What the Heck is Plexus: Probio5

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Happy Monday friends! I am going to start this Monday morning off with a fact: it takes our gut an entire year to repair itself after we take an antibiotic. How can we avoid taking antibiotics/illness in general? Start taking a good probiotic. This is my trusty probiotic and I am so happy I discovered this greatness.

ProBio5 is not just a probiotic; it is a formula containing multiple ingredients in a specific blend for purposes other than those usually addressed by just a probiotic. That formulation is a balance of those ingredients designed to work optimally. Our combination of bacterial colonies is there because that dose and blend of ingredients accomplishes their objective better than any other. Mine contains: Bacillus Coagulans, L. Acidophilus, B. Longum, L. Plantarum, and Saccharomyces Boulardi “S. Boulardi.”

The yeast in ProBio (S. Boulardi) is a unique, non–pathogenic yeast that has many beneficial actions in the intestinal tract. S. Boulardi has been utilized worldwide as a probiotic supplement to support gastrointestinal health. It benefits the gastrointestinal tract by increasing intestinal populations of healthy bifidobacteria while decreasing numbers of disease-causing organisms. A common supplement regimen lasts 3 – 4 weeks or for up to two weeks after diarrhea has resolved. It can be taken with antibacterial antibiotics. It is compatible with probiotic supplements. As a transient yeast organism that passes through the intestines after ingestion, S Boulardi does not attach to the mucosal cells lining the intestinal lumen, but exerts its beneficial effects on the host as it moves through the gastrointestinal tract. S Boulardi is completely unrelated to Candida albicans, C. tropicalas, C. kruise and other Candida species that cause disease and overgrowth species decrease the acidity of the gastrointestinal mucosal membrane susceptible to invasion by disease-causing bacteria and yeast. S. Boulardi exerts the opposite effect. It produces lactic and other acids know to inhibit disease causing Candida yeast species. Animal studies have shown that S Boulardi actually plays a role in preventing the Candida yeast from reproducing in the gut. GI ProHealth’s S boulardii is made with certified S Boulardii to ensure maximum potency, efficacy and safety. Although S. Boulardi is closely related to S cerevisiae, commonly known as “bakers yeast” or “brewers yeast” the two strains have different genetic make-up and enzyme profile. S. Boulardi is free of lactose, casein, gluten, corn, soy, egg, sugar and maltodextrin. It is safe for use in children and adults following a gluten-free or casein-free diet.

If you go into any health food store, you will find probiotics on the store shelves and in the refrigerator. In the past, ALL probiotics had to remain refrigerated. However, about 7 or 8 years ago, a stabilization process was developed for probiotics, allowing them to maintain their potency at room temperature. Multiple studies have since shown that the efficacy is the same for refrigerated and stabilized probiotics. Mine does not need to be refrigerated and the reason for this is because it is freeze-dried. If you look up the difference between freeze dried and refrigerated probiotics there are studies that say there is not one better than the other as far at that aspect is concerned. Bacillus Sporogenes does not need refrigeration and makes our probiotic blend stable at room temperature, also known as “coagulans.”

What the Heck is Plexus: Biocleanse

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Happy Monday, friends! Today, I want to tell you guys about Part 2 of the triple action health combination I take daily: Bio Cleanse. This is a supplement that helps get your digestion on track by speeding up the removal of harmful microbes and substances to support your body’s natural detoxification process.

Benefits:
– Helps cleanse the gastrointestinal tract
– Helps relieve gas, bloating, and discomfort
– Helps promote regularity
– Helps remove harmful microbes and substances
– Relieves occasional constipation
 
Features:
– No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
– Gluten free
– 100% Vegetarian

The main ingredient in Bio Cleanse is magnesium and because it is combined with Vitamin C, it turns into magnesium ascorbate, which is even more gentle than magnesium citrate and therefore, easier for your body to break down. It also interacts with the sodium to oxygenate the tissue creating an alkaline environment in the bowel.

Certain sickness-causing cells cannot survive in an alkaline & oxygenated body! I mean, who doesn’t love that?! Every cell in the body needs magnesium to function properly. About 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium – I used to be part of that 80% but now that I take BioCleanse every day, I am not.

