Probiotics, those friendly bacteria that live in our guts, seem to have so many possible health benefits that their acclaim has spread far beyond those who typically take vitamins and supplements. When my 11-year-old daughter was prescribed antibiotics recently, the P.A. said she should eat yogurt or take an probiotic supplement with each dose.
Probiotics are widely believed to help with preventing two of the common side effects of antibiotics – diarrhea and yeast infections. They might also keep infection-related diarrhea at bay, and benefit folks with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.
Probiotics could help with urinal health, eczema and general immune system support, too. In addition, some experts believe that probiotics can calm colicky babies and possibly benefit a number of other childhood ailments.
Unfortunately, the yogurt in your fridge might not have many probiotics left by the time you eat it. Also, probiotic supplement capsules could contain far fewer live probiotic cultures than the label claims.
Another option for reliably getting some healthy probiotics into your body (and your family’s) is GoodBelly, maker of delicious probiotic juice drinks and concentrated probiotic Plus Shots.
GoodBelly’s refrigerated shots and drinks drinks are loaded with billions of live, active cultures of the well-regarded probiotic strain Lactobacillus Plantarum 299v (LP299V®). The company’s juice drinks come in an array of flavors – mango, blueberry acai, pomegranate blackberry, coconut water, tropical orange, cranberry watermelon and tropical green.
They’re all organic, vegan, non-GMO, soy free and dairy free. The coconut water and tropical orange varieties are certified gluten free. The tropical greens juice drink is chock full of green veggies – alfalfa grass, spinach, chlorella, spirulina, oat grass and parsley.
GoodBelly juice drinks generally contain 110 to 120 calories per 8-ounce serving with just under 30 carbs, except for the coconut water with its 70 calories and 14 carb grams. Each juice drink carton contains 32 ounces (four 8-ounce servings).
For a quicker and more concentrated probiotic fix, try GoodBelly’s organic Plus Shots, which come four to a package and are available in blueberry acai, strawberry, mango or pomegranate blackberry varieties. Each 50-calorie, 80-milliliter Plus Shot packs billions of probiotics into a fruity tasting little package with no dairy, soy or GMOs.
GoodBelly wants you to try their products for 12 days and join their “Belly Reboot” program, which comes with a free Belly Tracker app, coupons, recipes and a money back guarantee.
The sample GoodBelly products I received for this review went fast in my house. I couldn’t keep the kids away from them, not that I wanted to, but I had to scramble to make sure I was able to try the products myself before they all disappeared!
We tried the mango Plus Shots and the mango and blueberry acai juice drinks. We enjoyed all of the products, but my favorite was the blueberry acai juice drink. Both the mango and blueberry acai juice drinks tasted delicious and thirst-quenching – more refreshing even than regular fruit juices.
You can find GoodBelly products at many fine grocery store chains, such as Kroger, Whole Foods and Giant Eagle, and they’re now also available at Super Target stores, too.
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