Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sick With No Energy... What Is Wrong?

Lately, I've been feeling like I have less energy. I also tend to get sick quite a bit. The crazy thing is, no one knows why. There isn't any rhyme or reason as to why I continuously get sick to my stomach. I am armed with more nausea pills than a pregnant woman, and it still doesn't help.

But ,I found something that has helped. Keep reading after the jump!
For the past few years, I've been battling an illness. It doesn't appear to have a name (though the closest I can find is cyclic vomiting syndrome, even though not all my symptoms seem to match). I've been tested in the past for gluten intolerance and other "known" issues that tend to keep people sick. But no answer. They all came back normal.

This isn't some small thing, either. I tend to get sick at the worst times. And almost always shows up in the morning, though it has shown up later in the day, too. The only common factor I've seen, is that I've had little sleep the night before. But I mean, since when does no sleep make you so sick you can't do anything at all?

Lately, I've been on a good streak. I haven't been sick in a while, and I'm hoping I won't be. I absolutely hate it. It's worse than your typical stomach bug. I hope I can stay on the up and up.

But I think I've been doing good thanks to a few small tricks in my diet.

I've been taking a few pills and supplements to help me out by boosting my mood, giving energy and even helping with my digestive health. I have lactose intolerance, but my sick spells don't appear to be related to the dairy. I can have some dairy without any problems. Others cause me to run to the bathroom. But I won't get into that.

One of the things I've been taking is probiotics. Probiotics can not only help your digestive health, but also improve your mood and energy. Probiotics help your body absorb nutrients that you need. You can find probiotics in pill form, but also in yogurt or drink form, too. I've had the yogurts, they aren't so bad.

I was sent a bottle of Ultra 15 Probiotics from Zenwise Labs. It couldn't have been a better time. I was lagging during the day, low on energy and my mood can switch at the drop of a dime (not related to a mood disorder).

I've been drinking matcha green tea, taking these probiotics and also taking vitamins to help my hair, skin and nails (read that post here). Since doing these things, I've noticed a huge difference in my mood, energy and stomach issues. I've been well for a while now, thanks to these things! Not sure if one is helping more than the other, but I don't think I want to find out! I'm pretty sure the probiotics have been helping with my stomach troubles as I've been less bloated, and I feel pretty dang good in the tummy area.

The pills aren't so big either! That's a plus!

The other day we went for a walk along the trail at one of our local parks. I've never walked on a trail before. This one takes you down into the wash area, where the waters go when it rains to try to help avoid flooding. It was pretty interesting to be down there! And next time I go I'm taking my camera to take photos. It'd be a great place to take some photos of the kids, and of nature. The stones, the brush, the rock. It's pretty cool, at least to me it is. Anyways, while we were there. I decided to jog a little to see if I could. It's been so long, and to be honest I didn't think I could. But I did! I don't know if it was my determination, or if it was the extra boost from the vitamins and supplements I've been taking, but I got a boost I didn't otherwise have. Nor have I previously had.

My husband has been taking these, too and he says he notices a difference during the day. Between this and the Vitamin D he has to take, he notices that he has a little extra pep in his step at work.

I definitely recommend these probiotics to anyone who finds themselves often getting sick. Whether it's due to something like IBS or lactose intolerance or its something your doctor recommends.

I do want to add that before you start taking any supplement or vitamin, you should consult with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you and won't cause any effects with any current medications. You can't be too careful!

If you're interested in checking out the bottle for yourself, you can get it on Amazon.

*My lactose intolerance isn't something I was born with. This was diagnosed about 5 years ago when I started having some issues with milk. Apparently, it's normal to develop lactose intolerance in your early to mid 20s. Or even later in life! 

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