compensation from ProbioSlim as a part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own.
As a runner (or endurance athlete) you are probably familiar with the immune dysfunction that can result from hard exertion such as marathon training or and racing a marathon itself. I often find that when I enter the taper phase for a big race, if I am extremely susceptible to sickness. When I was training for the Boston marathon right as I entered the taper phase I came down with bronchitis. One of the things that I added into my daily regimen of nutrition, sleep and exercise was a probiotic in an attempt to get my immune system working at full speed. Did you know that according to the website Triathlete the word Probiotics “originates from the Greek words “for life.”
Recent studies have shown that runners (an athletes in general) can benefit from the use of a daily probiotic. According to Running Times,
“probiotics can enhance recovery as well as improve immune and gastrointestinal function. The British Journal of Sports Medicine reported in 2006 evidence that probiotics reduce fatigue in “overtrained” runners. Probiotics can even help ward off an unwanted cold that seems to interfere with track season.”
This definitely sounds like a strong argument for using probiotics!
Health Benefits of Probiotics
In addition to having positive health benefits for runners, probiotics have general health benefits that should be considered:
- Probiotics replace and replenish the GOOD bacteria in your stomach to promote better “gut” health.
- Probiotics can help to reduce bloating.
- Probiotics are great immune boosters.
- Probiotics can help improve your mood (Who wouldn’t want that?)
- Probiotics can help to promote weight loss
- Probitics can aid in digestion (this can help to prevent the runners trots!)
Sources of Probiotics
The most widely known source of probiotics is of course yogurt.
Here are some other sources of probiotics that you may want to consider:
- Miso Soup
- Probiotic Supplements such as ProbioSlim (Sold at GNC)
Do you use a probiotic supplement or do you work on adding in probiotics through your diet?
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