Strawberry Banana Belly Buster Smoothie

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Happy Thursday Loves! I leave for the beach with my family two weeks from tomorrow so I am starting a solo 14-day Belly Buster Challenge and I am so excited – I did this challenge with a few friends back in January and I absolutely loved it. I am excited to do this again because this is my favorite smoothie. Here is the recipe and why I personally chose each ingredient. Feel free to adjust it any way your heart desires ☺️

You Will Need //

  •  1 packet of Plexus Slim [regulates blood sugar, cholesterol, + lipid levels // burns fat, not muscle. The chromium is responsible for cell signaling aka helping your cells talk to each other. Carbs, high sugar, fatty foods interfere with cell signaling + consuming too much are one of the main reasons you get sick. Basically Chromium is our BFF]
  •  1 packet of Plexus P96 [contains 20+ vitamins + minerals – cold processed through + through so you actually get all of the nutrients it says. I learned about 95% of protein powders are warm processed + the heat destroys the nutrients they claim to have)
  •  1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk [EW I do not like anything else coconut except this – literally the only exception. So why coconut? Well, because this + slim + P96 are a triple threat powerhouse to burning fat. Coconut milk is a natural thermogenic to burning fat + boosting your metabolism because it contains medium-chained fatty acids, so instead of processing carbs through the blood stream + storing them as fat in your body like most milks do, it processes them through the liver + stores them as carbohydrates for energy]
  •  6 sliced strawberries [aside from being my favorite fruit, I have a family history of heart conditions – the polyphenol content in strawberries reduces risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing platelet build-up + reducing blood pressure via anti-inflammatory mechanisms]
    • 1 frozen ripe banana [primarily for potassium + magnesium purposes – I get muscle cramps when I do not eat a banana before or after a workout/run]

Directions //

  1. Combine all five ingredients in a blender until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Enjoy! 🙂

One more day until the holiday weekend begins. Make the best of today, friends! xo

What the Heck is Plexus: Slim

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Hi Friends – Happy Monday! I remember when I used to dread Monday morning and always want to nap in the middle of the day every day but I haven’t in over 6 months thanks to this incredible pink drink, affectionately known as “Slim” from Plexus Worldwide.

I will be the first to tell you the name can often be misleading and mistaken to target only people who are trying to lose weight. I personally did not start drinking Slim to lose weight – I am classified on the normal weight range for my age and gender but closer to the underweight side. I do not want or need to lose weight. This drink is so much more than that. It is a delicious, power-packed health drink your body has been waiting for. Slim features a premium microbiome activating formula that contains ingredients clinically-demonstrated to improve gut health and promote weight loss.

Slim is clinically proven to regulate blood sugar, cholesterol, and lipid levels. It also burns fat, NOT muscle. How does it build muscle? It contains chromium. Chromium is responsible for cell signaling. Your body HAS to have good cell signaling to remain healthy and if your blood sugar/insulin does not know how to properly “speak” to your cells or your cells do not know how to respond to insulin, and especially if you are chromium deficient, this can happen with your blood sugar. If you do not have your cell signaling right on point then your cells can start getting disrupted and they can form diseases in your body (ex: diabetes, possible cancer, etc) all sorts of health issues can go on when there is a miscommunication with cell signaling. Chromium “speaks to” your cells about insulin levels and blood glucose levels. Blood glucose levels are super important for burning fat and building muscle properly. If your blood sugar is not balanced then you are not going to maintain a healthy weight – it will NOT happen. The reason for that is your cell is not gonna know what the heck is going on so they gotta have proper cell signaling to know what the deal is.

Benefits

  • Clinically demonstrated to help you lose weight
  • Promotes the growth of good gut microbes
  • Increases Lactobacillus by 365 times and Bifidobacterium by 290 times- contributes to overall health
  • Increases the metabolism enhancing Akkermansia microbes by 250 times
  • Supports healthy glucose metabolism

Features

  • Clinically studied Xylooligosaccharide (XOS) prebiotic
  • Patent pending formula
  • Delicious raspberry, lemon, watermelon flavor
  • 5 Calories
  • No artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors
  • 30 single serve packets for on-the-go convenience
  • Gluten free
  • 100% Vegetarian
  • Non-GMO

This is my favorite drink out there. You are able to feed your gut with beneficial prebiotics, support a healthy glucose metabolism, and lose weight – with one great-tasting pink drink.

What the Heck is Plexus: P96

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Happy Monday Friends! I have been asked by a handful of people what my thoughts on protein powders are – some people are for protein powder and others are against it. I personally am for them now but that was not always the case. At one point, I was under the impression that the best way to get all of the essential nutrients and proteins your body needs is strictly through your diet, which is still important, BUT not always enough – especially for picky eaters like myself.

