HAPPY FRIDAY YOU GUYS!! We are talking about probiotics (deliciousness, Mango Coconut is my favorite), someone is going to be a big winner with this post and the difference between last September and this September! This post is sponsored by KeVita!
PS this picture was from the day after Andrew and I got engaged when we were down in St. George:) I always get excited (and so does my stomach) when I find KeVita all over the place.
My oh my a lot has sure happened in a year (like that whole getting married thing… thanks for joining us on this whole thing recently).
Do you remember last September? Just in case you are a newish reader I will catch you up—> September was a rough one. My mom suffered a stroke which caused some permanent eye sight loss (we were all worried sick), my dating life at that point reached an all time low, I didn’t sleep well and I had a few other things going on in life that weren’t great. One really great thing at the time was that my training for the St. George Marathon was going really well. I was hitting splits I never thought possible for me and knocking out each and every workout that my coach assigned. I set a 2+ minute PR in the 1/2 marathon and I was injury-free (for the first time during marathon training in forever:) I knew that the sub 3 I had dreamed about for years was in my reach.
And then I started feeling sick all of the time and super nauseated. Anything that I ate hurt. I went around to different instacares for answers until I finally got into a gastroenterologist. At that point I pretty much stopped running all together because I felt so sick and the second I ate, pretty much anything, my stomach would bloat out to look like I was quite pregnant. My doctor scheduled a scope for me just a day before my marathon and the results were an ulcer, gastritis and some intestinal issues… he told me if I even tried to run the marathon (my body was so worn down and weak at this point) that I would end up in an ambulance instead. I didn’t run the marathon and I cried and cried thinking about how close I was to my hitting my goal. Instead of crossing the finish line that morning, I was barely able to get up from my couch. My doctor worked with me a lot with different medications that I needed and I did end up running a marathon 2 months later in 3:10 but looking back it felt like it took much longer for my gut to heal.
The biggest thing that my doctor stressed to me as a lifelong thing in regards to my GI problems was to make sure that I took live probiotics REGULARLY.
So why are live probiotics so ridiculously good for us—> They are small microorganisms that help maintain balance in the human digestive system, and promote healthy immune function (yes, please). Probiotics are a really important component to a health lifestyle (especially w/70% of your immune system living in your gut!!!!). Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that lines the intestines= healthier digestion. Live Probiotics have been the one thing that I’ve really stuck with over this last year and I will be sticking with them for life because I do notice how much they have helped my GI health.
By far my favorite and tastiest way to get in live probiotics to keep my gut happier has been KeVita.
PS This September has a much better story;) I am now married to Andrew, gained the best step-son, my mom is doing so much better and I’m going to make it to the St. George Marathon.
The things I make him do hahaha.
Something that I really realized when going through everything with my stomach problems was —> when we have a healthy gut we are able to absorb the important and essential nutrients in our diet. As runners, we need all the absorption possible with these key nutrients to keep us running healthy and injury free. Without proper absorption, how the heck are we supposed to recover after our hard workouts!!!
PLUS, a happy gut helps our mood too!!
A little about the KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks —> I’m a huge fan of their fruit flavor and they are super refreshing after a run or at the beach or wherever you need a delicious break:) They come naturally fermented with a Water Kefir Culture and they have 4 strains of live probiotics and 4 billion CFUs (to help support your digestive and immune health). And in case you are wondering, they are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan, low-calorie and kosher. The flavors are all super unique which makes me even more excited to drink one because they are so different than any other flavors I eat/drink (for example they have a Lemon Cayenne one and Mojito Lime Mint Coconut that I love).
Brooke could live at the beach. Each and every wave seriously made her life. What is it about the beach that just rejuvenates us? We picked up a few for our beach day and they were perfect.
I stick with the Sparkling Probiotic Drinks but the KeVita Master Brew Kombucha is naturally energizing with organic caffeine. It comes in all sorts of flavors like Ginger, Pineapple Peach and Raspberry Lemon and their newest flavors—> Citrus, Dragonfruit Lemongrass, and Mango Habanero. They contain 2 strains of live probiotics and also 4 Billion CFUs (they are also enriched with B vitamins).
The KeVita Master Brew Kombucha also has beneficial organic acids which help feed the good bacteria in your gut, so that probiotics can improve digestion. Win-win.
And in case you are wondering the difference between KeVita and other brands…. The Master Brew Kombucha has 6x the Beneficial Organic Acids per bottle compared to leading brands of Kombucha. It has 2x the Live Probiotics too! It is naturally energizing with organic caffeine vs leading competitors with zero caffeine. PS It is also verified nonalcoholic (other leading brands may contain alcohol).
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ReVitalize from the inside out and try out KeVita and let me know what you think! Re-energize that body of yours so you can keep on logging those miles and doing whatever things you love.
Ever had something health-wise or injury-wise that made it so that you had to miss a race? Let’s talk GI problems… ever struggled with any? How did it effect your running and what do you do to help? Have any allergies to any foods? How does stress effect your overall health now?