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Happy Belly=Happy Weight

probioticsThere’s been a lot of hubbub about probiotics lately, huh? First it was research on what all the good live active cultures in your yogurt can do. Then it was research linking the bacteria in your gut to disease, immunity and obesity. The bottom line from everything I’ve read and seen: It’s time for us to love our bellies a bit more and not be so afraid of the “b” word: Bacteria.

While I do like the occasional snack of Greek yogurt, I have to admit that I’m not that great at making sure that I get some good bacteria in my diet each and every day. And because I do eat a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables—and eat according to my hunger—I’m not one for adding in more food if I don’t really feel like I’m hungry. And that’s where these probiotics supplements come in.

I’d toyed with the idea of trying some for awhile, and it’s almost like Vidazorb heard my thoughts, sending me a few bottles to try just days after my belly-health ponderings began. Although I’m not in weight-loss mode, the pills are touted by the manufacturer as the perfect complement to losing weight and getting in shape because the probiotics help your body absorb vital nutrients—without any additional calories.

For 30 days, I tried the Vidazorb +OPC Daily Age Defense Probiotic Chewable Tablets in Pomegranate Flavor, and for another 30 days I tried Vidazorb Super C Probiotic Chewable Tablets, Orange Pineapple Flavor. Three pills a day, taken at breakfast, lunch and dinner. They didn’t taste bad, albeit a tad chalky. They didn’t require refrigeration, which was super nice, too. And although they have a high price tag of $30-plus for a bottle (although they’re giving all FBG readers a whopping 50 percent off with the code “FBG50” now through the end of April!), I think the research behind probiotics is worth justifying the price—especially if you’re lactose intolerant or aren’t a big yogurt eater. While I didn’t notice huge benefits at first, after a month of taking these, my digestive track did start working like freakin’ clockwork (Oh, hello 8 a.m.!) and despite those around me getting colds, I’ve been darn healthy all season. So all in all, me likey!

Do you take probiotics? Eat yogurt regularly? Tell us about it in the comments, and you’ll be entered to win one of five bottles of these probiotics to try yourself! You know the drill: U.S. residents only, please, and winners will be notified directly by email. Love that happy belly! —Jenn


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