Why do we need proteins anyway? Well, they are the building blocks of life and every living cell uses them for functional and structural purposes. These guys are long chains of amino acids linked together (like beads on a string) and then fold into complex shapes. The amount of protein intake you personally need depends on your weight. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is a modest 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight – you can multiply your weight in pounds by 0.36 to convert your weight to kilograms. If math is not your strong suit and you need assistance calculating it, I will gladly help you 🙂

Protein powders used to rub me the wrong way because you do not know what additives and chemicals are put into it. There is a lot of misinformation behind protein powder marketing and the vast majority of them are not as healthy as they claim to be. Many protein powders contain processed soy, artificial sweeteners, sugars, artificial flavors/colors, and synthetic nutrients that are difficult for our bodies to absorb.

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P96 from Plexus Worldwide is different though. I did a two-week Belly Buster Challenge back in January to kick off the new year. I came up with my own shake recipe and they are by far my favorite morning shake. I am doing it again in two weeks before my family’s vacation so I will share that recipe the day I start it, which will be on June 29 – let me know if you wanna join me 🙂

Back to my beloved P96, it is honestly the all-around best protein powder I have ever used and there is no going back to anything else. Here is why:

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95-98% protein powders are neither natural nor are they cool processed (causing so called “nutrients” to be stripped), so they will be no good to you. P96 falls into the 2-5 percentile that actually does contain all of these things so that is why they are the best choice. P96 is natural and contains no artificial sweeteners whatsoever. There are no chemicals, no toxins, and no dye. They are naturally flavored – chocolate or vanilla.

What did I mean when I said, “cold-pressed?” This means that all of the nutrients stay in tact when the whey protein is cold-pressed as opposed to warm-pressed. Heat destroys those nutrients your body needs. P96 contains whey concentrate as its primary source of whey protein and it contains whey isolate. Some people think it is warm-pressed because of the whey protein isolate but that is NOT true. It is cold pressed through and through so all of the nutrients stay in tact like they are supposed to be.

If you want to search for another powder that is all-natural, cold processed, and contains primarily whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate as long as it has been cold processed, be my guest but I personally recommend P96 to anyone and everyone 🙂

Gut Health: Understanding Your Second Brain

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Happy Friday, my friends! I figured I would start this post off with a little food for thought and a scientific #FactFriday. 70-80% of our immune systems are located in our gut. If you have ever felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous or “gone with your gut” to make a decision, you are most likely getting these feelings from an unexpected source: your little second brain. Hidden among the walls of the digestive system, this “little second brain” is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, overall health, and the way you think.

According to the John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine, scientists are referring this “little second brain” in your gut the enteric nervous system (ENS)… and it is not so little. The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from your esophagus to your rectum.

What Power Does The Gut Brain Have?

Unlike the big brain in your skull that everyone knows about, the ENS is unable to balance your checkbook or compose a love note. “Its main role is controlling digestion, from swallowing to the release of enzymes that break down food to the control of blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination,” says Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, whose research on the enteric nervous system has triggered international attention. “The enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results.”

The ENS may trigger big emotional shifts experienced by people coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional bowel problems such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and upset stomach. “For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around,” Pasricha says. Researchers are finding scientific evidence that irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system (CNS) that cause mood changes.

“These new findings may explain why a higher-than-normal percentage of people with IBS and functional bowel problems develop depression and anxiety,” Pasricha states. “That’s important, because up to 30 to 40 percent of the population has functional bowel problems at some point.”

Understanding the Gut = Finding New Treatments

This new understanding of the ENS-CNS connection helps explain the effectiveness of IBS and bowel-disorder treatments such as anti-depressants and mind-body therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medical hypnotherapy. “Our two brains ‘talk’ to each other, so therapies that help one may help the other,” Pasricha says. “In a way, gastroenterologists [doctors who specialize in digestive conditions] are like counselors looking for ways to soothe the second brain.”

Gastroenterologists may prescribe certain antidepressants for IBS, for example – not because they think the problem is all in a patient’s head, but because these medications calm symptoms in some cases by acting on nerve cells in the gut, Pasricha explains. “Psychological interventions like CBT may also help to improve communications between the big brain and the brain in our gut,” he says.

There Is Still So Much More To Discover

Pasricha said that research suggests that digestive-system activity may affect cognition as well. “This is an area that needs more research, something we hope to do here at Johns Hopkins,” he says. Discovering how signals from the digestive system affect metabolism, raising or reducing risk for health conditions like Type II Diabetes, is another area of interest. “This involves interactions between nerve signals, gut hormones and microbiota—the bacteria that live in the digestive system,” Pasricha says.