Before I had a family (when life was just all about me!) I would wish for specific things. A new job offer, a promotion, to win tatts lotto, a new car or maybe find a rolled up wad of cash on the footpath that I would most definitely, immediately, maybe, kind of not hand in to the police… (insert guilty face emoji here!)
Now, some 15 years, a husband and two kids later, when I hold a wish bone, or blow out my birthday candles, or get one of those special wish potato chips that are curled up in a peculiar way, I close my eyes and wish for nothing more than health and happiness for my family.
It’s only now, that I’m older and wiser, that I’ve come to realise that the two ALWAYS go hand in hand; health and happiness. If your health is faring poorly, your happiness most likely is too and vice versa.
So on this quest for happiness (and perhaps believing that my years of wishing may just pay off) that I have found myself on since becoming a mother, I have also been on a journey to find the right healthy balance for everyone that I love.
I have made many lifestyle changes over the years and listened to a whole lot of different health recommendations such as cutting out sugary soft drinks, sugary foods and naughty treats, changing my bread to sour dough, rubbing coconut oil on my skin, increasing my intake of super foods and drinking aloe vera just to name a few.
Some have worked and some haven’t (and yes I probably seem, at times, like I am obsessed with being healthy, which is probably being NOT healthy) and I’m usually left feeling unsure as to which I should continue and adapt into my life and my kid’s lives and which ones I should just forget about.
Over the years I have also seen and taken the kids to many different doctors, specialists, naturopaths, nutritionists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, myotherapists etc. all for different reasons including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), repeated gastro, ongoing colds and flu’s, anxiety, joint pain and skin irritations.
And always while sitting there with these health professionals, the quest for improving our H & H is always on my mind, so I ask them their best advice for working towards the healthiest life for my family and I. Their answers are often varied but there is always one common thing they ALL recommend and that is Probiotics.
And not just for me for my IBS, to help with the bloating, tummy pains and irregular bowel movements, and not just to help with my occasional thrush (yeah I am prone to that too…boo) but they recommended it for the whole family.
From when Penny turned one until she was two years old, she threw up ten times. It was a horrible year for me as I am a vomit-a-phobe. I don’t know where it’s going to land and when and that lack of control freaks me out! Almost once a month was spent cleaning up spew from bed sheets, the carpet, the bathroom, clothes, bibs, blankets and the couch and countless washing machine loads took over our live.
It wasn’t always gastro either. Sometimes she would eat too much of something and throw up, eat something that may have been sitting around for quite some time and throw up, eat a bad berry and throw up. Whatever the reason, it was clear her gut needed some protecting.
So when various people (friends and different doctors/ health professionals) started telling me I should try introducing probiotics into our house more regularly (even on a daily basis for some periods of time) I had to take the advice – I haven’t looked back.
Now, many people will probably say because Penny is now three, her little tummy has built its own immune system as she has grown and it is able to fight off different bacteria’s because she is older, but I think probiotics has had a lot to do with it.
For the past year I have been giving my girls yoghurt every single day – yoghurt is a fermented food and is a probiotic – to help the bugs in their tummies maintain healthy levels of beneficial bacteria along with having enough fuel to fight against bad bacteria that may enter.
I also pop a dose of powdered probiotic supplement, such as Life-Space’s Probiotic Powder for Children, on their brekky in the morning when one of them shows signs of either having an upset tummy, constipation or diarrhoea, a sniffly nose, or if they’ve had to have antibiotics.
The kids can’t taste the powder at all and taking a couple of tablets a day for me is simple.
We recently met Giaan Rooney, two time Olympic swimmer and Life-Space Ambassador, at the Kid’s Business Blogger’s Brunch. We chatted to her for ages about the benefits of probiotics for you and your family.
It was pretty inspiring to hear that someone who appears so fit and healthy has battled with tummy upsets and eczema, both of which, she told us, may be helped with daily probiotics. She was very down to earth, and is a Mama just like us.
There are so many things we can’t control in life, especially when it comes to our health, but at the same time there are things we can do to steer things in the direction we want them to go. We can take steps to try to protect our children and ourselves while we are on this mammoth quest toward health and happiness.
For me, probiotics are a natural choice in helping me achieve this for my family.
And that’s all I can close my eyes and wish for.
Mama loves to share was gifted a Life-Space Probiotic sample but all opinions expressed in this article are 100% our own words and thoughts.