Sunday, November 17, 2013


                                        Feels Great in the Gut!
"Udo's Choice Products
... are a family of food blends offering individuals an ideal program for increasing energy levels, improving digestion, stimulating the immune system, and managing weight"

These make my tummy feel better!  

 Udo's Choice Formula Line Photo 
It was recommended to me by my nutritionist to take Probiotics everyday to help reinoculate my G.I. tract with healthy bacteria.  She specifically recommended this brand of Super Bifido Bacteria, so I was so super happy to get to review this great product from Udo's.

Probiotics Family - Udo's Choice > helps with regularity, cleansing, intestinal health
Here is a little on how beneficial Probiotics are:
"Why Do We Need Probiotics?
Unfortunately, we also come into contact with disease-causing bacteria which are responsible for about half of all human disease. These include some yeasts (Candida and others), Salmonella, Listeria, Montezuma's Revenge, Amoeba, certain E-coli strains, Botulinum and, in places without sanitation, the deadly Typhus and Cholera.

Probiotics protect us from diseases caused by "unfriendly" organisms by:
  • Out-populating and inhibiting the growth of "unfriendly" microorganisms;
  • Replacing "good" bacteria killed by taking antibiotics (antibiotics kill "bad" bacteria as well as the "good" ones) or cooking foods; and
  • Manufacturing chemicals absorbed into the body that the immune system uses to control the "bad" microorganisms.
Any action taken to kill "bad" bacteria essentially kills "good" bacteria as well. For example, cooking foods, taking antibiotics, or using mouthwash will also destroy the organisms meant to protect us. Replacing them is accomplished easily with quality probiotic supplements.
In addition to protecting us from "unfriendly" microorganisms, probiotics help with the following:
  • Enhance the immune system's ability to fight infections throughout our tissues;
  • Provide a main source of Vitamin K;
  • Lower cholesterol by metabolizing it;
  • Control bowel toxicity and decrease the risk of bowel cancer; and
  • Reduce gas production by non-disease-producing microorganisms."
This is just a bit of the great information they have on why probiotics are so good for you.  I personally take a Probiotic every morning and have found it really helpful in supporting my G.I. tract and even...possibly in my moods.  I believe everything in our bodies is connected very intricately so it wouldn't surprise me if Probiotics have this added benefit.

Probiotics are not the only products offered by Udo's.  They also have a full line of Greens, Oil Blend, QH plus, Digestive Enzyme, Fast Food Blend, Pytonutrients, BIJA chocolate, and Pet essentials.  Whew, they offer a lot of great stuff!

"For bowel health 16 years and up:
10 bacterial strains, formulated for lower bowel health and to help correct chronic lower bowel conditions
    • Inhibits the growth of pathogenic bacteria and viruses that can cause diarrhea

    • Remedies chronic constipation

    • Helps to relieve and prevent intestinal inflammation

    • Enhances the functioning of the immune system

    • Helps reduce the incidence of lactose sensitivity

    • 70 billion viable/active cells per capsule

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Each vegetarian capsule contains: 70 billion viable cells at time of manufacture (48.6 billion guaranteed until expiry).
Bifidobacterium bifidum:  15%
Bifidobacterium breve:  35%
Bifidobacterium longum:  10%
Lactobacillus acidophilus:  5%
Lactobacillus brevis:  2%
Lactobacillus bulgaricus:  1%
Lactobacillus casei:  11%
Lactobacillus plantarum:  6%
Lactobacillus rhamnosus:  10%
Lactococcus lactis:  5% NON-MEDICINAL INGREDIENTS:
Microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, ascorbic acid. May contain traces of: milk powder, whey and soy lecithin. 

Recommended adult dose: To restore healthy intestinal flora, consume three capsules per day on a full stomach. To maintain healthy intestinal flora, consume one capsule per day on a full stomach.

Storage: Probiotics may be frozen. Refrigeration ensures maximum potency and stability however they can be left unrefrigerated for short periods of time, making it convenient for travel."

Udo's Choice ™ Probiotics Blend for ChildrenI feel even more sure that these Probiotics are actually live, and therefore more potent, because of the need for the bottles to be refrigerated.  Maybe others have found they like other products that are "self-stable", but for me, this is the only product that I would recommend for optimal health.

They even have blends of Probiotics for kids and seniors.
Probiotics, Udo's Choice, Digestive Aids, Nutrition, Supplements,  Whole Foods
Oil Blend Bottle

 "Udo's Choice Oil Blend is a carefully blended mix of the finest
Omega 3, 6 and 9 varieties of Essential Fatty Acid sources.
This premium-quality product has a pleasant light nutty flavor and is easily mixed with health shakes, protein drinks, or, added as a topping to salads and vegetables!"

I so appreciate when companies provide the more scientific view of why their product is so good.  They have a ton of more information on their site, but here is some of why Essential Fats are so healthy for us:

"Why do we need Essential Fats?
Just as a member of a large family has many roles, essential fats serve many functions in the complex workings of the human body. Taken in the right amounts and ratios, and taken from the right sources, essential fats help establish and maintain health as follows . . .

  • Increase energy, performance, and stamina. EFAs enhance thermogenesis, help build muscle, prevent muscle break down, and speed recovery from fatigue;
  • Strengthen the immune system. EFAs make hormone-like eicosanoids that regulate immune and inflammatory responses. Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory effects and can slow autoimmune damage;
  • Lower most risk factors for cardiovascular disease. EFAs (especially n3s) lower abnormally high levels of blood pressure, triglycerides, Lp(a), fibrinogen, tendency to clot formation, and inflammation;
  • Improve brain function: mood, intelligence , behavior, and vision. Our brain is over 60% fat. EFAs are important components of the entire nervous system. They are necessary to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. Depression and other brain diseases show decreased levels of omega-3;
  • Aid in weight reduction. EFAs help keep mood and energy up and suppress appetite, thereby aiding in weight loss. More recently, they have been found to block the genes that produce fat in the body (saturated and Trans Fat do not have this same effect) and increase thermogenesis;
  • Regulate organs and glands. Liver and kidneys, adrenal and thyroid glands, and the production of male and female hormones need EFAs;
  • Speed recovery and healing. EFAs are necessary for cell growth and division. They form all cell membranes and regulate vital cell activity;
  • Support healthy child development. For nervous system development, a growing fetus needs optimum EFAs from the mother's body. Mothers become depleted of EFAs during pregnancy, and need optimal EFA intake for their health and their children's optimum development;
  • Improve digestion. Poorly digested foods tie up the immune system and can cause gut inflammation, leaky gut, and allergies. Omega-3s improve gut integrity, and decrease inflammation and "leaky gut";
  • Decrease infection. EFAs have anti-fungal, anti-yeast, and anti-microbial properties, helping to protect against infections;
  • Keep bones strong. EFAs aid in the transport of minerals that keep bones and teeth strong, helping to prevent osteoporosis;
  • Protect genetic material. EFAs regulate gene expression, and omega-3s inhibit tumor growth;
  • Ease PMS. Studies indicate that omega-6 (GLA) intake was voted, by women, among the top three most effective PMS treatments. Omega-3s may be even more effective;
  • Produce beautiful skin, hair, and nails. Some of the first signs of EFA deficiency are dry, flaky skin, dull hair, and brittle nails. omega-3s can help skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Also, GLA (omega-6 derivative) administration is useful for some patients with atopic eczema.

  • Essential fats are easily damaged by light, air, heat, metals, water, and time."
    Product - QH™ Plus 

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